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A weekly statistical report on the Canadiens' amateur prospects.

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The Juniors Report

The Montreal 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 in the aforementioned leagues performed last week:

Player League GP G A PTS PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 0 0 0 0 0
Jeremiah Addison (RW) OHL 2 1 0 1 2
Simon Bourque (D) QMJHL 2 1 4 5 4
Matt Bradley (C) WHL 2 0 0 0 0
Noah Juulsen (D) WHL 2 0 2 2 2
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 2 0 3 3 4
Nikolas Koberstein (D) NCAA 2 0 0 0 0
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save % SO
Hayden Hawkey NCAA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael McNiven OHL 1 0 0 1 3.77 .907 0

Jeremiah Addison: It was a short week for the Ottawa 67s forward, who is maintaing his recent goal-scoring trend despite limited action. He scored a goal in his first game of the week, a 2-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. He went without a point in his next game, a 3-1 loss to the Kitchener Rangers

The seventh-round pick has now scored seven goals in his last ten games and is second on his team in goals.

Daniel Audette: There is going to be an unfortunate break in Audette's season after suffering an injury on October 29th. A collision with fellow Canadiens prospect Simon Bourque saw him leave the game with a shoulder injury, and current projections have him out for at least three more weeks.

Simon Bourque: The offensive upside in Simon Bourque's game has been very notable of late for the Rimouski Oceanic. He contributed two assists in his first game, a 4-3 overtime loss to Sherbrooke Phoenix, and one-upped that performance in a 6-3 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles with another two assists and the flukiest goal he will ever score in his hockey career.

Bourque leads his team in defensive scoring with 15 points and has scored eight points in his last five games.

Matt Bradley: It was a short and quiet week for the Medicine Hat Tigers forward. Bradley went without a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kootenay Ice, and scoreless as well in a 5-2 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds.

While it is still early in the season, it is not overly encouraging that Bradley is averaging just 0.54 points per game in his draft-plus-one season so far.

Noah Juulsen: Juulsen had a short week with the Everett Silvertips but did finally find his way back to the scoresheet after a scoring drought.

He went without a point in his first game, a 2-1 overtime win over the Prince George Cougars. He recorded his first points in seven games the next night, marking two assists in a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Giants

Juulsen is currently tied for the team lead in defensive scoring with two goals and five assists in 11 games.

Jake Evans: It was a solid week for the sophomore Notre Dame forward. He marked three assists in his first game to help lead his team to a 4-3 win over the University of Minnesota. He went scoreless in the next game, a 4-1 loss to Minnesota.

With a goal and seven assists through eight games this season, Evans is already halfway towards matching his points total from last season where he scored 17 in 41 games.

Nikolas Koberstein; There remains little to discuss for Koberstein's rookie season with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, as he went without a point in both of his games this past weekend: a 5-2 win over Northern Michigan University, and a 5-2 loss to Northern Michigan.

Koberstein has no points in the first five games of his NCAA career.

Hayden Hawkey: With a break in the schedule for Providence College, there were no games for Hawkey to play this past week.

Michael McNiven: It was a very short week for the Owen Sound Attack netminder. He started a single game, where he stopped 39 of 43 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Sarnia Sting.

While McNiven is now with only two wins in his last six starts, it is worth noting he is tied for the third-best save percentage in the OHL at .919 on a team that is rather short on premium junior talent.

Season Stats to Date:

Player League GP G A PTS PIM
Daniel Audette (C) QMJHL 15 8 17 25 10
Simon Bourque (D) QMJHL 17 3 12 15 24
Jeremiah Addison (RW) OHL 18 8 5 13 24
Matt Bradley (C) WHL 13 4 3 7 4
Noah Juulsen (D) WHL 11 2 5 7 12
Jake Evans (C) NCAA 8 1 7 8 4
Nikolas Koberstein (D) NCAA 5 0 0 0 0
Goalie League GP W L OTL GAA Save % SO
Hayden Hawkey NCAA 2 1 0 0 2.75 .912 0
Michael McNiven OHL 17 8 5 3 2.59 .919 1