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Catching the Torch – Galchenyuk Storms Ahead

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By Robert Rice, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine 

TORONTO, ON — This week in review (November 5 – 11), a familiar name leads the way.

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

Taking the lead amongst Canadiens prospects for a 2nd week in a row, Alex Galchenyuk continues to be the engine that drives the offence of the Sarnia Sting. Galchenyuk would begin his campaign on Friday night, assisting on the game-tying goal late in the 3rd period and than quickly marking the game-winning goal in an eventual 4-2 victory for Sarnia over the Guelph Storm. Galchenyuk would post similar success on Sunday, scoring the game-tying goal and than later assisting on the game-winner to give Sarnia a 3-2 victory over the Sudbury Wolves. Galchenyuk’s recent feats are notable, as his 4-game points streak of 5 goals and 6 assists coincides with a 4-game winning streak that has made Sarnia the leader in their Division and 2nd in the Western Conference. Galchenyuk currently stands in a tie for 3rd overall in OHL scoring. Galchenyuk was drafted in the 1st round, 3rd overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.

 

2. LW Olivier Archambault  

While consistency continues to dog Archambault in Drummondville, he managed to surge ahead at least for this week. Archambault managed his first 3-point game of the season on Saturday, marking a goal and two assists in a 6-2 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs. Archambault would add another goal to his totals on Sunday, in a 5-4 victory over Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Archambault was drafted in the 4th round, 108th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.

 

3. D Mac Bennett

Mac Bennett has come into his own this season with the University of Michigan Wolverines. While Bennett would only collect one assist this weekend in a Saturday loss to the Michigan State Spartans after going pointless on Friday. Bennett has reached an important level this season in defensive scoring in the NCAA though. Through 9 games, Mac Bennett has collected 3 goals and 7 assists to be the defensive scoring leader for the entire NCAA. Bennett was drafted in the 3rd round, 79th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft.

 

 

On The Radar:

 

– C Mark MacMillan scored a goal and assist.

LW Steve Quailer scored his first professional goal in the AHL.

 

Question Marks:

 

–   RW Alex Avtsin due to being scratched since the start of Hamilton’s season has been relegated to the fringe prospect group.

–   LW Tim Bozon was suspended one game for a spitting incident at the end of a game on November 6th.

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

–   RW Louis Leblanc is out with a right ankle injury.

–   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 5, 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 4-4-1-1 this season, 5th in the North Division, 25th overall in the AHL.

 

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

 

Season Stats 8GP 0G 1A +3 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -4 4 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 0G 1A -1 6 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 8GP 1G 3A +1 8 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -4 0 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 1G 3A -3 8 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 8GP 2G 1A +2 11 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A -2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 2G 2A 0 13 PIM

 

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

Season Stats 5GP 0G 0A -3 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -3 0 PIM
Complete Stats 7GP 0G 0A -6 4 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 8GP 3G 3A 0 13 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -3 2 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 3G 3A -3 15 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 8GP 4G 2A -3 9 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 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 8GP 1G 4A -2 0 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -3 2 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 1G 4A -5 2 PIM

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Season Stats 6GP 0G 4A +3 10 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 8GP 0G 4A +3 10 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 5GP 0G 1A +2 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 7GP 0G 2A +1 2 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 8GP 3G 2A -3 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 3G 2A -4 2 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 8GP 0G 3A -2 9 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A +1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 1G 3A -1 11 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 8GP 0G 2A -5 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -3 5 PIM
Complete Stats 10GP 0G 2A -8 9 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: 11-10-0-0

 

Season Stats 19GP 7G 8A -1 8 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 2G 2A 0 6 PIM
Complete Stats 21GP 9G 10A -1 14 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 8-10-2-1

 

Season Stats 14GP 9G 10A +6 24 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 1G 0A +2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 15GP 10G 10A +8 24 PIM

OHL:

 

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

Junior Club: Sarnia Sting – Team Captain

Team Record: 12-7-0-1

 

Season Stats 18GP 11G 17A +6 14 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 2G 2A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 20GP 13G 19A +6 14 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 8-8-0-4

 

Season Stats 18GP 7G 15A 0 16 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 19GP 7G 15A -1 16 PIM

 

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kamloops Blazers

Team Record: 17-5-0-1

 

Season Stats 19GP 14G 17A +17 14 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 1A -1 8 PIM
Complete Stats 22GP 14G 18A +16 22 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 8-10-0-1

 

Season Stats 17GP 6G 4A -11 27 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A 0 4 PIM
Complete Stats 19GP 6G 5A -11 31 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades

Team Record: 8-10-0-1

 

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: 4-4-1

 

Season Stats 7GP 3G 6A +8 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 9GP 3G 7A +8 2 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: 4-3-1

 

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

 

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Team Record: 4-3-1

 

Season Stats 6GP 2G 2A 0 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 1A +2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 8GP 3G 3A +2 4 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: 6-12-0-0

 

Season Stats 8GP 1G 3A +3 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 8GP 1G 3A +3 2 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: 9-9-2

 

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: 11-6-2

                                               

Season Stats 6GP 2G 0A +1 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 6GP 2G 0A +1 2 PIM

 

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

Elitserien Team: Färjestads BK

Team Record: 11-5-4

 

Season Stats 20GP 6G 6A +4 12 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 20GP 6G 6A +4 12 PIM

 

European Trophy Tournament:

Tournament Stats 8GP 4G 0A 0 6 PIM

 

 

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