Montreal Canadiens Top junior Prospects Update

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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 69 67 100 167 +52 137 24 8
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Vision and creativity.
#1 Weakness- Size.
Playing with Rouyn-Noranda, the QMJHL’s top offensive team, Ribeiro was on fire the entire season. He averaged 2.42 points per game and won the CHL scoring race by an astonishing 32 points. His +52 was a product of his great offensive skills, while his 8 short handed goals testified to his intelligence and ability to create offense in almost any situation. Which is why he was named the QMJHL’s offensive player of the week 3 times. His penalty minutes have more than doubled compared to last year, an indication that he drew much more attention from his opponents, but did not back down.

Ribeiro finished the season with his 100th assist in a 6-2 win over Val D’or.(end of regular season)

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 62 50 59 109 +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 had a strong season. He was cut from the Canadian Junior Team in favour of teammate Simon Gagne. He played on Quebec’s number one power play and penalty killing units, and averaged 1.76 points per game. Allowing him to finish 10th in QMJHL scoring. 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 finished the season by scoring his 50th goal in a 5-1 win over Chicoutimi. (end of regular season)

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 35 22 24 46 +27 53 4 5

#1 Strength- Grit and ability to bang.
#1 Weakness- Durability
Ward is an emotion-driven player who averaged 1.31 points per game this season. Although he continued to miss games due to injury or suspension, his intelligence on the ice was still made evident by his +27 rating in just 35 games. While his 5 short handed goals demonstrated 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 returned from his 5 game suspension to get 1 assist during Plymouth’s 8-1 win over Brampton in their season finale. (End of regular season)

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 had a solid season offensively, but a slightly below average season defensively. Although he averaged 1.34 points per game, he finished the season a disappointing +5. 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 had 1 assist in a 6-5 win over Drummondville.(End of regular season)

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

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