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Catching the Torch: Jeremy Grégoire notches eight points in two games

A weekly statistical report on the Montreal Canadiens' junior and European prospects

Richard Wolowicz

Player of the Week: Jeremy Grégoire

It was a short. yet impressive week of production for the captain of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Grégoire opened the weekend with his first three-point game of the season, scoring a goal and two assists to guide his team to a 6-1 win the over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Drakkar and the Huskies would play a rematch after a day's rest, which turned out to be bad news for Rouyn-Noranda, as the rest seemed to benefit Grégoire far more than his opponents. He set a new career high for points in a game, ripping off two goals and three assists to ensure his team's 6-3 victory. After missing the first 34 games of the season dealing with a wrist injury, Grégoire is scoring at a pace of 1.46 points per game.

GP Goals Assists Points PIM
2 3 5 8 4

The Juniors Report

The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the Western Hockey League (WHL), the USHL (United States Hockey League) and the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

Here's how the players playing in the aforementioned leagues performed last week

Player League GP G A PTS PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Grégoire (RW) QMJHL 2 3 5 8 4
Michael McCarron (RW) OHL 3 0 1 1 4
Tim Bozon (LW) WHL 4 5 2 7 0
Brett Lernout (D) WHL 2 0 0 0 0
Nikita Scherbak (RW) WHL 4 1 3 4 6
Nikolas Koberstein (D) USHL 3 1 1 2 2
Josiah Didier (D) NCAA 2 0 0 0 0
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 2 0 1 1 2
Mark MacMillan (C) NCAA 2 2 0 2 0
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save % SO
Zach Fucale QMJHL 2 2 0 0 1.44 .931 0

Daniel Audette: Due to an unspecified illness, Daniel Audette did not play any games with Sherbrooke Phoenix this week.

Michael McCarron: McCarron continues to find the back of the net an elusive objective since his trade to the Oshawa Generals. He went pointless in his first game of the week, a 5-2 win over the Peterborough Petes. He then collected an assist in the following game, a 5-3 win over the North Bay Battalion.

He ended the week facing off against his former team the London Knights, but missed the scoresheet in a 6-3 win for Oshawa. McCarron has only two goals and seven points in 11 games since arriving in Oshawa, while his goals-per-game average is still a very respectable 0.69, his scoring pace has taken a notable hit since the trade.

Tim Bozon: After a scoring drought, Bozon displayed his nose for the net this past week with the Kootenay Ice. He was scoreless in his first game, a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Giants. He stole the show in his next game, scoring his fourth career hat trick, leading his team to a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. His next game saw him mark an assist in a 5-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos. Bozon finished the week off in style marking two goals and an assist to help Kootenay to a 7-4 win over the Prince George Cougars.

Brett Lernout: It was a short and unremarkable week for Lernout with the Swift Current Broncos. He went without  a point in his first game, an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of the Calgary Hitmen. He failed to find the scoresheet in his next game, a 5-2 loss to the Kootenay Ice.

Nikita Scherbak: That last several weeks for Scherbak have not been his best of the season, but he continues to produce at a noteworthy pace for the Everett Silvertips. He marked an assist in his first game this week, a 6-1 win over the Prince George Cougars. He added a goal in the following night's rematch versus Prince George in a 4-1 win for Everett. He missed the scoresheet in the following game, a 5-3 loss to the Kelowna Rockets. He finished the week off earning two assists in a rematch with Kelowna.

Scherbak is eighth in the WHL in overall scoring and holds a 1.4 points per game average.

Nikolas Koberstein: In a somewhat surprising run, Koberstein tripled his point production on the season this past week with the Bloomington Thunder. His first game saw him score a goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He went pointless in a 5-1 win over the Madison Capitols before adding an assist to end the week with a 4-1 win over the Team USA Juniors. Koberstein has 2 goals, 1 assist in 38 games in the USHL.

Josiah Didier:  Didier continues to have an underwhelming statistical season with the University of Denver. He went pointless in two games over the weekend in 3-1 and 4-1 losses to Miami University. Didier has 1 goal in 23 games this season and no points in his last six games.

Jake Evans: It has been a slow stretch for the University of Notre Dame rookie. He picked up an assist in his first game, a 3-2 loss to Northeastern University. before missing the scoresheet in a 4-2 loss to the same team in his next game. Evans has scored no goals and only two assists in his last 7 games.

Mark MacMillan: MacMillan's season stands as one of consistency with the University of North Dakota. In back-to-back games this weekend versus Colorado College, he scored a goal in the opening 2-1 win and matched that contribution in the following 5-3 victory.

MacMillan leads his team with 13 goals this season and has 21 points in 21 games.

Hayden Hawkey: Hayden Hawkey has unfortunately been ruled out for the remainder of the 2014-15 season due to suffering tears in his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Medial Collateral Ligament on November 29.

Zach Fucale: Fucale appears to be settling in with the Quebec Remparts of late, as he put up one of his best statistical weeks of the season. He stopped 24 of 25 shots in his first game, a 6-1 win when he faced his former team, the Halifax Mooseheads for the first time since being traded.

He stopped 17 of 19 shots in his next start, then held off 2 of 3 shooters in the shootout to help his team gain a 3-2 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes. Fucale finished the week with a .931 save percentage over his two starts.

The European report:

The SHL is the top professional men's league in Sweden and is at a comparable level to the AHL. Strong play here can often give indications that the player is moving towards being capable of playing in the NHL.

The Extraliga is the top professional men's league in the Czech Republic. While it is not at the level of the SHL, it is still a competitive pro league where solid production would give credence to a player's NHL potential.

Here's how the European prospects performed last week:

Player League GP G A PTS PIM
Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW) SHL 2 0 0 0 2
Joonas Nättinen (C/RW) SHL 2 0 0 0 4
Martin Réway (C/LW) Extraliga 2 0 1 1 0

Artturi Lehkonen: The offensive struggles see no signs of abating for Lehkonen as he continues his season with Frolunda HC. He went without a point in a 3-2 OT loss to Karpat Oulu in the Champion's Hockey League.  He was similarly stymied in SHL play as well, missing the scoresheet in a 4-1 win over Lulea HF and a 3-2 loss to Vaxjo Lakers HC. Lehkonen has not scored a goal in the SHL since October 11th and has no points in his last 15 SHL games.

Joonas Nättinen: Nättinen's recent productive run came to an abrupt stop this past week. He went without a point in a 3-2 win over Djurgardens IF and failed to find the scoresheet in a 1-0 overtime loss to HV 71.

Martin Réway: It was a relatively quiet offensive week for Réway with Sparta Praha. He collected an assist in his first game in a 2-1 win over HC Plzen. He failed to register a point in his next game as he and his team were shut out 5-0 by HK Hradec Kralove. Réway is second on his team in points-per-game production at 0.93 with 26 points in 28 games this season.

Year to date statistics:

Player League GP G A P PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 40 19 30 49 50
Jeremy Grégoire (RW) QMJHL 13 7 11 18 29
Michael McCarron (RW) OHL 36 25 23 48 94
Tim Bozon (LW) WHL 33 19 22 41 10
Brett Lernout (D) WHL 48 10 14 24 50
Nikita Scherbak (RW) WHL 42 21 38 59 40
Nikolas Koberstein (D) USHL 38 2 1 3 77
Josiah Didier (D) NCAA 23 1 4 5 45
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 26 5 9 14 16
Mark MacMillan (C) NCAA 21 13 8 21 19
Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW) SHL 34 4 7 11 6
Joonas Nättinen (C/RW) SHL 41 6 7 13 32
Martin Réway (C/LW) Extraliga 28 7 19 26 36
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save% SO
Zachary Fucale QMJHL 29 16 11 2 2.95 .893 3
Hayden Hawkey USHL 15 5 7 2 2.99 .896 1