The Juniors Report
The Montreal Canadiens organization currently features 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:
|Daniel Audette (C)||QMJHL||1||1||1||2||0|
|Jeremiah Addison (RW)||OHL||2||2||2||4||4|
|Simon Bourque (D)||QMJHL||4||2||1||3||2|
|Matt Bradley (C)||WHL||3||2||1||3||0|
|Noah Juulsen (D)||WHL||3||0||1||1||0|
|Jake Evans (C)||NCAA||2||0||0||0||0|
|Nikolas Koberstein (D)||NCAA||2
Jeremiah Addison: It was a strong showing for the Ottawa 67's forward, who had seen a lull in his goal-scoring of late. Addison scored two goals and an assist in an 8-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves, breaking an eight-game goal drought in the process.
He picked up an assist in his second game, a 5-1 loss to the London Knights.
Daniel Audette: Audette had a very brief week, as he had to sit out the Sherbrooke Phoenix's game with a suspected concussion. He was deemed well enough to play in his team's final game, and showed no signs of a lingering problem as he scored a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the Charlottetown .
He snapped a seven-game goal drought with his goal, but his season scoring rate remains unimpressive in terms of progress, as he is trailing his previous season points-per-game pace of 1.21; currently contributing 1.18 points per contest.
Simon Bourque: The captain of the Rimouski Oceanic continues to show up as the key offensive cog of their blue line. He scored a goal — the eventual game-winner — in a 2-1 victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to start things off. He went scoreless in a 4-2 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques, collected an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and finished up by adding another goal to his total in a 5-3 loss to the Victoriaville Tigres.
Bourque currently sits sixth overall in defensive scoring in the QMJHL, and is tied for third overall in scoring on his team.
Matt Bradley: There was a spark of offence from the Medicine Hat Tigers forward. He scored a goal and an assist in his first game, a 4-3 shootout loss to the Regina Pats. Bradley also scored one of his team's two shootout goals in the game.
He contributed the game-winning goal for his team in their next game, a 2-0 win over the Swift Current Broncos before going scoreless in a 4-3 overtime win over the Brandon Wheat.
Bradley surpassed his previous season points total of 40, reaching 42 on the season while having played 12 fewer games.
Noah Juulsen: The offensive struggles of continue to be a theme for the Everett Silvertips blue liner, who went without a point in his first two games of the week: a 6-5 overtime loss to the Kelowna Rockets and a 2-0 shutout loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds.
A day-to-day injury kept Juulsen out of his team's game against Kamloops the night after the Kelowna game, as he had left the third period of that contest for unspecified reasons, and was then scratched for the next game.
He picked up an assist in his final game, a 3-2 win over the Tri-City Americans. His 0.46 points-per-game average is of concern given his 0.76 pace in his draft year.
Jake Evans: It was a surprisingly quiet weekend for the University of Notre Dame star, going scoreless in both of his team's games. Despite not hitting the scoresheet in either the 3-2 loss or 1-0 victory versus Boston University, Evans remains tied for the scoring lead on Notre Dame and is the team leader in assists with 24.
Nikolas Koberstein: The offensive futility of Koberstein's season shows no sign of abating with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He went without a point in both of his team's games this past weekend, which saw Alaska fall 6-5 and 3-2 in a pair of losses to Michigan Tech.
Hayden Hawkey: It was a rare chance for action this weekend for Hayden Hawkey with Providence College. He came off the bench in his team's second game, a 6-0 win over Massachusetts as he, his team's starter, and the third-string goalie each got time in the net to take part in the hockey program's shared first place finish in the Hockey East Conference.
Hawkey had 27:55 of ice time during the game and stopped all 10 shots he faced.
Michael McNiven: It was a weekend of mixed results for the Owen Sound Attack netminder. He took a win in his first start, stopping 13 of 15 shots against as Owen Sound ran over the Mississauga Steelheads in a rather tilted 10-2 victory. He posted a loss in his second and final start, stopping 35 of 39 shots against as Owen Sound fell 4-1 to the Sarnia Sting.
McNiven's save percentage stands at .907 on the season, ranking him ninth overall in the OHL.
Season Stats to Date:
|Daniel Audette (C)||QMJHL||44||18||34||52||47|
|Simon Bourque (D)||QMJHL||58||12||30||42||44|
|Jeremiah Addison (RW)||OHL||58||24||23||47||64|
|Matt Bradley (C)||WHL||60||20||22||42||35|
|Noah Juulsen (D)||WHL||54||6||19||25||35|
|Jake Evans (C)||NCAA||34||8||24||32||29|
|Nikolas Koberstein (D)||NCAA||24||1||1||2||8|