Catching the Torch, Bournival Breaks Out (January 9-15)

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Written by Robert Rice, AllHabs.net

The Three Stars of the Week

1. C Michaël Bournival

Bournival has played far fewer games than most of his fellow CHL prospects this season, but his current season in the Quebec Major Junior League still remains one of the most impressive. Bournival has kept his pace all season as the Cataractes best scorer per games played, capping off his week with a notable three goals and four assists. Bournival began his campaign on Thursday against the Saint John Sea Dogs, assisting on the eventual game-winning goal, than assisting on another and scoring a goal to give Shawinigan a comfortable 4-1 victory. Bournival would improve upon his scoring the next game as he would score two goals and two assists in just under 14 minutes to power Shawinigan to an 8-2 victory over PEI Rocket on Friday. Bournival would go without a point on Saturday however, which also ended a notable scoring streak of seven goals and eleven assists in his previous eight games. Bournival’s most impressive statistic of the season remains his prodigious goal scoring, he now has nineteen goals in twenty games this season. Bournival was drafted in the 3rd round, 71st overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2010 Entry Draft and was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Ryan O’Byrne.

2. D Darren Dietz

After a notable dip in his scoring following an early-season outburst, Dietz has worked his way back into the scoring column of late with the Saskatoon Blades in a heavy 4-game schedule that saw Dietz collect four points. Dietz scored his 7th goal of the season on Wednesday as the Blades took a 2-0 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings. Dietz would miss the scoresheet on Friday, but would add an assist in an 8-6 win on Saturday over the Prince Albert Raiders. Dietz would pick up two more assists on Sunday as the Blades would take a 7-4 decision over the Regina Pats, in his first multi-point game since November 2nd. Dietz’s scoring has had a dramatic increase of late, after a previous 17-game stretch of a goal and four assists, he’s since scored two goals and three assists in his last five games. Dietz was drafted in the 5th round, 138th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 Entry Draft.

3. C Louis Leblanc

Leblanc’s split season with the Canadiens has seen him dip quite a bit in the scoring charts with the Hamilton Bulldogs, but Leblanc seems resolved to close the gap of late. Leblanc scored two goals on Friday night to help spur a comeback after the Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 to the Adirondack Phantoms in an eventual 5-4 loss. Leblanc would assist on Hamilton’s only goal in a 3-1 loss on Saturday to the Rochester Americans. Leblanc would fail to make the scoresheet on Sunday against the Toronto Marlies, but his earlier efforts were enough to place him behind only the team’s leading scorers Andreas Engqvist and Aaron Palushaj in point per game efficiency with seven goals, seven assists in 20 games. Leblanc was drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 Entry Draft.

On The Radar: G Peter Delmas was called up to Hamilton and won his first start in the AHL, making 26 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies. D Morgan Ellis added a goal and assist for a total of four goals and five assists over six games since he was traded to Shawinigan. RW Patrick Holland scored four assists over his week.

Question Marks: LW Olivier Archambault continues to be the worst minus player on his team by a notable margin at -20. RW Brendan Gallagher is recovering from an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day. D Brendon Nash is recovering from shoulder surgery. C Daniel Pribyl is recovering from a laceration on his knee. C Dustin Walsh remains out with a leg injury.

Complete Statistics for the week of January 9th, 2011
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 17-16-1-4, are 3rd in their Division, 10th in their Conference, 23rd overall in the AHL.

 

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

 

Season Stats 35GP 5G 6A -9 18 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 0A -1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 38GP 6G 6A -10 20 PIM

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

Season Stats 35GP 7G 8A -12 26 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 2A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 38GP 8G 10A -11 26 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: 20 years old, 5’10”, 189 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 26GP 6G 4A -7 27 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 29GP 6G 4A -7 27 PIM

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

Season Stats 22GP 12G 7A +11 18 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 2A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 25GP 13G 9A +11 18 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 20 years old, 6’, 180 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 17GP 5G 6A -4 6 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 2G 1A -1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 20GP 7G 7A -5 8 PIM

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

Season Stats 21GP 9G 14A +6 24 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 2G 0A +1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 23GP 11G 14A +7 26 PIM

D Frédéric St-Denis: 25 years old, 5’11”, 193 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 26GP 3G 13A +1 6 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A +1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 29GP 3G 13A +2 8 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

Injured:

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

Season Stats 20GP 6G 4A -2 2 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.

ECHL:

Season Stats 14GP 8-3-0 2.47 GAA .908%
Weekly Stats 1GP 1-0-0 1.99 GAA .923%
Complete Stats 15GP 9-3-0 2.43 GAA .909%

 

 

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: 18 years old, 5’11”, 184 pounds. LH shot.

Junior Club: Drummondville Voltigeurs

17W, 24L, 2OTL, 3 SOL – 14th of 17th overall in the QMJHL.

Season Stats 37GP 13G 22A -16 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A -4 2 PIM
Complete Stats 40GP 13G 22A -20 24PIM

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

Junior Club: Saint John Sea Dogs – Alternate Captain

32W, 13L, 0 OTL, 2 SOL- 2nd of 17th overall in the QMJHL

Season Stats 31GP 8G 20A +21 59 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 33GP 8G 21A +22 59 PIM

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

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain

32W, 10L, 2 OTL, 2 SOL – 1st of 17th overall in the QMJHL.

Season Stats 17GP 16G 10A +6 6 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 3G 4A +3 0 PIM
Complete Stats 20GP 19G 14A +9 6 PIM

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

32W, 10L, 2 OTL, 2 SOL – 1st of 17th overall in the QMJHL

Season Stats 37GP 10G 22A -1 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 1A +5 2 PIM
Complete Stats 40GP 11G 23A +4 24 PIM

OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 19 years old, 6’7″, 215 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: London Knights – Team Captain

32W, 9L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 1st of 20th overall in the OHL

Season Stats 22GP 0G 8A +22 49 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A -1 6 PIM
Complete Stats 25GP 0G 8A +21 55 PIM

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

23W, 17L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 7th of 22nd overall in the WHL

Season Stats 41GP 6G 14A +10 67 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 3A +4 6 PIM
Complete Stats 44GP 7G 17A +14 73 PIM

RW Brendan Gallagher: 19 years old, 5’8″, 175 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Vancouver Giants – Team Captain

(26W, 16L, 1 OTL, 1 SOL – 8th of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats 29GP 27G 26A +15 41 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 1A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 31GP 28G 27A +15 41 PIM

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

Junior Club: Tri-City Americans

(33W, 8L, 0 OTL, 0 SOL – 1st of 22nd overall in the WHL)

Season Stats 39GP 17G 39A +24 32 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 4A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 42GP 17G 43A +23 32 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

(14W, 8L, 4T)

Season Stats 24GP 3G 12A +8 6 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 26GP 3G 13A +9 6 PIM

D Scott Kishel: 22 years old, 6’, 190 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

{15W, 4L, 3T)

Season Stats 20GP 3G 12A +13 14 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A +2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 22GP 3G 12A +15 14 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 21 years old, 5’11”, 188 pounds, RH shot.
NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(12W, 9L, 2T)

Season Stats 21GP 11G 13A +4 12 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A -2 15 PIM
Complete Stats 23GP 12G 13A +2 27 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(12W, 9L, 2T)

Season Stats 21GP 4G 5A -4 10 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -3 4 PIM
Complete Stats 23GP 4G 5A -7 14 PIM

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

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(14W, 8L, 4T)

Season Stats 24GP 2G 10A +8 28 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 26GP 2G 10A +9 28 PIM

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

NCAA Team: Northeastern University Huskies

(8W, 9L, 3T)

Season Stats 16GP 7G 11A +10 16 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A 0 16 PIM
Complete Stats 18GP 7G 12A +10 32 PIM

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

NCAA Team: Dartmouth College Big Green

(7W, 7L, 2T)

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 Reppublic. 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

27W, 6L, 6 OTL – 2nd of 14th overall in the league

Season Stats 15GP 2G 0A +1 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 15GP 2G 0A +1 2 PIM

Czech First League Team: HC Berountsi Medovi

(17W, 20L, 2 OTL – 10th of 14th overall in the League)

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

 

Elitserien Report: The Swedish Elite League is the top professional league of Sweden.

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

Elitserien Team: Farjestads BK

(18W, 12L, 7 OTL – 5th of 12 overall in the League)

Season Stats 35GP 6G 9A -9 6 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 36GP 6G 9A -10 6 PIM

 

 

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