Catching The Torch: Collberg is Clutch

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by Robert Rice, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

TORONTO, ON — This week in review (January 14th – 20th), top honours belong to a Montreal Canadiens prospect some called “a steal” in the 2012 draft.

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. RW Sebastian Collberg

Sebastian_CollbergAfter a limited role with Frölunda to start the season, Sebastian Collberg stepped forward this past week to be the difference where it mattered most. Collberg would score the game-winning shootout goal for Frölunda in a 4-3 victory over Timrå. Under Elitserien rules, game-winning shootout goals count on a player’s goal totals so it was also Collberg’s 1st goal in the Elitserien. Collberg would double up his production in the following game, scoring on a penalty shot opportunity and than later on, marking the lone shootout goal for Frölunda over Linköpings in a 4-3 win. Collberg was drafted in the 2nd round, 33rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Watch Collberg’s first Elitserien goal posted to YouTube by HabsFanThat

 

2. D Magnus Nygren

Magnus Nygren is proving to have one of the most dangerous shots in the Elitserien this season. While Nygren would go pointless in a 3-1 win over Linköpings, he would soon make a step ahead of his fellow Elitserien defenders. Nygren would score his 8th and 9th goals of the season in a 5-1 win for Färjestads over Rögle this past week. Nygren’s 9 goals make him the goal scoring leader amongst Elitserien defencemen and 5th overall in defensive scoring. Nygren was drafted in the 4th round, 113th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

 

3. C Michaël Bournival

While he only got one game under his belt this week, Michaël Bournival made the most of it. Stepping back into the Hamilton Bulldogs after a brief stint at the Montreal Canadiens brief training camp, Bournival would score his 1st goal in over a month and would add an assist to his totals, giving Hamilton 1-0 and 2-1 leads but the effort would be soured in an eventual shootout loss to the Toronto Marlies. Bournival was drafted in the 3rd round, 71st overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens acquired him in exchange for Ryan O’Byrne.

 

On The Radar:

 

–          LW Olivier Archambault scored 2 goals and an assist.

–          LW Tim Bozon scored a goal and assist.

–          D Dalton Thrower scored a goal and assist.

 

 

Question Marks:

 

–         D Mac Bennett is out with a lower-body injury.

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

–         RW Louis Leblanc has 1 point in his last 18 games.

–         C Joonas Nättinen has had shoulder surgery and is out indefinitely.

–         RW Aaron Palushaj is out with a shoulder injury.

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

 

 

Complete Statistics for the week of January 14, 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 13 members of the Hamilton Bulldogs that can be thought to have future consideration for an NHL position. The Hamilton Bulldogs are 13-20-1-5 this season, 5th in the North Division, 30th overall in the AHL.

 

 

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

 

Season Stats 35GP 2G 11A -10 35 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 38GP 2G 11A -9 35 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 34GP 2G 9A -3 12 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 1G 1A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 35GP 3G 10A -2 12 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 36GP 12G 10A +6 43 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 1A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 37GP 12G 11A +7 43 PIM

 

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

Season Stats 33GP 3G 4A -8 35 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 35GP 3G 4A -9 35 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 36GP 10G 10A -1 61 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 36GP 10G 10A -1 61 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: 21 years old, 6’, 175 pounds, RH shot.

 

Season Stats 36GP 5G 6A -10 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 37GP 5G 6A -11 2 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 24GP 3G 2A -2 17 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 25GP 3G 2A -3 17 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 24GP 5G 4A +6 8 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 21GP 7G 3A -9 18 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 21GP 7G 3A -9 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 35GP 4G 4A -2 23 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 38GP 4G 4A -3 23 PIM

 

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

 

Season Stats 36GP 1G 4A -6 39 PIM
Weekly Stats 1GP 0G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 37GP 1G 4A -5 39 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: 25-16-2-1

 

Season Stats 42GP 18G 22A -1 34 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 2G 1A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 44GP 20G 23A -1 34 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Team Captain

Team Record: 23-20-2-2

 

Season Stats 33GP 22G 22A +10 36 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A +2 4 PIM
Complete Stats 35GP 22G 23A +12 40 PIM

OHL:

 

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

Junior Club: Sarnia Sting – Team Captain

Team Record: 26-16-0-3

 

Season Stats 33GP 27G 34A +16 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 33GP 27G 34A +16 22 PIM

 

 

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

Junior Club: Windsor Spitfires – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 19-19-1-6

 

Season Stats 42GP 14G 24A -8 22 PIM
Weekly Stats 3GP 0G 1A -1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 45GP 14G 25A -9 24 PIM

 

WHL:

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

Junior Club: Kamloops Blazers

Team Record: 30-14-2-3

 

Season Stats 44GP 26G 32A +25 42 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 1A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 46GP 27G 33A +25 42 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

Team Record: 22-20-0-3

 

Season Stats 42GP 11G 13A -18 65 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 1A -2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 44GP 11G 14A -19 67 PIM

 

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

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades

Team Record: 22-20-0-3

 

Season Stats 27GP 3G 10A +12 49 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 1A +2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 29GP 4G 11A +14 51 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: 8-14-2

 

Season Stats 19GP 4G 9A 0 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete Stats 19GP 4G 9A 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: 13-7-4

 

Season Stats 20GP 13G 17A +13 16 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 1G 0A -6 2 PIM
Complete Stats 22GP 14G 17A +7 18 PIM

 

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

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Team Record: 13-7-4

 

Season Stats 22GP 8G 9A +10 14 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A -2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 24GP 8G 9A +8 16 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 Praha

Team Record: 23-16-2

 

Season Stats 29GP 6G 5A +6 8 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A +2 2 PIM
Complete Stats 31GP 6G 5A +6 10 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: 21-16-4

 

Season Stats 19GP 0G 2A +2 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 3G 0A -1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 21GP 3G 2A +1 2 PIM

 

Allsvenskan Team: Örebro HK

Team Record: 18-14-3

                                               

Season Stats 15GP 6G 2A +4 2 PIM
Weekly Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM
Complete 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: 25-11-5

 

Season Stats 35GP 7G 13A +8 45 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 2G 0A +1 2 PIM
Complete Stats 37GP 9G 13A +9 47 PIM

 

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

Allsvenskan Team: Karlskrona HK

Team Record: 9-30-0

 

Season Stats 13GP 2G 3A 0 4 PIM
Weekly Stats 2GP 0G 0A +1 0 PIM
Complete Stats 15GP 2G 3A +1 4 PIM

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