Montreal Canadiens Top junior Prospects Update

By pbadmin

Montreal has drafted Centers as their top two picks in each of the last two drafts. But goaltending still remains their deepest position, with Garon and Theodore projected to be number one goalies at the NHL level. Currently the Habs have only adequate prospects on defense. A defenseman with the ability to quarterback the power play has remained ever elusive. Only two of the Habs current defensemen were drafted by the team.

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Mike Ribeiro C 5-10 167 20 D-Mtl98 (2/45)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 60 59 90 149 +55 125 19 7
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Vision and creativity.
#1 Weakness- Size.
Playing with Rouyn-Noranda, the QMJHL’s top offensive team, Ribeiro has been on fire this season. He is currently averaging almost 2.5 points per game and is leading the CHL in scoring. His +55 is a product of his great offensive skills, while his 7 short handed goals testify to his intelligence and ability to create offense in almost any situation. His penalty minutes have more than doubled his total from last year, which indicate he is drawing much more attention from his opponents, but is not backing down.

Ribeiro’s output of 6 points in 3 games is slightly below his season average. He had 2 points in a 6-5 win over Acadie-Bathurst, 2 goals and 2 assists in a 7-4 win over Rimouski and was shut out in a 4-0 loss to Shawinigan. (Week ending 2/21/99)

Projection at NHL level- Second line center.
Current Stock Status- On the rise.

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Eric Chouinard C 6-4 192 18 D-Mtl98 (1/16)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 54 43 50 93 +24 54 15 6
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Natural scorer.
#1 Weakness- Doesn’t use size.
Playing on the number 1 ranked team in The QMJHL, Chouinard is having a strong season, but not an exceptional one. He was cut from the Canadian Junior Team in favour of teammate Simon Gagne. He is playing on Quebec’s number one power play and penalty killing units, and is averaging slightly over 1.7 points per game. He has become a solid penalty-killer, due partially to his strength on face-offs, but needs to increase his intensity level on the ice.

Chouinard’s output of 6 points in the past 3 games is slightly above his season average. He had 1 assist in a 6-1 win over Moncton, 2 goals and 2 assists in a 6-5 win and 1 point in a 3-2 win that allowed Quebec to sweep back to back games against Cape Breton. (Week ending 2/21/99)

Projection at NHL level- Second line center.
Current Stock Status- Stagnant.

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Jason Ward C 6-2 195 20 D-Mtl97(1/11)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 30 18 19 37 +22 53 3 5

#1 Strength- Grit and ability to bang.
#1 Weakness- Durability
Ward has continued his injury problems this year by missing over 20 of Plymouth’s games, but has still managed to average 1.23 points per game. Ward’s intelligence on the ice is displayed by his +22 rating in just 30 games. While his 5 short handed goals demonstrate his ability to score off the transition and to generate giveaways by the opposing team. Ward remains a crasher and banger with good hands and defensive smarts.

Ward’s 4 points in the last 3 games are almost identical to his season average. He was shutout during a 7-0 win over Toronto, scored a goal in a 5-1 win over his former team, Erie. While finishing up the week with 1 goal and 2 assists in a 4-2 win over London. (Week ending 2/21/99)

Projection at NHL level- Third line winger.
Current Stock Status- Stagnant.

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Gregor Baumgartner C 6-0 186 19 D-Mtl97(2/37)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 59 30 51 81 +2 53 10 1
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Acceleration
#1 Weakness- Defensive play
Baumgartner’s skating remains his best asset and most likely his ticket to the show. He is having a solid season offensively, but a slightly below average season defensively. Although he is averaging 1.38 points per game, he is only +1 for the season. His 12 penalty minutes are a product of his tendency to shy away from physical play and his low intensity level on the ice. His 10 powerplay goals are solid, but not exceptional for a guy playing on Acadie-Bathurst’s number 1 unit.

Baumgartner’s 7 points in the last 3 games are well above his season average. He started the week with 1 goal and 3 assists in a 6-5 loss to Rouyn-Noranda, assisted on 1 goal in an 8-4 win over Val D’Or and finished the week with 2 assists in a 5-2 win over Victoriaville. (Week ending 2/21/99)

Projection at NHL Level- Third line center.
Current Stock Status- Stagnant.

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