Montreal Canadiens Top junior Prospects Update

By pbadmin

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Jose Theodore G 5-10 180 20 D-Mtl94 (2/44)

GP W L T Avg Sv%
98-99 Stats 16 9 6 1 2.22 .993 (AHL)
98-99 Stats 13 3 10 0 3.35 .887 (NHL)

#1 Strength- Winner’s attitude.
#1 Weakness- Inconsistency.
With the trade of Thibeault and the arrival of Hackett, Theodore was surprised and angered by his demotion to Fredericton. The main reason for his demotion was his inconsistent play. He has recently come to accept his demotion and is playing exceptionally well. He was just named the AHL’s player of the week and is proving himself too good for the AHL. Fredericton will go as far in the playoffs as Theodore (and his reputation as a good pressure goaltender) takes them.

He continued his stellar play this last week by going 2-1, with a GAA of 2.00. he stopped 34 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to St. John’s, did not play in a 5-4 loss in the rematch with St. John’s, stopped 33 shots in a 5-2 win over St. John, and stopped 21 shots in a 2-1 win over St. John’s.(Week ending 2/28/99)

Projection at NHL level- Star.
Current Stock Status- On the rise.

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Mathieu Garon G 6-1 175 21 D-Mtl96(2/44)

GP W L T AVG Sav%
98-99 Stats 34 10 21 1 3.21 .897 (AHL)

#1 Strength- Lateral Movement.
#1 Weakness- Goes down too early.
Garon has struggled making the jump to the AHL. The Habs feel he must work on standing up longer. Theodore’s demotion pushed him back to the number 2 spot. Since Theodore’s arrival he has played far less. The lack of work will almost surely slow his progress, only game action at this level will help him improve.

Garon only played in 1 of Fredericton’s games last week. He stopped 31 shots in a 5-4 loss to St. John’s. He will, for the most part, watch Theodore carry this team to the playoffs.(Week ending 2/28/99)

Projection for NHL Level- Number one goalie.
Current stock status- Stagnant.

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Terry Ryan LW 6-1 207 22 D-Mtl95(1/8)

GP G A PTS
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 40 12 17 29 – 165 6 0 (AHL)

#1 Strength- Toughness.
#1 Weakness- Skating.
Ryan is a tough player, who plays with emotion. He is willing to take the punishment that comes with standing in front of the net. This is evident by his 6 powerplay goals. His 165 PIM’s only drill that point home. His 0.73 points per game are less than he is capable of. His less than stellar season is partly due to his frustration with the minors. Ryan has the toughness and grit to make the big squad. Only time will tell when.

With 1 point in his last 3 games Ryan is not going to impress anyone. He was shutout in a 5-4 loss to St.John’s with 2 shots, he had 1 assist in a 5-2 win over St.John with 3 shots, and was shutout in a 2-1 win over St.John’s with 3 shots. He was a combined +1 for the week.(Week ending 2/28/99)

Projection for NHL Level- Third line winger.
Current Stock Status- On the decline.

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Eric Houde C 5-11 190 22 D-Mtl95(9/216)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 52 21 27 48 – 20 4 2

#1 Strength- Hands
#1 Weakness- Strength
Houde’s improvement over the last 3 years was amazing, but the big step has proved elusive. His average of 0.92 points per game is among the team’s leaders. But it seems as though Houde is running out of time. He has worked hard on improving his defense and strength. Look for him to eventually hook up with an expansion club.

Houde’s 5 points this last week are slightly above his season average. He had 1 assist on 5 shots in a 3-2 loss to St. John’s, he had 1 goal and 1 assist on 2 shots in a 5-4 loss to St. John’s, he had 1 assist with 2 shots in a 5-2 win over St. John, and he had 1 goal on 4 shots in a 2-1 win over St. John’s. He finished a combined +1 for the week.(Week ending 2/28/99)

Projection for NHL Level- Second line center with an expansion club.
Current stock status- On the decline.

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 63 61 91 152 +48 125 22 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 2.4 points per game and is leading the CHL in scoring. His +48 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 3 points in 3 games is well below his season average. He has struggled this past week with only 2 goals, both scored on the powerplay. He had 1 point in a 3-3 draw with Halifax, 1 goal and 1 assist in a 6-3 loss to Victoriaville, and was shut out in a brutal 8-1 loss to Sherbrooke. He was also -7 for the week and his team is winless in their last 4 games. (Week ending 2/28/99)

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 55 43 51 94 +26 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 1 point in the only game Quebec played this week is below his season average. He had 1 assist in a 5-2 win over Drummondville. (Week ending 2/27/99)

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 32 21 23 44 +25 53 4 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 1.38 points per game. Ward’s intelligence on the ice is displayed by his +25 rating in just 32 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 7 points in the last 2 games are well above his season average. He had 2 goals and 1 assist in an 8-2 win over Owen Sound, and had 1 goal and 3 assists in a 10-3 drubbing of Kitchener. All in all, an impressive week for Mr. Ward. (Week ending 2/27/99)

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 61 30 53 83 -2 12 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 1.36 points per game, he is a disappointing -2 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 3 points in the last 3 games are below his season average. He started the week with 1 assist in a 3-2 loss to Sherbrooke, was shutout in a 4-1 loss to Shawinigan and finished the week with 2 assists in a 5-3 win over Rimouski. (Week ending 2/27/99)

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

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