Canadiens’ Weekly Prospects Update

By Chris Boucher

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey managed 4 points through 5 games since our last update. He’s currently on a 3-game point-scoring streak, and has 4 points over the same span. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 28 games. He has 17 points (6-11-17), and is +4 with 12 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 56 shots on goal. The 20-year old rookie will play for Team PlanetUSA during the upcoming AHL all-star game.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon recorded a 2-1-2 record through 5 games since our last update. Wednesday’s game against Portland was Garon’s 16th straight start. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 23 AHL games. He has an 11-4-7 record with 2.70 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard was shutout through 1 game since our last update. He returned to action on January 16th, after missing 9 straight games with a shoulder injury. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 31 games. He has 26 points (11-15-26), and is -1 with 10 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 94 shots on goal, and was leading the team in this category prior the shoulder injury.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin was shutout through 5 games since our last update. The natural defenseman has been forced to play up front during recent games due to a shortage of healthy forwards. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 24 games. He has 5 points (3-2-5), and is -6 with 20 minutes in penalties. Beauchemin has also played 7 ECHL games with Mississippi. He has 4 points (1-3-4), and is -1 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s directed 13 shots on goal.

Marc-Andre Thinel -F (Drafted-99(5/145))

Thinel was shutout through 5 games since our last update. He has only 1 point in his last 34 games. Thinel has played well defensively, but could benefit from the increased ice time he would see playing in the ECHL with Mississippi; a temporary demotion could be in the cards for the 20-year-old. That said, the Citadelles’ current lack of forwards might make any demotion logistically impossible. Overall, the 5’10”, 178-lbs winger has played 42 games. He has 5 points (2-3-5), and is +1 with 6 minutes in penalties. He also has 20 shots on goal.

Mathieu Descoteaux -D (Drafted-96(1/19) Edmonton)

Descoteaux managed 1 goal through 5 games since our last update. Overall, the 6’4′, 208-lbs defenseman has played 41 games. He has 15 points (6-9-15), and is -7 with 26 minutes in penalties. All 6 of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he has 86 shots on goal.

Vadim Tarasov -G (Drafted-99(7/196))

Tarasov continues to suffer from a groin injury. He was supposed to be reevaluated in early January, but there’s still no word on a possible return date. He remains in Montréal, where he’s undergoing treatment for the injury. Overall, the 5’11”, 187-lbs goalie has played 3 AHL games. He is 2-0-1 with a 2.28 GAA, and a .926 save percentage.

Jason Ward -F (Drafted-97(1/11))

Ward managed 3 points through 5 games since our last update. He’s among the team leaders in penalty minutes, and continues to play a strong physical game while also contributing offensively. Overall, the 6’3″, 193-lbs winger has played 43 games. He has 33 points (11-22-33), and is -6 with 114 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while another was scored shorthanded. He’s directed a team-high 112 shots on goal.

Marcel Hossa -C/W (Drafted-00(1/16))

Hossa was promoted to Montréal on January 10th. He scored a goal in each of his first 2 NHL games. Unfortunately, he suffered a wrist injury during a January 14th game against Philadelphia, and is currently listed as day-to-day. Prior to being promoted the 20-year-old was 6th in scoring among AHL rookies. Overall, the 6’2″, 211-lbs winger has played 39 AHL games. He has 28 points (14-14-28), and is +3 with 18 minutes in penalties. He’s also directed 100 shots on goal, while 4 of his 14 goals were scored on the powerplay.

Martti Jarventie -D (Drafted-01(4/109))

Jarventie managed 1 assist through 4 games since our last update. Overall, the 5’11”, 185-lbs defenseman has played 36 games. He has 15 points (5-10-15), and is -13 with 8 minutes in penalties. He’s also directed 67 shots on goal.

Timo Vertala -W (Drafted-96(5/181))

Vertala is currently unable to play because of an ankle sprain. Overall, the 6’1″, 180-lbs. winger has played 24 games. He has 5 points (4-1-5), and is -5 with 12 minutes in penalties. He’s managed 30 shots on goal. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay, while 2 others were scored shorthanded.

Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))

Ryder was promoted to Québec from Mississippi on January 10th, and has managed 3 points through 4 games since his return. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 17 AHL games. He has 7 points (3-4-7), and is +5 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s also directed 23 shots on goal. Through 19 games with Mississippi the Newfoundlander has 25 points (13-12-25), and is -1 with 2 minutes in penalties. Two of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while 2 others were scored shorthanded.

Jerome Marois -LW (Drafted-99(9/253))

Jerome Marois was shutout through 4 games since our last update. The 21-year old Marois has played 7 AHL games. He has no points, and has 2 penalty minutes to go along with an even plus/minus rating. The 6’0″, 192-lbs winger has also played 19 ECHL games. He has 9 points (6-3-9), and is minus-12 with 33 shots on goal.

Hab you Heard?

Niklas Anger, the Habs’ 5th round pick in ’95 has scored 12 points through his last 7 games. The 24 year-old right winger has vaulted into first place among AIK scorers, and is now 17th overall among Swedish Elite League point producers. He has 29 points (10-19-29) through 40 games, and is -15 with 10 minutes in penalties. Anger is statistically the Habs’ most improved prospect, as he’s improved his offensive numbers by 0.425 points per game this season.

Current stats up to and including games played January 16th, 2001.

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