Montreal Canadiens Top junior Prospects Update

By pbadmin

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
98-99 Playoff 11 5 11 16 -3 12 3 0
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Vision and creativity.
#1 Weakness- Size.
Ribeiro is a creative playmaker with impressive vision. He can spot teammates in the offensive zone as well as any player in the Quebec League. He is a natural scorer who must improve his skating. Size remains the big question mark.

Ribeiro’s performance during the regular season was outstanding. He led the entire CHL in scoring, while averaging 2.42 PPG. He won the QMJHL’s offensive player of the week award 3 times and turned some heads among the Habs’ brain trust.

Unfortunately, Ribeiro’s playoff performance left something to be desired. His average of 1.45 PPG was a full point below his season average. He also finished the playoffs an uncharacteristically low -3.

Immediately following Rouyn-Noranda’s loss in four straight games to Hull, Ribeiro was called up to the Canadiens AHL affiliate in Fredericton. It is still unknown whether Ribeiro will dress for any of the Baby Habs’ playoff games.(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
98-99 Playoff 13 8 10 18 -4 8 1 1
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Natural scorer.
#1 Weakness- Doesn’t use size.
Chouinard is blessed with a long stride and good outside speed. He is a natural scorer with superior hockey sense. A good face-off man, he sometimes lacks aggression and becomes a perimeter player. His talent and size make him a player to watch for in the future.

Chouinard’s performance during the season was good but not outstanding. More is expected of a player with his talent and size. He finished the season 10th in QMJHL scoring and averaged 1.76 PPG.

Offensively, Chouinard’s playoff performance was strong, but defensively, too much was left in the tank. His -4 in 13 playoff games was not comparable to his regular season total of +36.

After Quebec’s loss in 6 games to Acadie-Bathurst, Chouinard was called up to The Habs’ AHL affiliate in Fredericton. It is still unknown whether he will dress for any of Fredericton’s playoff games.

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
98-99 Playoff 11 6 8 14 +3 12 2 0

#1 Strength- Grit and ability to bang.
#1 Weakness- Durability
Ward has power forward potential with a decent touch around the net. He has missed twenty plus games in each of the last two years, which is a direct reflection of his “all out” style and willingness to bang. If he can stay healthy and adapt well to the wing, Ward will become a role player at worst and an intimidating power forward at best.

Ward’s performance during the regular season was adequate but not outstanding. He averaged 1.31 PPG, and finished the season with an impressive 5 short-handed goals.

Ward had a decent playoff, he averaged 1.27 PPG and was a combined +3. Ward demonstrated his desire and grit in the playoffs, while remaining disciplined. Qualities which the Habs are high on.

Immediately following Plymouth’s loss to London in 7 games Ward was called up to the Habs’ AHL affiliate in Fredericton. Since the call Ward has been practicing on the Baby Habs top line. Whether he will play there when the playoffs start, is still undetermined.

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
98-99 Playoff 16 6 7 13 +1 6 1 0
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Acceleration
#1 Weakness- Defensive play
Baumgartner is an excellent skater with great acceleration. He is unselfish and has good vision in the offensive zone. Baumgartner has solid hockey sense but lacks aggression. Although he is a strong backchecker, his defensive zone coverage must be improved. He needs to become a two-way player to make it to the NHL.

Baumgartner had a strong season offensively, as he averaged 1.34 PPG. His weakness is defensively. He finished a combined +5 on a very strong hockey club.

Although Baumgartner’s team is playing very well in the playoffs, he is not scoring at the same pace he did during the regular season. He is only averaging 0.81 PPG during the playoffs.

Acadie-Bathurst has advanced to the QMJHL finals and will play the Hull Olympics to determine who goes to the Memorial cup in Ottawa. The series begins Sunday.

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