Catching the Torch: Playoff March, Round 1

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Playoff March

 

Due to the season closing out in various leagues or playoffs commencing, Catching the Torch will be moving to a general bi-weekly format that will be published upon the conclusion of each round of the Canadian Hockey League 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.

 

 

RW Brendan Gallagher

While Gallagher’s season is over, he left his mark with the Vancouver Giants in his final playoff appearance with the team. In a playoff series against the Spokane Chiefs that saw the Giants defeated after six games,  Gallagher led his team in goals and points over six games with five goals and five assists. Gallagher’s 10-point performance also ranked him 5th in league playoff scoring through the 1st round of the WHL post-season. Gallagher was drafted in the 5th round, 137th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 Entry Draft. Gallagher is eligible to play in the American Hockey League in the 2012-13 season if he can not make the Montreal Canadiens out of training camp.

 

 

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, Ties (for NCAA teams only)
Season Stats: Season scoring prior to the past week.

 

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.

 

CHL Playoffs: The Post-season in each of the QMJHL, OHL and WHL have begun. Like the NHL, the series areBest of Seven Format and the League Champions of each league will earn a berth for the Memorial Cup as well as the host team. The host team of the 2012 Memorial Cup is the Shawinigan Cataractes.

QMJHL:

LW Olivier Archambault: 19 years old, 5’11”, 184 pounds. LH shot.

Junior Club: Drummondville Voltigeurs

28W, 31L, 2 OTL, 7 SOL – 12th of 17th overall in the QMJHL.

Playoff Record: 0-4, Eliminated in 1st round by the Quebec Ramparts.

Playoff Stats 4GP 1G 2A -4 0 PIM

 

Season Stats 45GP 17G 22A -17 24 PIM

D Nathan Beaulieu: 19 years old, 6’3”, 191 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Saint John Sea Dogs – Alternate Captain

50W, 15L, 0 OTL, 3 SOL- 1st of 17th overall in the QMJHL

Playoff Record: 4-0, Advanced to 2nd round by defeating the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Playoff Stats 4GP 2G 3A +9 8 PIM

 

Season Stats 51GP 11G 41A +41 100 PIM

C Michaël Bournival: 19 years old, 6’, 187 pounds, LH shot.

Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Team Captain

45W, 16L, 3 OTL, 4 SOL – 2nd of 17th overall in the QMJHL.

Playoff Record: 4-0, Advanced to 2nd round by defeating the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Playoff Stats 4GP 1G 4A +3 4 PIM

 

Season Stats 38GP 30G 26A +15 27 PIM

D Morgan Ellis: 19 years old, 6’2″, 204 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Shawinigan Cataractes – Alternate Captain

45W, 16L, 3 OTL, 4 SOL – 2nd of 17th overall in the QMJHL.

Playoff Record: 4-0, Advanced to 2nd round by defeating the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Playoff Stats 4GP 2G 5A +7 2 PIM

 

Season Stats 60GP 15G 37A +18 56 PIM

OHL:

D Jarred Tinordi: 19 years old, 6’6″, 215 pounds, LH shot.
Junior Club: London Knights – Team Captain

47W, 17L, 0 OTL, 1 SOL – 1st of 20th overall in the OHL

Playoff Record: 4-0, Advanced to 2nd round by defeating the Windsor Spitfires.

Playoff Stats 4GP 0G 1A +1 9 PIM

 

Season Stats 48GP 2G 14A +39 63 PIM

WHL:

D Darren Dietz: 18 years old, 6’1”, 195 pounds, RH shot.

Junior Club: Saskatoon Blades – Alternate Captain

40W, 29L, 1 OTL, 2 SOL – 10th of 22nd overall in the WHL

Playoff Record: 0-4, Eliminated in 1st round by the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Playoff Stats 3GP 0G 1A -1 5 PIM

 

Season Stats 72GP 15G 29A +7 118 PIM

RW Brendan Gallagher: 19 years old, 5’8″, 175 pounds, RH shot.
Junior Club: Vancouver Giants – Team Captain

40W, 26L, 2 OTL, 4 SOL – 8th of 22nd overall in the WHL

Playoff Record: 2-4, Eliminated in 1st round by the Spokane Chiefs.

Playoff Stats 6GP 5G 5A 0 16 PIM

 

Season Stats 54GP 41G 36A +19 79 PIM

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

Junior Club: Tri-City Americans

50W, 18L, 2 OTL, 2 SOL – 2nd of 22nd overall in the WHL

Playoff Record: 4-0, Advanced to 2nd round by defeating the Everett Silvertips.

Playoff Stats 3GP 1G 3A +4 7 PIM

 

Season Stats 72GP 25G 84A +42 48 PIM

 

 

Elitserien Report: The Swedish Elite League is the top professional league of Sweden. The Allsvenskan league plays under it.

Elitserien Playoffs: The Swedish Elite League playoffs are played in a Best of Seven Format for the Le Mat Trophy.

D Magnus Nygren: 21 years old, 6’1”, 191 pounds, RH shot.

Elitserien Team: Farjestads BK

(27W, 18L, 10 OTL – 6th of 12 overall in the League)

Playoff Record: 5-5, Advanced to 2nd round by defeating HV 71. Currently 1-3 against Brynäs IF.

Playoff Stats 9GP 0G 2A -2 0 PIM

 

Season Stats 50GP 7G 11A -10 6 PIM

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 have a record of 32-31-2-5, are 5th in their Division, 14th in their Conference, 26th overall in the AHL.

 

RW Alexander Avtsin: 20 years old, 6’2″, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 60GP 6G 8A -24 34 PIM

C Philip DeSimone 24 years old, 6’1”, 188 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 58GP 13G 19A -29 36 PIM

C Gabriel Dumont: 21 years old, 5’10”, 189 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 42GP 13G 9A -14 51 PIM

C Andreas Engqvist: 23 years old, 6’4″, 191 pounds, RH shot.              

Season Stats 45GP 19G 20A +2 36 PIM

C Olivier Fortier: 22 years old, 6’, 185 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 31GP 7G 7A -2 26 PIM

C Joonas Nattinen: 21 years old, 6’2”, 199 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 57GP 10G 9A +1 30 PIM

 RW Ian Schultz: 22 years old, 6’2”, 201 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 31GP 6G 16A -2 99 PIM

Called up to Montreal:

RW Mike Blunden: 25 years old, 6’4”, 218 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 16GP 3G 4A 0 8 PIM

LW Blake Geoffrion: 24 years old, 6’2”, 190 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 25GP 4G 12A -2 10 PIM

C Louis Leblanc: 21 years old, 6’, 180 pounds, RH shot.

Season Stats 27GP 9G 10A -8 26 PIM

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

Season Stats 31GP 13G 18A +1 33 PIM

D Frédéric St-Denis: 26 years old, 5’11”, 193 pounds, LH shot.

Complete Stats 51GP 3G 25A -4 16 PIM

Injured:

D Brendon Nash: 23 years old, 6’3″, 210 pounds, LH shot.

Season Stats 0GP 0G 0A 0 0 PIM

Concluded Seasons:

 

 

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: 20 years old,  6′, 180 pounds, LH shot.
NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(24W, 13L, 4T)

Season Stats 41GP 4G 17A +16 18 PIM

RW Danny Kristo: 21 years old, 5’11”, 188 pounds, RH shot.
NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(26W, 13L, 3T)

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Champions

Season Stats 42GP 19G 26A +17 33 PIM

C Mark MacMillan: 19 years old, 6’, 170 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

(26W, 13L, 3T)

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Champions

Season Stats 42GP 7G 16A +1 26 PIM

D Greg Pateryn: 21 years old, 6’3”, 222 pounds, RH shot.

NCAA Team: University of Michigan Wolverines

(24W, 13L, 4T)

Season Stats 41GP 2G 13A +16 65 PIM

LW Steve Quailer: 22 years old, 6’4”, 200 pounds, LH shot.

NCAA Team: Northeastern University Huskies

(13W, 16L, 5T)

Season Stats 26GP 8G 17A +7 34 PIM

 

 

 

Czech Extraliga Report: The Extraliga is the top professional league in the Czech Republic. The First League is the league that plays under it.

 

C Daniel Pribyl: 18 years old, 6’3”, 190 pounds, RH shot.

Extraliga Team: HC Sparta Praha

35W, 7L, 10 OTL – 1st of 14th overall in the league

Season Stats 17GP 2G 0A +1 4 PIM

Czech First League Team: HC Berountsi Medovi

(20W, 29L, 3 OTL – 13th of 14th overall in the League)

Season Stats 21GP 9G 4A -4 6 PIM

 

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