Catching The Torch: Bozon’s Reign

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by Robert Rice, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

TORONTO, ON — This week in review (March 11th – March 17th), top honours belong to a prospect who has been a dominant name on the scoresheet this season.

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.
With the conclusion  of the Canadian Hockey League Regular Schedule and the playoffs already going on in Europe, Catching the Torch will be shifting to last year’s “Playoff March” format and will give reports at the conclusion of each round of the CHL playoffs for action in all other active leagues.

 

The Three Stars

 

1. LW Tim Bozon 

As the regular season in the Western Hockey League drew to a close, Tim Bozon made sure to close it out on a high note with the Kamloops Blazers. Bozon would put on one of his best games of the season for Kamloops on Friday, scoring two goals and two assists in a 5-2 victory over the Prince George Cougars. Bozon would not notably slow down in the following game, scoring a goal and two assists as Kamloops would shut out Prince George in a 7-0 victory in the back to back series to end their season. Bozon over the weekend would match his previous season mark of 36 goals and reach 55 assists, 20 more than he had last season, finishing 9th overall in WHL scoring. Tim Bozon was drafted in the 3rd round, 64th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

 

2. RW Danny Kristo

In college hockey this past season, there have been few players as dominant as Danny Kristo while he continues to lead the University of North Dakota in scoring. Kristo’s scoring talent would be a key factor this past week to help North Dakota in their opening series of their Conference Tournament. Kristo would begin the weekend series leading North Dakota with two goals and an assist in a 5-3 victory over Michigan Tech. Kristo would score the lone goal for North Dakota in a 2-1 loss to Michigan Tech the following game. Kristo would pick up an assist as North Dakota would blank Michigan Tech in a 6-0 victory to win the Best-of-Three series and move on to the next stage of Tournament. Kristo is currently 3rd overall in NCAA scoring. Danny Kristo was drafted in the 2nd round, 56th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2008 NHL Draft.

 

3. D Darren Dietz

Darren Dietz has been one of the leading offensive defencemen in the WHL this season and as the regular season closed out for the Saskatoon Blades, he did not slow down. Dietz would start the week going without a point in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings but soon picked his pace up. Dietz would score his 24th goal of the season, a goal in an eventual 6-5 overtime loss to the Prince Albert Raiders. Dietz would finish his week marking three assists in a 4-3 shootout loss to Prince Albert in a rematch. Dietz’s 24 goals this season led all WHL defencemen and his 58 points ranked him 3rd overall in WHL defensive scoring. Darren Dietz was drafted in the 5th round, 138th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

 

 

On The Radar:

–          D Nathan Beaulieu scored two assists.

–          D Mac Bennett scored two assists.

–          LW Charles Hudon scored two assists.

–          D Dalton Thrower scored a goal and assist.


Question Marks
:

–         D Morgan Ellis has no points in his last 31 games.

–         RW Louis Leblanc has 1 point in his last 7 games.

 

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 for the week of March 11th, 2013
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 24-31-1-5 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 57GP 6G 14A -10 50 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 2A +1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 59GP 6G 16A -9 52 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 52GP 7G 15A +5 20 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 54GP 7G 15A +4 20 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 52GP 15G 15A +2 81 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 52GP 15G 15A +2 81 PIM

 

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

Season Stats 54GP 3G 4A -12 53 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 56GP 3G 4A -13 53 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 57GP 7G 14A -7 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 59GP 8G 14A -8 4 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 45GP 9G 4A -9 41 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 47GP 9G 4A -10 41 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 22GP 4G 4A -3 15 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 24GP 4G 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 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 55GP 2G 9A -7 51 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 41GP 22-11-4 2.25 GAA .912%
Weekly Stats 2GP 0-1-0 3.18 GAA .903%
Complete Stats 43GP 22-12-4 2.29 GAA .911%

 

 

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

 

Season Stats 62GP 31G 34A -7 52 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A +1 4 PIM
Complete Stats 64GP 32G 34A -6 56 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

 

Season Stats 54GP 30G 39A +13 66 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 2A +2 0 PIM
Complete Stats 56GP 30G 41A +15 66 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 65GP 19G 35A -20 41 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 0A -3 2 PIM
Complete 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

 

Season Stats 67GP 33G 51A +30 58 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 3G 4A +7 0 PIM
Complete Stats 69GP 36G 55A +37 58 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

 

Season Stats 69GP 23G 31A +10 98 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 1G 3A -1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 72GP 24G 34A +9 100 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades

Team Record: 44-22-2-4

 

Season Stats 52GP 5G 20A +18 89 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 1A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 54GP 6G 21A +18 89 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: 17-18-3

 

Season Stats 26GP 6G 11A -1 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 2A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 28GP 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: 21-11-7

 

Season Stats 34GP 21G 24A +12 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 3G 2A +4 0 PIM
Complete Stats 37GP 24G 26A +16 22 PIM

 

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Team Record: 21-11-7

 

Season Stats 36GP 13G 12A +10 20 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 39GP 13G 12A +11 20 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: 2-3

 

Playoff Stats 4GP 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: 1-2

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

 

Playoff Stats 3GP 0G 1A 0 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: 3-0

 

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

 

Playoff Stats 3GP 0G 1A +3 4 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: 2-1

 

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

 

Relegation Series Stats 2GP 0G 1A -1 0 PIM

 

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