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 21 10 9 2 2.49 .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 was recently named the AHL’s player of the week. Barring injury, Theodore is guaranteed a large workload down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Theodore finished the week 1-0-1, with a GAA of 3.00. He stopped 36 shots in a 4-4 tie with Portland, and stopped 30 shots in an 8-2 thrashing of St.John’s. (Week ending 3/13/99)

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 did not see any game action this past week. Unfortunately, this is not enough work for a budding young prospect..(Week ending 3/13/99)

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 46 14 20 34 – 167 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 167 PIM’s are also an indication of his toughness. His 0.65 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.

Ryan started off the week with no points in a 4-4 tie with Portland. But finished off the week with his best game of the season. He scored 1 goal and added 3 assists in a lopsided 8-2 win over St. John’s.(Week ending 3/13/99)

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 57 21 29 50 – 22 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 0.88 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 is currently suffering through a dreadful slump. He had no points in 2 games this past week, and has not scored a goal in 6 games. The clock is ticking, loudly. (Week ending 3/13/99 )

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 68 67 99 166 +52 137 24 8
(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 2.44 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 was named the QMJHL’s offensive player of the week (for the week ending 3/7/99), the third time this season he has received this award. This past week, Ribeiro’s average of 2 points per game were slightly below his season average. He scored a goal and 2 assists in a 5-4 loss to Val D’or, and was held to 1 assist in a 2-2 tie with Hull.. (Week ending 3/13/99)

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 61 49 59 108 +36 56 15 7
(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. 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 1.77 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 2.75 points per game this week was well above his season average, and he will likely be in the running for the QMJHL’s offensive player of the week. He had 1 goal and 3 assists in a 7-4 win over Victoriaville, scored 1 goal in a 1-1 tie with Sherbrooke, scored a hat-trick while adding 2 assists in an 8-4 win over Chicoutimi, and had 1 assist in a 6-2 loss to Baie-Comeau.. (Week ending 3/13/99)

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 34 22 23 45 +25 53 4 5

#1 Strength- Grit and ability to bang.
#1 Weakness- Durability
Ward is an emotion-driven player who has averaged 1.32 points per game this season. His intelligence on the ice is made evident 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 has been suspended 5 games due to an incident that occurred in a March 2 game against Erie. Following 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. Ward is due back in time to play Plymouth’s season finale March 19. (Week ending 3/13/99)

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 67 33 57 90 +5 14 11 1
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Acceleration
#1 Weakness- Defensive play
Baumgartner’s skating remains his best asset and most likely his ticket to the NHL. He is having a solid season offensively, but a slightly below average season defensively. Although he is averaging 1.34 points per game, he is a disappointing +5 for the season. His 14 penalty minutes demonstrate his tendency to shy away from physical play and his low intensity level on the ice. His 11 powerplay goals are solid, but not exceptional for a guy playing on Acadie-Bathurst’s number 1 unit.

Baumgartner’s 5 points in the last 4 games are slightly below his season average. He started the week with 2 goals in a 9-1 thrashing of Baie-Comeau, had 2 assists in a 7-2 win over Cape Breton, scored a goal in a 4-2 win over Moncton, and was shutout in a 4-3 win over Sherbrooke. (Week ending 3/13/99)

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