Montreal Canadiens Prospect Report

By pbadmin

The Canadiens promoted 3 of their top 4 junior prospects immediately following each player’s elimination from post-season play. The 3 players promoted to Fredericton were Mike Ribeiro, Eric Chouinard and Jason Ward. Ward has had the most success since his promotion, proving himself to be a solid bet to eventually play on one of the Habs’ top 2 lines. Chouinard has also had success, the bulk of which has been in the offensive zone. Ribeiro, on the other hand has struggled, size and strength being the likely reasons.

Other notes:
Russian defenseman Andrei Markov(the Habs 6th round selection, 162nd overall in the 98 draft) played very well in the recent World Championships in Norway. He had 1 goal and 4 assists in 6 games, and finished a solid +3.

Mike Ribeiro
POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
(c) 5’10′/167 Lbs. 19 D-Mtl98 (2-45)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
99 PLAYOFF (AHL) 3 0 1 1 -5 0 0 0
99 PLAYOFF (QMJHL) 11 5 11 16 -3 12 3 0
98-99 SEASON 69 67 100 167 +52 137 24 8

#1 Strength- Vision and creativity.
#1 Weakness- Size.
Ribeiro has struggled at the AHL level. He has not been able to create offence with the same ease he did in the QMJHL. This is due to the increased speed of the game , which does not allow him enough time to use his excellent vision to spot teammates in the offensive zone. Ribeiro will need time to make the adjustment. While in the QMJHL his offensive abilities also allowed him to ignore the defensive part of the game. This weakness has been more than evident in his short time with Fredericton, as he is a less than stellar –5 in 3 playoff games.

Projection at NHL level- Second line center.
Current Stock Status- Stagnant.**

Eric Chouinard
POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
(c) 6’4″/192 Lbs. 18 D-Mtl98(1/16)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
99 PLAYOFF (AHL) 4 2 2 4 0 0 1 0
99 PLAYOFF (QMJHL) 13 8 10 18 -4 8 1 1
98-99 SEASON 62 50 59 109 +36 56 15 7

#1 Strength- Natural scorer.
#1 Weakness- Doesn’t use size.
Chouinard has shown great poise since his arrival in the AHL. He has already enjoyed a 3-point game and has proven not to be a defensive liability. As he is an acceptable even in plus/minus. His size and strength have allowed him to create offense, as proven by his 7 shots on goal. While his time spent on the powerplay has produced 1 PPG.

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

Jason Ward
POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
(c) 6’2″/195 Lbs. 20 D-Mtl97(1/11)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
99 PLAYOFF (AHL) 7 3 1 4 +4 20 0 0
99 PLAYOFF (OHL) 11 6 8 14 +3 12 2 0
98-99 SEASON 35 22 24 46 +27 53 4 5

#1 Strength- Grit and ability to bang.
#1 Weakness- Durability
Ward has not had any adjustment problems since his promotion to Fredericton. He has shown the same skill and determination he displayed in the OHL. Ward’s biggest strength is that he has not altered his game; playing strong defense and using his size and strength to win puck battles and create turnovers. His +4 goes a long way to proving his defensive prowess, while his 20 PIM’S demonstrate how much of a physical presence he has been. Ward’s performance has put him in position for a possible spot with the big team next year. Provided he has a very strong training camp.

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