Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc, Nathan MacKinnon and François Brassard were named today the TELUS three stars of the week for the period spanning November 28th to December 4th, 2011.
The first star is awarded to Rimouski Océanic defenseman Jérôme Gauther-Leduc. In two games, he scored 4 goals and added 3 assists for a total of 7 points. Tuesday, in a 6-3 win against the Gatineau Olympiques, he was awarded the third star after tallying 2 goals and 1 assist in a game that was totally dominated by his team in terms of shots on goal (53-13). Friday, against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, he was named the first star after scoring his 16th and 17th goals of the season. He also added 2 assists and thus equalled his personal record with a four-point outing. Rimouski won the game 5-4.
The young Halifax Mooseheads prodigy, Nathan MacKinnon, is the second star. Friday, in a 5-3 win against the Gatineau Olympiques, he recorded an assist and a +/- of +1. Saturday, against the Québec Remparts, he was named the first star of the game after scoring 5 goals, equalling the team record established in 2001 by Jason King. It was a game between two of the most exciting QMJHL rookies (Grigorenko – Quebec vs. MacKinnon – Halifax). Among the top scoring rookies Grigorenko has 50 points and MacKinnon 49. He finished the week with 5 goals, 1 assist for a total of 6 points and a +/- of +5.
Finally, Quebec Remparts goaltender François Brassard collects the third star. Thursday, against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, he stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced in a 7-1 win and was named the first star. He came close to recording his first career shutout, but was finally foiled by Logan Shaw at the 59th minute of the game. Sunday, against the PEI Rocket, he made 38 stops and was named the first star of the game. Brassard is currently dominating rookie goalies with goals-against-average of 2.50 and a save percentage of .920.