Written by Robert Rice, AllHabs.net

The Three Stars of the Week


1. D Nathan Beaulieu

Since the beginning of February, Nathan Beaulieu has become the most dangerous defenceman in the Quebec Major Junior league and the star blueliner has not given any indication he’s slowing down. Beaulieu began his week by helping to power a victory for his Saint John Sea Dogs over the Moncton Wildcats marking the game-winning goal and adding two assists as well. Beaulieu would next collect two assists in an definitive 8-1 rout of Cape Breton on Friday. Beaulieu would finish his week with a goal and assist in a 5-2 victory over Acadie-Bathurst on Saturday, raising him to 51 points on his season and his first career 50-point season. Beaulieu’s 50-point benchmark also raised him to 151 career points in the QMJHL. Since February 3rd, Beaulieu has scored 21 points in 12 games, is ranked 5th overall in league defensive scoring and is 2nd in points per game as a defenceman. Beaulieu was drafted in the 1st round, 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 Entry Draft.

2. RW Patrick Holland

Patrick Holland continues his impressive final year in the Western Hockey League while maintaining his status as the league’s assists leader. Holland would score a goal and assist in his first game of the week, helping to lead Tri-City to a 3-1 victory over Seattle on Tuesday. Holland would next add two more assists to his totals in an eventual 6-4 loss to the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night. Holland would reach a notable milestone on Saturday, his single assist was also his 100th point of the season, but it was on a sour note as Tri-City fell 4-1 to Everett. Holland finished his week with another assist in a tight 4-3 victory over Portland on Sunday, which also extended his points streak to 14 straight games. Holland has scored three goals and 27 assists in his 14-game points streak and has at least one assist in each game dating back to February 10th. Holland is currently 6th overall in WHL scoring and leads the league in assists with 77. Holland was drafted in the 7th round, 193rd overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2010 Entry Draft and was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens in the Mike Cammalleri trade.

3. RW Brendan Gallagher

Gallagher continues to set the pace as one of the most explosive scoring forwards in the WHL as he inches towards the end of his junior career. Gallagher would begin his week by marking a goal and assist for his Vancouver Giants in what became an unfortunate 6-4 loss to Medicine Hat on Friday. Gallagher would reach a familiar career milestone on Saturday, scoring a goal for his 3rd consecutive 40-goal season in what was unfortunately, a 5-2 loss to Victoria. Gallagher would close out his week with an assist on the opening, and eventual game-winning goal of a 6-0 win on Sunday in a rematch with Victoria. Gallagher’s push to 40 goals is the fastest of his career with a notable scoring pace of .82 goals per game, 4th-best in the league. Gallagher is currently 7th in the WHL in goals and every player ahead of him has played at least 10 more games than he has. Gallagher was drafted in the 5th round, 147th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 Entry Draft.

 On The Radar:

  • C Andreas Engqvist scored two goals and an assist with Hamilton to maintain his scoring lead on the team.
  • D Morgan Ellis scored a goal and two assists to place 7th overall in defensive scoring in the QMJHL. Ellis has marked 24 points in 22 games since being traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes.
  • RW Danny Kristo scored two goals and two assists over the weekend for new career highs in both goals and assists with 17 goals, 23 assists for his first 40-point season in NCAA hockey.
  • LW Steve Quailer recorded two assists for a new career high of 17 and tied his career high in points of 25, in 15 fewer games with Northeastern University.

 

Question Marks:

  • LW Olivier Archambault is out indefinitely with a concussion.
  • LW Olivier Fortier is day to day with a knee injury.
  • D Scott Kishel has been demoted to the bubble category of prospects after being a healthy scratch for four of Minnesota-Duluth’s last eight games.
  • D Brendon Nash is recovering from shoulder surgery.
  • D Jarred Tinordi is day to day with a knee injury.
  • D Dustin Walsh is out with a hip injury.

 

Complete Statistics for the week of February 27th, 2012
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, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
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 11 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be thought to have future consideration for an NHL position. The Hamilton Bulldogs have a record of 25-26-1-4, are 5th in their Division, 13th in their Conference, 27rd overall in the AHL.

 

RW Alexander Avtsin: 20 years old, 6’2″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 45GP 6G 7A -17 26 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A -2 4 PIM
Complete Stats 48GP 6G 7A -19 30 PIM

C Philip DeSimone 24 years old, 6’1”, 188 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 55GP 11G 15A -16 28 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 0A -2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 58GP 12G 15A -18 28 PIM

G Peter Delmas: 21 years old, 6’2”, 188 pound, Catches Left.

Season Stats 1GP 1-0-0 1.00 GAA .963%

C Gabriel Dumont: 21 years old, 5’10”, 189 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 42GP 9G 8A -7 34 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 42GP 9G 8A -7 34 PIM

C Andreas Engqvist: 23 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.              

Season Stats 42GP 16G 14A 0 26 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 2G 1A 0 2 PIM
Complete Stats 45GP 18G 15A 0 28 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 21 years old, 6’, 180 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 25GP 9G 8A -6 12 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 2A 0 8 PIM
Complete Stats 27GP 9G 10A -6 20 PIM

D Frédéric St-Denis: 26 years old, 5’11”, 193 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 46GP 3G 22A -4 12 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A -1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 49GP 3G 22A -5 14 PIM

Called up to Montreal:

RW Mike Blunden: 25 years old, 6’4”, 218 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 16GP 3G 4A 0 8 PIM

 LW Blake Geoffrion: 24 years old, 6’2”, 190 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 25GP 4G 12A -2 10 PIM

RW Aaron Palushaj: 22 years old, 6′, 188 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 31GP 13G 18A +3 28 PIM

Injured:

 C Olivier Fortier: 22 years old, 6’, 185 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 29GP 7G 6A 0 14 PIM

 D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM

ECHL:

G Peter Delmas: 21 years old, 6’2”, 188 pound, Catches Left.

Season Stats 23GP 15-7-0 2.51 GAA .911 %
Weekly Stats 4GP 1-3-0 3.00 GAA .888 %
Complete Stats 27GP 16-9-0 2.67 GAA .908 %

 

 

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

25W, 29L, 2 OTL, 7 SOL – 14th of 17th overall in the QMJHL.

Season Stats 41GP 13G 22A -20 24 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 41GP 13G 22A -20 24 PIM

D Nathan Beaulieu: 19 years old, 6’3”, 191 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Saint John Sea Dogs – Alternate Captain

47W, 14L, 0 OTL, 2 SOL- 1st of 17th overall in the QMJHL

Season Stats 46GP 9G 35A +33 89 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 2G 5A +9 2 PIM
Complete Stats 49GP 11G 40A +42 91 PIM

C Michaël Bournival: 19 years old, 6’, 187 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain

42W, 14L, 3 OTL, 4 SOL – 2nd of 17th overall in the QMJHL.

Season Stats 34GP 27G 24A +13 21 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 36GP 27G 25A +14 21 PIM

D Morgan Ellis: 19 years old, 6’2″, 204 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Alternate Captain

42W, 14L, 3 OTL, 4 SOL – 2nd of 17th overall in the QMJHL

Season Stats 54GP 13G 33A +18 45 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 2A +3 4 PIM
Complete Stats 56GP 14G 35A +21 49 PIM

OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 19 years old, 6’6″, 215 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: London Knights – Team Captain

45W, 16L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 1st of 20th overall in the OHL

Season Stats 42GP 2G 14A +39 63 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 43GP 2G 14A +40 63 PIM

WHL:

D Darren Dietz: 18 years old, 6’1”, 195 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

36W, 27L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL – 12th of 22nd overall in the WHL

Season Stats 63GP 14G 23A +7 107 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 1A -4 4 PIM
Complete Stats 66GP 14G 24A +3 111 PIM

RW Brendan Gallagher: 19 years old, 5’8″, 175 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Vancouver Giants – Team Captain

37W, 25L, 1 OTL, 3 SOL – 9th of 22nd overall in the WHL

Season Stats 46GP 38G 33A +18 58 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 2G 2A +5 4 PIM
Complete Stats 49GP 40G 35A +23 62 PIM

RW Patrick Holland: 20 years old, 6’, 175 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Tri-City Americans

46W, 17L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL – 2nd of 22nd overall in the WHL

Season Stats 60GP 23G 72A +37 42 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP 1G 5A 0 6 PIM
Complete Stats 64GP 24G 77A +37 48 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: 20 years old,  6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(21W, 11L, 4T)

Season Stats 35GP 4G 15A +12 18 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 35GP 4G 15A +12 18 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 21 years old, 5’11”, 188 pounds, RH shot.

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(20W, 12L, 3T)

Season Stats 33GP 15G 21A +10 31 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 2G 2A +3 0 PIM
Complete Stats 35GP 17G 23A +13 31 PIM

C Mark MacMillan: 19 years old, 6’, 170 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(20W, 12L, 3T)

Season Stats 33GP 4G 9A -7 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 35GP 5G 9A -7 22 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 21 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds, RH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(21W, 11L, 4T)

Season Stats 35GP 2G 13A +12 63 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 35GP 2G 13A +12 63 PIM

LW Steve Quailer: 22 years old, 6’4”, 200 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: Northeastern University Huskies

(13W, 16L, 5T)

Season Stats 24GP 8G 15A +7 34 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 2A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 26GP 8G 17A +7 34 PIM

C Dustin Walsh: 20 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green

(13W, 14L, 4T)

Season Stats 8GP 3G 7A +5 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 8GP 3G 7A +5 2 PIM

 

Czech Extraliga Report: The Extraliga is the top professional league in the Czech Republic. The First League is the league that plays under it.

 

 

C Daniel Pribyl: 18 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, RH shot.

Extraliga Team: HC Sparta Praha

35W, 7L, 10 OTL – 1st of 14th overall in the league

Season Stats 17GP 2G 0A +1 4 PIM

Czech First League Team: HC Berountsi Medovi

20W, 29L, 3 OTL – 13th of 14th overall in the League

Season Stats 21GP 9G 4A -4 6 PIM

 

 

Elitserien Report: The Swedish Elite League is the top professional league of Sweden. The Allsvenskan league plays under it.

 

 

D Magnus Nygren: 21 years old, 6’1”, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Elitserien Team: Farjestads BK

(26W, 18L, 10 OTL – 6th of 12 overall in the League)

Season Stats 47GP 7G 11A -10 6 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 49GP 7G 11A -10 6 PIM

Allsvenskan Team: Bofors IK Karlskoga

(33W, 15L, 1 OTL – 3rd of 14th overall in the League)

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

 

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