Montreal Canadiens Prospect Report

By pbadmin

POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Jose Theodore G 5-10 180 22 D-Mtl94(2/44)

GP W L T AVG Sav%
98-99 Stats 19 9 9 1 2.44 .927 (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.

Theodore finished the week a dismal 0-3, with a GAA of 3.66. he stopped 25 shots in a 3-1 loss to Rochester, stopped 31 shots in a 3-1 loss to Springfield, did not play in a 3-3 tie with Philadelphia, and stopped 23 shots in a 5-4 loss to Providence.(Week ending 3/7/99)

Projection for NHL Level- Star.
Current stock status- Stagnant.

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 played exceptionally well stopping 40 shots in 3-3 tie with Providence. But this is definitely not enough work for him to progress.(Week ending 3/7/99)

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
98-99 Stats 44 13 17 30 (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 0.68 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 goal in his last 4 games Ryan is not going to impress anyone. He was shutout in a 3-1 loss to St.John’s with 2 shots, he was shutout in an identical 3-1 loss to Springfield,with 2 shots, he had no shots and no points in a 3-3 tie with Philadelphia, and ended the week with 1 goal on 3 shots in a 5-4 loss to Providence. He was a combined -1 for the week.(Week ending 3/7/99)

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

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Eric Houde C 5-11 190 22 D-Mtl95(9/216)

GP G A PTS
98-99 Stats 52 21 27 48 (AHL)

#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 2 points in 4 games are well below his season average. He had no points on 3 shots in a 3-1 loss to Rochester, was shutout with 2 shots in a 3-1 loss to Springfield, was held pointless in a 3-3 tie with Philadelphia with 4 shots, and ended the week with 2 assists in a 5-4 loss to Providence. He finished a combined -6 for the week.(Week ending 3/7/99 )

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Mike Ribeiro C 5-10 167 19 D-Mtl98 (2/45)

GP G A PTS +/-
98-99 Stats 66 66 96 162 +52 (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 2.45 points per game and is leading the CHL in scoring. His +52 is a product of his great offensive skills, while his 8 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 rebounded from a poor week last week, averaging 3.33 points per game this week. He started the week slowly with 1 goal in a 4-3 win over Drummondville, dominated with 2 goals and 2 assists in a 4-4 tie with Sherbrooke, and ended the week on a high with 2 goals and 3 assists in a 6-4 win over Victoriaville. (Week ending 3/6/99)

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

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Eric Chouinard C 6-4 192 18 D-Mtl98 (1/16)

GP G A PTS
98-99 Stats 57 44 53 97 (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 average of 1.5 points per game this week is comparable to his season average of 1.7. he had 1 goal and 1 assist in a 7-2 win over Cape Breton, and had an assist in a 4-3 loss to Shawinigan. (Week ending 3/6/99)

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
98-99 Stats 34 22 23 45 (OHL)

#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 1.32 points per game. Ward’s intelligence on the ice is displayed by his +25 rating in just 34 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 1 point in 2 games last week were well below his season average. He had no points in a 3-2 win over Windsor, he had 1 goal in a 7-0 win over Erie. The Erie game was a fight-filled affair that has already cost Ward the last 2 games of this week and may possibly cost him 10 games in total. The incident occurred late in the third period. After a shoving match with an Erie player and a subsequent 10-minute misconduct penalty, Ward threw a puck into the stands as he was leaving the ice. One report has the puck striking a fan, while another has the puck being caught. Regardless, Ward cannot afford the time off, as he has already missed enough games during his junior career. (Week ending 3/6/99)

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

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Gregor Baumgartner C 6-0 186 19 D-Mtl97(2/37)

GP G A PTS
98-99 Stats 63 30 55 85 (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 1.35 points per game, he is a disappointing +1 for the season. His 14 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 2 points in the last 2 games are below his season average. He started the week with 1 assist in a 5-0 win over Chicoutimi, and finished it with another assist in a 5-1 win over Moncton. (Week ending 3/6/99)

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

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