Catching The Torch: Holland Steps Up

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by Robert Rice, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

TORONTO, ON — This week in review (March 4th – March 10th), top honours belong to a prospect who has flown under the radar this season.

Your comments are most welcome. If you have a question about any of the prospects email me, and perhaps it will be answered in the weekly All Habs Mailbag feature that appears on these pages on Thursdays.

 

The Three Stars

1. RW Patrick Holland

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(Photo by Hamilton Spectator)

Patrick Holland like most of his teammates, has not enjoyed an overly strong campaign in the AHL this season as the Hamilton Bulldogs struggle, but he has enjoyed a strong stretch as of late. Holland would begin the week with an assist on the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory for the Bulldogs over the Abbotsford Heat. Holland would next pick up another assist in a 2-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Holland would mark his first two-goal game of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen, including scoring the game-winner. Holland would miss the scoresheet in his final game of the week in a rematch with the Grand Rapids Griffins in a 4-1 loss. Patrick Holland was drafted in the 7th round, 193rd overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2010 NHL Draft and was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens in the package that sent Mike Cammalleri to Calgary..

 

2. D Darren Dietz

It has been a banner year for Darren Dietz’s offensive numbers in the WHL and he does not seem to be content to sit on his laurels either as he helps the Saskatoon Blades late season surge. Dietz would score a goal and assist in a losing effort against the Calgary Hitmen in an eventual 9-5 loss to begin his week. Dietz would mark an identical contribution in the following game in a more satisfying 6-3 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers. Dietz would mark a goal for a 3rd straight game next, a wild comeback win for Saskatoon over the Regina Pats, an eventual 8-7 overtime victory after the Blades fell behind 5-1 early in the game. Dietz’s 23 goals this season lead all defencemen in the WHL and he is currently 3rd overall in league defensive scoring. Darren Dietz was drafted in the 5th round, 138th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

 

3. LW Charles Hudon

 The captain of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens is aiming to have a strong finish to his season after some recent cold streaks. Hudon would go without a point in a 6-2 drubbing of Chicoutimi by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, but would soon find his form in the next game. Hudon would score a goal and three assists to lead a 7-2 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix, which also marked his 1st 30-goal season in the QMJHL. Hudon would finish the week adding an assist to his scoring totals to round out his week in a 7-1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques. Charles Hudon was drafted in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

 

On The Radar:

 –          LW Olivier Archambault scored three goals.

–          LW Tim Bozon scored a goal and two assists.

–          D Magnus Nygren was awarded the Borge Salming Trophy for being the best Swedish defencemen outside of the NHL.

–          C Brady Vail scored a goal and three assists.

 

Question Marks:

 –         D Morgan Ellis has no points in his last 29 games.

–         RW Louis Leblanc has 1 point in his last 5 games.

–          D Dalton Thrower has 1 goal in his last 24 games.

 

NHL Graduates:

 C Alex Galchenyuk: 19 years old, 6’0”, 194 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Sarnia Sting – Team Captain

 

Season Stats 33GP 27G 34A +16 22 PIM

 

RW Brendan Gallagher: 20 years old, 5’9″, 182 pounds, RH shot.

 

Season Stats 36GP 10G 10A -1 61 PIM

 

Season-Ending Injuries:

LW Blake Geoffrion: 24 years old, 6’1”, 190 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season Stats 10GP 4G 2A -3 9 PIM

 

C Joonas Nättinen: 21 years old, 6’2”, 187 pounds, RH shot.

 

Season Stats 24GP 5G 4A +6 8 PIM

 

 Complete Statistics for the week of March 4th, 2013
Legend
Skaters:
Games Played, Goals, Assists, +/-, Penalty Minutes
Goalies: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage
Teams: Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses, Shootout Losses. For NCAA, Wins, Losses, Ties. For Elitserien/Allsvenskan/Extraliga, Wins, Losses, Overtime Losses.
Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

The AHL Report: The Hamilton Bulldogs have been the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens since 2002. It is the most common route for developing Montreal Canadiens prospects into full-time members of the organization. There are currently 9 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be thought to have future consideration for an NHL position. The Hamilton Bulldogs are 24-29-1-5 this season, 5th in the North Division, 28th overall in the AHL.

 

 

D Nathan Beaulieu: 20 years old, 6’2”, 194 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season Stats 53GP 6G 13A -11 43 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP 0G 1A +1 7 PIM
Complete Stats 57GP 6G 14A -10 50 PIM

 

C Michaël Bournival: 20 years old, 5’11, 191 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season Stats 48GP 7G 13A +2 20 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP 0G 2A +3 0 PIM
Complete Stats 52GP 7G 15A +5 20 PIM

 

C Gabriel Dumont: 22 years old, 5’10”, 189 pounds, RH shot.

 

Season Stats 52GP 15G 15A +2 81 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 52GP 15G 15A +2 81 PIM

 

D Morgan Ellis: 20 years old, 6’1″, 202 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 50GP 3G 4A -12 51 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP 0G 0A 0 2 PIM
Complete Stats 54GP 3G 4A -12 53 PIM

 

RW Patrick Holland: 21 years old, 6’, 175 pounds, RH shot.

 

Season Stats 53GP 5G 12A -8 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP 2G 2A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 57GP 7G 14A -7 4 PIM

 

RW Louis Leblanc: 21 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, RH shot.

 

Season Stats 41GP 8G 4A -8 35 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP 1G 0A -1 6 PIM
Complete Stats 45GP 9G 4A -9 41 PIM

 

D Greg Pateryn: 21 years old, 6’2”, 219 pounds, RH shot.

 

Season Stats 21GP 4G 3A -3 15 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 1A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 22GP 4G 4A -3 15 PIM

 

D Jarred Tinordi: 21 years old, 6’6″, 218 pounds, LH shot

 

Season Stats 51GP 2G 9A -6 49 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP 0G 0A -1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 55GP 2G 9A -7 51 PIM

 

G Dustin Tokarski: 23 years old, 5’11”, 198 pounds, Catches left.

 

Season Stats 39GP 21-10-4 2.31 GAA .908%
Weekly Stats 2GP 1-1-0 1.00 GAA .966%
Complete Stats 41GP 22-11-4 2.25 GAA .912%

 

 

The Juniors Report: The Canadiens currently feature prospects playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). These leagues can be considered the primary conduit towards professional hockey in North America.

 

 

QMJHL:

 LW Olivier Archambault: 19 years old, 5’11”, 184 pounds. LH shot.

Junior Club: Drummondville Voltigeurs

Team Record: 36-25-2-2

 

Season Stats 59GP 28G 34A -4 46 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 3G 0A -3 6 PIM
Complete Stats 62GP 31G 34A -7 52 PIM

 

LW Charles Hudon: 18 years old, 5’10”, 171 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Team Captain

Team Record: 29-30-2-5

 

Season Stats 51GP 29G 35A +13 66 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 4A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 54GP 30G 39A +13 66 PIM

OHL:

 

C Brady Vail: 19 years old, 6’, 195 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 26-31-2-6

 

Season Stats 63GP 18G 32A -24 41 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 3A +4 0 PIM
Complete Stats 65GP 19G 35A -20 41 PIM

 

WHL:

LW Tim Bozon: 18 years old, 6’0”, 183 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Kamloops Blazers

Team Record: 45-20-2-3

 

Season Stats 64GP 32G 49A +29 54 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 2A +1 4 PIM
Complete Stats 67GP 33G 51A +30 58 PIM

 

D Darren Dietz: 19 years old, 6’1”, 195 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 43-21-2-3

 

Season Stats 66GP 20G 29A +9 96 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 3G 2A +1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 69GP 23G 31A +10 98 PIM

 

D Dalton Thrower: 19 years old, 5’11”, 200 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades

Team Record: 43-21-2-3

 

Season Stats 51GP 5G 20A +20 89 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A -2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 52GP 5G 20A +18 89 PIM

 

 

US College Hockey (NCAA) Report: The Canadiens have drafted a number of college players in recent years, these are generally ‘project players’ who benefit from additional years in lower level hockey to develop their skills.

 

 

D Mac Bennett: 21 years old,  6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 15-18-3

 

Season Stats 24GP 5G 11A +1 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A -2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 26GP 6G 11A -1 4 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 22 years old, 5’11”, 188 pounds, RH shot.
NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 19-10-7

 

Season Stats 32GP 20G 24A +13 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 34GP 21G 24A +12 22 PIM

 

C Mark MacMillan: 21 years old, 6’, 183 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Team Record: 19-10-7

 

Season Stats 34GP 12G 12A +10 20 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 36GP 13G 12A +10 20 PIM

 

 

 

Czech Extraliga Report: The Extraliga is the top professional league in the Czech Republic.

 

 

C Daniel Pribyl: 20 years old, 6’3”, 193 pounds, RH shot.

Extraliga Team: HC Sparta Prague

Team Record: 29-19-4

Team Playoff Record: 1-1

 

Season Stats 42GP 12G 10A +14 10 PIM
Playoff Stats 2GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM

 

Elitserien Report: The Elitserien or Swedish Elite League is the top professional league of Sweden. A prospect playing well in this league is a typical indication they may be ready for the NHL. The Allsvenskan is the secondary professional league of Sweden, playing directly under the Elitserien.

 

RW Sebastian Collberg: 18 years old, 5’11”, 180 pounds, RH shot.

Elitserien Team: Frölunda HC

Team Record: 29-21-5

 

Season Stats 34GP 6G 3A +1 6 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 35GP 6G 3A +1 6 PIM

 

Allsvenskan Team: Örebro HK

                                               

Season Stats 15GP 6G 2A +4 2 PIM

 

 

D Magnus Nygren: 22 years old, 6’1”, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Elitserien Team: Färjestads BK

Team Record: 34-14-7

 

Season Stats 50GP 13G 18A +10 49 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 1A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 51GP 13G 19A +11 49 PIM

 

RW Erik Nyström: 19 years old, 5’11”, 176 pounds, LH shot.

Allsvenskan Team: Karlskrona HK

Team Record: 12-38-2

 

Season Stats 23GP 5G 6A -3 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 23GP 5G 6A -3 4 PIM

 

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