Catching the Torch: Galchenyuk Conquers

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by Robert Rice, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

TORONTO, ON — This week in review (November 26 – December 2), it’s a face you may already know leading the Three Stars.

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. C Alex Galchenyuk

If there is a list of players who can keep up with Alex Galchenyuk in the Ontario Hockey League, you can likely count it with one hand. Galchenyuk would run up an impressive 8 points in three days for the Sarnia Sting while guiding them to a perfect weekend, allowing them to reclaim first place in their division. Galchenyuk began his campaign scoring a goal and two assists on Friday night helping Sarnia to a 7-4 victory over the Saginaw Spirit. Galchenyuk would guide a rout of the Peterborough Petes on Saturday night, scoring two goals and an assist, than adding an empty-net goal for his first hat trick of the season in a 5-2 victory. Galchenyuk would finish his weekend scoring a goal to edge a 3-2 win on Sunday over the Oshawa Generals. Galchenyuk has scored a notable 6 goals and 6 assists in his last four games and with a season total of 20 goals and 29 assists and is 3rd overall in OHL scoring. Galchenyuk was drafted in the 1st round, 3rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

 

2. LW Charles Hudon

Charles Hudon is continuing to make a case he was underappreciated in the NHL Draft while he continues to ride the longest points streak for any Canadiens prospect this season. Hudon began a heavy 4-game schedule with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens on Wednesday, scoring a goal in a 5-2 victory over the Cape Breton screaming Eagles. Hudon would next pick up a lone assist as Chicoutimi would find themselves hammered on Friday night in a match against the Halifax Mooseheads. Chicoutimi would find themselves in for another tough game against the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday, dropping a 4-1 decision as Hudon picked up another assist. Hudon would do his best on Sunday to help Chicoutimi snap the losing streak, scoring two goals and one assist, but ultimately falling short in a 7-4 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Hudon has now scored at least one point in twelve straight games, with a total of 8 goals and 11 assists over that period and now leads Chicoutimi in scoring. Hudon was drafted in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

3. C Gabriel Dumont

It hasn’t been a very good season for the Hamilton Bulldogs, but Gabriel Dumont has been doing his best along the way to help out. Dumont scored the only goal for Hamilton in a 5-1 loss to the Abbotsford Heat on Saturday night, a shorthanded effort that was the lone highlight for the team that night. Dumont would chip in an assist in a 3-0 victory for Hamilton the following evening in a rematch with Abbotsford. Dumont was drafted in the 5th round, 139th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 NHL Draft.

On The Radar:

 D Darren Dietz scored a goal and assist.

C Brady Vail scored a goal and assist.

Question Marks:

 –         LW Blake Geoffrion is out indefinitely while recovering from a depressed skull fracture.

–         D Magnus Nygren was suspended for four games by the Elitserien for a head-checking penalty this past week.

–         D Greg Pateryn is out indefinitely with a fractured elbow..

–         D Dalton Thrower is out with a lower body injury.

Complete Statistics for the week of November 26, 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. 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 15 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be thought to have future consideration for an NHL position. The Hamilton Bulldogs are 7-9-1-1 this season, 5th in the North Division, 27th overall in the AHL.

 

 

D Nathan Beaulieu: 19 years old, 6’2”, 194 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season Stats 15GP 0G 2A -5 19 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A +2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 17GP 0G 3A -3 19 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 16GP 1G 5A -2 12 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 17GP 1G 5A -2 12 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 16GP 2G 5A +2 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 1A +2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 18GP 3G 6A +4 24 PIM

 

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

Season Stats 13GP 1G 2A -6 25 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 15GP 1G 2A -5 25 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 16GP 6G 4A -3 31 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A +1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 18GP 6G 5A -2 33 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 10GP 4G 2A -3 9 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 4G 2A -3 9 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 16GP 1G 4A -8 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 18GP 2G 4A -7 2 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 4GP 2G 0A -1 9 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 6GP 3G 0A 0 9 PIM

 

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 206 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season Stats 12GP 0G 4A +2 19 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 13GP 0G 4A +2 19 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 12GP 2G 2A +3 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 13GP 2G 2A +3 2 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 16GP 6G 3A -7 18 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 18GP 6G 3A -8 18 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 7GP 0G 1A -3 0 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 7GP 0G 1A -3 0 PIM

 

LW Steve Quailer: 22 years old, 6’4”, 209 pounds, LH shot.

 

Season Stats 16GP 2G 3A +1 13 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A 0 2 PIM
Complete Stats 18GP 3G 3A +1 15 PIM

 

D Jarred Tinordi: 20 years old, 6’6″, 218 pounds, LH shot

 

Season Stats 16GP 0G 2A -7 15 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 18GP 0G 2A -6 15 PIM

 

 

 

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: 16-12-0-1

 

Season Stats 26GP 12G 14A -3 16 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 1A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 29GP 13G 15A -2 16 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 14-14-2-1

 

Season Stats 21GP 14G 15A +13 26 PIM
Weekly Stats 4GP 3G 3A -4 2 PIM
Complete Stats 25GP 17G 18A +9 28 PIM

OHL:

 

C Alex Galchenyuk: 18 years old, 6’0”, 194 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Sarnia Sting – Team Captain

Team Record: 16-11-0-2

 

Season Stats 25GP 15G 26A +6 18 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 5G 3A +2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 28GP 20G 29A +8 18 PIM

 

C Brady Vail: 18 years old, 6’, 195 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 11-12-1-5

 

Season Stats 26GP 10G 15A -2 18 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 1A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 29GP 11G 16A -1 18 PIM

 

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kamloops Blazers

Team Record: 21-7-1-2

 

Season Stats 27GP 16G 22A +21 24 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 1A -1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 30GP 16G 23A +20 26 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 13-13-0-1

 

Season Stats 24GP 6G 7A -18 35 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 1A -2 6 PIM
Complete Stats 27GP 7G 8A -20 41 PIM

 

D Dalton Thrower: 18 years old, 5’11”, 200 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades

Team Record: 13-13-0-1

 

Season Stats 13GP 2G 4A +1 25 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 13GP 2G 4A +1 25 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: 5-8-2

 

Season Stats 13GP 4G 7A +7 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 15GP 4G 7A +7 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: 7-5-2

 

Season Stats 10GP 5G 9A +4 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 12GP 5G 9A +4 4 PIM

 

C Mark MacMillan: 20 years old, 6’, 183 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Team Record: 7-5-2

 

Season Stats 12GP 6G 4A +4 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A 0 2 PIM
Complete Stats 14GP 6G 5A +4 6 PIM

 

 

 

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

 

C Daniel Pribyl: 19 years old, 6’3”, 193 pounds, RH shot.

Extraliga Team: HC Sparta Praha

Team Record: 11-15-0

 

Season Stats 14GP 2G 5A +5 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 16GP 2G 5A +4 4 PIM

 

European Trophy Tournament:

 

Tournament Stats 6GP 2G 1A +1 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: 13-12-3

 

Season Stats 16GP 0G 2A +2 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 16GP 0G 2A +2 2 PIM

 

Allsvenskan Team: Örebro HK

Team Record: 14-9-3

                                               

Season Stats 11GP 4G 1A +1 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 13GP 5G 1A +2 2 PIM

 

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

Elitserien Team: Färjestads BK

Team Record: 17-8-4

 

Season Stats 26GP 6G 10A +7 16 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 1A +1 25 PIM
Complete Stats 27GP 6G 11A +8 41 PIM

 

European Trophy Tournament:

 

Tournament Stats 8GP 4G 0A 0 6 PIM

2 COMMENTS

  1. Will AG get to 100 points? He has missed a couple games already and will miss about 10 during WJC, so likely will just fall short eh (barring injury)?

    21 forwards at Canadian junior camp, will Hudon make the cut? I say he still is likely to remain and will be off to Russia.

    Too bad Avtsin-Berger-Blunden didnt have the heart of and effort level of Dumont! If Desharnais-Gionta-Gallagher-Gomez werent smallish and ahead of Dumont he may have a crack at NHL, but not the case.

    • Hudon is expected to make the cut, HC of Team Canada Steve Spott really likes him and TSN’s Bob Mckenzie is all over the kid.

      Not sure Dumont gets the crack regardless as it’s not just size but the other guys you mentioned are much more skilled than Dumont is.

      Will cover Gally’s pace in the Mailbag, short answer, he’s paced for it regardless of WJC time.

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