Habs’ class of 1999 year end review

By Chris Boucher


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Marc-Andre Thinel (F) 5’11″/170Lbs. March 24/80 D-Mtl99(5/145)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Victoriaville 71 59 73 132 +2 55 19 2

#1 Strength- Offensive prowess

#1 Weakness-Strength

Thinel averaged 1.86 points per game for the season. Up from last years mark of 1.58 points per game. Marc-Andre showed more consistency this year, although he continues to fall into periodic scoring slumps. His plus/minus is very low for someone who contributes so much offensively. This stat demonstrates Thinel's need to focus on the defensive side of his game. Something he hasn't been able to do as Victoriaville's "go to guy" offensively.

Thinel was named the QMJHL's offensive player of the week on 2 different occasions this season. He scored 5 points in a game 5 different times, and he registered 4 points in a game 8 times. Marc-Andre also had and amazing 18 game point scoring streak which lasted January 30th through March 11th. Nobody in the Canadiens' organization doubts Thinel's offensive abilities. What is questioned is his ability to play both ends of the ice surface, as well as his size and strength. Only time will tell with Thinel.

NHL Projection -Anywhere from second line player to career AHLer.

Current Stock Status- On the rise.


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Jerome Marois (LW) 6'0"/180Lbs. Jan 27/81 D-Mtl99(9/253)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Cape Breton 66 28 34 62 -1 95 2 5

#1 Strength- Skating and size

#1 Weakness- defensive awareness

Marois averaged 0.94 points per game this season. Up from 0.44 points the season before. Jerome has all the tools to become a first or second line player. He must learn to put all these tools together on a consistent basis in order to make the next step successfully. He had a 7 game point-scoring streak during one point of the season, he also had 4 game streaks on 2 different occasions. Near the end of the season Jerome began to stand out as an excellent, as well as dangerous penalty-killer, as he finished the season with 5 short handed goals.

Marois must continue his development next year. He must focus on improving his play away from the puck, as well as his consistency. Jerome has all the tools, the question is; when will he realize it?

NHL Projection - NHLer or Jerome who?

Current Stock Status- On the rise.***

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Matt Carkner (D) 6'4"/215 Lbs. Nov 3/80 D-Mtl99(2/58)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Peterborough 62 3 13 16 +5 177 0 0

#1 Strength- Size and strength

#1 Weakness- Skill

Carkner is not the type of player you look for to contribute offensively. He is a tough, stay at home defenseman who clears the front of the net with authority, and plays within his abilities. His point totals were down from last year, but more importantly his plus/minus took a tumble as well. He finished last season at +15, but this year struggled as far as that stat is concerned finishing the season +5. On the other hand he did put a lot of effort into turning that stat around during the season, as he was -9 just 7 games in. Which would make him +14 during the final 55 games of the season. A healthy turn around by any standards. Carkner is a big man, and big men tend to develop slowly. The Habs need to show a lot of patience as far as Matt is concerned. He has the tools, he just needs the time to develop them.

NHL Projection -Fifth defenseman

Current Stock Status- Stagnant

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