By Robert Rice, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

TORONTO, ON — Due to the season closing out in various leagues or playoffs commencing, Catching the Torch is moving to a Playoff Coverage format, examining the results of each round of the CHL Playoffs.

 

Rocket Richard Award: In honour of the finest playoff scorer in Canadiens history, this award will go to the best player at the conclusion of each round of the CHL playoffs.

 

 LW Charles Hudon

 

CharlesHudonThe Chicoutimi Saguenéens have often been defined by the success of their best forward and captain this season in Charles Hudon and their playoff series against the Quebec Remparts was no exception. Hudon would mark two assists in the opening game of the series in a 6-3 win for Chicoutimi. Hudon would go without a point in Game 2 game, a 5-1 loss as the series was tied 1-1. Hudon would score two goals in Game 3, but again Chicoutimi found itself falling short in a 6-3 loss. Hudon and the rest of his team would be shut out as they would be pushed to the brink in a 4-0 shutout in Game 4 to put Chicoutimi in a 1-3 series deficit against Quebec. Hudon would rally Chicoutimi in Game 5 though, scoring two goals and an assist for a 3-1 victory to extend Chicoutimi some life. Hudon would show himself to be just as productive in Game 6, scoring a goal and two assists but the effort would unfortunately fall short as Quebec would win in a 4-3 overtime decision to eliminate Chicoutimi.

 

Hudon’s 5 goals and 5 assists in 6 games placed him at 7th overall in Quebec Major Junior playoff scoring through the first round. Hudon is expected to join the Hamilton Bulldogs on an Amateur Try-Out contract for the remaining games in the AHL season, but will rejoin Chicoutimi next season to complete his junior commitments. Charles Hudon was drafted in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

 

 

Due to Olivier Archambault, Charles Hudon, Darren, Dietz, Dalton Thrower being eliminated from the CHL Playoffs and Tim Bozon being injured for what is considered the long term in Kamloops, this will be the only CHL Playoffs Report this season. Final reports will cover the Hamilton Bulldogs regular season, Magnus Nygren’s work in the Elitserien post-season and Erik Nyström’s play in the Swedish Allsvenskan Relegation series.

 

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
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 26-34-1-5 this season, 5th in the North Division, 29th overall in the AHL.

 

 

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

 

Season Stats 59GP 6G 16A -9 52 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 3A +1 4 PIM
Complete Stats 62GP 6G 19A -8 56 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 54GP 7G 15A +4 20 PIM
Weekly Stats 5GP 1G 1A -2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 59GP 8G 16A +2 20 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 52GP 15G 15A +2 81 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A -2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 54GP 16G 15A 0 83 PIM

 

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

Season Stats 56GP 3G 4A -13 53 PIM
Weekly Stats 5GP 1G 0A -2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 61GP 4G 4A -15 53 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 59GP 8G 14A -8 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 5GP 0G 3A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 64GP 8G 17A -8 4 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 47GP 9G 4A -10 41 PIM
Weekly Stats 5GP 0G 3A 0 2 PIM
Complete Stats 52GP 9G 7A -10 43 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 24GP 4G 4A -3 15 PIM
Weekly Stats 5GP 2G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 29GP 6G 4A -3 15 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 55GP 2G 9A -7 51 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 57GP 2G 10A -7 51 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 43GP 22-12-4 2.29 GAA .911%
Weekly Stats 3GP 1-2-0 2.00 GAA .934%
Complete Stats 46GP 23-14-4 2.27 GAA .913%

 

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

 

Season Stats 5GP 1G 1A +1 0 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: 38-26-2-2

Playoff Record: 1-4 – Eliminated in 1st round

 

Season Stats 64GP 32G 34A -6 56 PIM

 

Playoff Stats 5GP 2G 4A 0 0 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Team Captain

Team Record: 30-31-2-5

Playoff Record: 2-4 – Eliminated in 1st round

 

 

Season Stats 56GP 30G 41A +15 66 PIM

 

Playoff Stats 6GP 5G 5A -2 8 PIM

OHL:

 

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 26-33-3-6

 

Season Stats 68GP 20G 35A -23 43 PIM

 

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kamloops Blazers

Team Record: 47-20-2-3

Playoff Record: 4-2

 

Season Stats 69GP 36G 55A +37 58 PIM

 

Playoff Stats 3GP 2G 0A 0 2 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 44-22-2-4

Playoff Record: 0-4 – Eliminated from the Post-Season

 

Season Stats 72GP 24G 34A +9 100 PIM

 

Playoff Stats 4GP 1G 1A -2 2 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades

Team Record: 44-22-2-4

Playoff Record: 0-4 – Eliminated from the Post-Season

 

Season Stats 54GP 6G 21A +18 89 PIM

 

Playoff Stats 4GP 0G 0A -4 6 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: 18-19-3

Season over, did not qualify for the NCAA National Tournament.

 

Season Stats 30GP 6G 13A 0 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 32GP 6G 13A 0 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: 22-13-7 – Season over, was eliminated from the NCAA National Tournament in the 2nd round.

 

Season Stats 37GP 24G 26A +15 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 2G 0A +2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 40GP 26G 26A +17 24 PIM

 

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Team Record: 22-13-7 – Season over, was eliminated from the NCAA National Tournament in the 2nd round.

 

Season Stats 39GP 13G 12A +11 20 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A -1 8 PIM
Complete Stats 42GP 13G 12A +10 28 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

 

Season Stats 42GP 12G 10A +14 10 PIM

 

Team Playoff Record: 3-4 (eliminated)

 

Playoff Stats 4GP 0G 0A -1 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 6GP 0G 0A -1 4 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

Playoff Record: 2-4 – Season Over.

Season Stats 35GP 6G 3A +1 6 PIM

 

Playoff Stats 3GP 0G 1A 0 0 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 1A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 4GP 0G 2A -1 0 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

Playoff Record: 4-3

 

Season Stats 51GP 13G 19A +11 49 PIM

 

Round 1 Stats 5GP 0G 3A +5 6 PIM
Round 2 Stats 2GP 0G 0A -3 2 PIM
Playoff Stats 7GP 0G 3A +2 8 PIM

 

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

Allsvenskan Team: Karlskrona HK

Team Record: 12-38-2

Relegation Series Record: 5-3

 

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

 

Relegation Series Stats 5GP 0G 2A -3 2 PIM

 

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