Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

By Chris Boucher

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

Hainsey managed 2 assists through 2 games since our last update. He continues to play well, and is consistently among the Citadelles’ best players. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 36 games. He has 21 points (7-14-21), and is +9 with 12 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 78 shots on goal.

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

Garon recorded a 2-1 record through 3 games since our last update. Saturday’s game against Springfield was the 24-year-old’s 24th straight start. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 31 AHL games. He has a 15-8-7 record with 2.74 GAA, and a .916 save percentage.

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

Chouinard picked up 1 assist through 3 games since our last update. He averaged 3 shots per game over the same span. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 39 games. He has 32 points (13-19-32), and is -1 with 12 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 116 shots on goal.

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

Beauchemin is out of action with a concussion. He suffered the injury during a January 25th game against Manchester. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 28 games. He has 7 points (4-3-7), and is -8 with 32 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 exploded with 3 goals through 3 games since our last update. Two of those goals came during a 6-2 win over Springfield on February 2nd. Overall, the 5’10”, 178-lbs winger has played 50 games. He has 8 points (5-3-8), and is +4 with 6 minutes in penalties. He also has 33 shots on goal.

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

Descoteaux was shutout through 3 games since our last update. He recently suffered a shoulder separation and will be out for at least 10 days. Overall, the 6’4′, 208-lbs defenseman has played 49 games. He has 15 points (6-9-15), and is -8 with 30 minutes in penalties. All 6 of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he has 98 shots on goal.

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

Tarasov has returned to Québec following a groin injury that kept him out of action for 3 months. His arrival should take some of the pressure off of a somewhat tired Mathieu Garon. 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 1 assist through 2 games since our last update. He missed 1 game this week with a rib injury before returning to action on Saturday against Manchester. Overall, the 6’3″, 193-lbs winger has played 50 games. He has 37 points (12-25-37), and is -5 with 120 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while another was scored shorthanded. He’s directed a team-high 133 shots on goal.

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

Hossa was returned to Québec on February 4th. 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 was shutout through 1 game since our last update. The 25-year-old rookie missed 2 games this week with a rib injury. Overall, the 5’11”, 185-lbs defenseman has played 39 games. He has 17 points (6-11-17), and is -9 with 14 minutes in penalties. He’s also directed 71 shots on goal.

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

Vertala is still 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 picked up an assist through 3 games since our last update. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 25 AHL games. He has 9 points (3-6-9), and is +4 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s also directed 36 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 2 ECHL games since our last update. The 6’0″, 192-lbs winger has played 21 games with Mississippi. He has 9 points (6-3-9), and is minus-13 with 35 shots on goal.

The 21-year-old Marois has also played 10 AHL games. He has no points, to go along with 2 minutes in penalties.

Olivier Michaud -G (Free Agent-2001(3-y contract))

Michaud recorded a 1-2 record through 3 games since our last update. He has the fourth-most wins in the QMJHL, while his GAA is tops in the league. Overall the 5’11, 163-lbs goalie has played 34 games. He has a 23-7-3 record with a 2.27 GAA, and .892 save percentage.

Michaud also participated in the World Junior Championship with team Canada over the holidays. The Beloil native played in 2 tournament games; winning 1 while losing the other. He stopped 23 shots during a 6-1 win over Switzerland, and stopped 39 of 43 shots during a 4-1 loss to Finland. Michaud left the Czech Republic with an already mentioned 1-1 record to go along with a 2.50 GAA, and a solid .924 save percentage.

Christian Larrivée -F (Drafted-00(4/114))

Chicoutimi’s Christian Larrivée scored 2 goals through 2 games since our last update. Overall, the 6’3″, 195-lbs Larrivée has played 54 games. He has 71 points (35-36-71) with 44 minutes in penalties. His plus/minus is currently even. Twelve of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while another was scored shorthanded.

Duncan Milroy -RW (Drafted-01(2/37))

Duncan Milroy managed 8 points through 4 game since our last update. The soon-to-be 19-year-old was just named the WHL Western Conference player of the month for January, and is currently on a 7-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’0″, 185-lbs winger has played 47 games. He has 60 points (33-27-60), and is +6 with 30 minutes in penalties. Eleven of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while 4 others were scored shorthanded.

WHL player of the month for January.

Josef Balej -RW (Drafted-00(3/78))

Portland’s Josef Balej was shutout through 1 game since our last update. He missed 3 straight games with a throat infection, and is listed as day-to-day. Balej remains 6th in league scoring, and is 2nd in goals with 38. He also has the second best PPG average among the WHL’s top point-scorers. Overall, the 5’11”, 175-lbs winger has played 47 games. He has 70 points (38-32-70), and is +18 with 36 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored short-handed, while his 17 powerplay-markers lead the league.

WHL player of the week for the week ending December 25th.

WHL player of the month for December.

Andrew Archer -D (Drafted-01(7/203))

Andrew Archer scored 2 goals through 3 games since our last update. He experienced his first career 2-goal game during a recent 8-1 win over Kingston. Overall, the 6’4″, 195-lbs stay at home defenseman has played 42 games. He has 13 points (3-10-13), and is -6 with 54 minutes in penalties.

Eric Himelfarb -C (Drafted-01(6/171))

Sarnia’s Eric Himelfarb managed 3 points through 2 games since our last update. Himelfarb remains the top point-producer among Hab prospects, while his recent success has also allowed him to climb to 5th spot in OHL scoring. Overall, the 5’9″, 161-lbs center has played 53 games. He has 74 points (33-41-74), and is -2 with 63 minutes in penalties. Ten of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while 2 others were scored shorthanded.

Mike Komisarek -D (Drafted-01(1/7))

Komisarek scored 1 goal and added 1 assist through 2 games since our last update. His entire offensive output came during a 5-0 win over Lake Superior. Overall, the 6’4″, 228-lbs defenseman has played 25 games. He has 20 points (9-11-20), and is +9 with 52 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored shorthanded, and he’s managed 67 shots on goal.

Komisarek also participated in the World Junior Championship with team USA over the holidays. The US finished 5th in the tournament with a 4-1-2 record. The 19-year old played in all 6 games, and registered 2 assists. He left the Czech Republic with a -1 rating to go along with 14 minutes in penalties, and 5 shots on goal.

Chris Dyment -D (Drafted-99(4/97))

Boston University’s Chris Dyment scored 1 goal through 2 games since our last update. Overall, the 6’3″, 202-lbs. defenseman has played 25 games. He has 14 points (6-8-14), and is a team-best +17 with 20 minutes in penalties. Five of his goals were scored on the powerplay while another was scored shorthanded. He also has 35 shots on goal.

Hockey East player of the week for the week ending October 29th.

Hockey East defensive player of the week for the week ending December 10th.

Matt Shasby -D (Drafted-99(5/150))

Alaska-Anchorage University’s Matt Shasby managed 2 points through 2 games since our last update. He’s currently on a 3-game point-scoring streak, and has points in 10 of UAA’s last 11 games. He recently became the Habs’ top scoring defensive prospect, and the 21-year old also has the sixth-best offensive numbers among WCHA defensemen. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs. defenseman has played 25 games. He has 21 points (5-16-21) with 66 minutes in penalties, and 3 of his goals were scored on the powerplay.

Scott Selig -C/RW (Drafted-00(6/172))

Northeastern University’s Scott Selig was shutout through 2 games since our last update. Overall, the 6’3″, 180-lbs. forward has played 24 games. He has 4 points (3-1-4), and is a disappointing -11 with 26 minutes in penalties. Two of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 42 shots on goal.

Ryan Glenn -D (Drafted-00(5/145))

St. Lawrence University’s Ryan Glenn scored 3 goals through 3 games since our last update. He experienced his first career 2-goal-game during a 4-3 win over Yale, and has now doubled his point total of last season. Overall, the 6’2″, 210-lbs. defenseman has played 24 games. He has 8 points (3-5-8), and is -6 with 19 minutes in penalties.

Alexander Buturlin -RW (Drafted-99(2/39))

The 6’0″, 187 lbs. Buturlin has played 27 games in the RHL. He has 5 points (2-3-5) to go along with 12 minutes in penalties.

Alexander Perezhogin -F (Drafted-01(1/25))

Perezhogin recently traveled to Montréal in order to receive treatment for his knee injury. It was established that he will not need surgery. Two weeks rest, combined with medication should be enough to heal the injury. Perezhogin has played most of this season with Mostovik Kurgan of the Russian High League. Official stats show that the 5’11”, 175-lbs center has played 19 games. He has 24 points (14-10-24) to go along with 10 minutes in penalties. He’s also played 3 games this season with Omsk of the Russian Super League, where he’s scored 1 goal to go along with 4 minutes in penalties.

Perezhogin played for Russia during the recent World Junior tournament. He suffered from a knee injury throughout the tournament, and left the Czech Republic without registering a point through 5 games. His plus/minus was even, and he managed 8 shots on goal to go along with 4 minutes in penalties.

Joni Puurula -G (Drafted-00(8/243))

HPK’s Joni Puurula posted a 1-0 record through 1 game since our last update. He stopped 20 of 21 shots during a 7-1 win over Saipai. Recently recovered from a season-shortening viral infection, the 19-year-old has played 4 games this season. He has a 3-0-1 record to go along with a 1.71 GAA, and a .934 save percentage.

Johan Eneqvist -F (Drafted-00(4/109))

Leksands IF’s Johan Eneqvist was shutout through 2 games since our last update. Overall, the 6’0″, 190-lbs forward has played 39 games. He has 7 points (3-4-7), and is -4 with 20 minutes in penalties.

Tomas Plekanec -F (Drafted-01(3/71))

Plekanec managed 2 assists through 2 games since our last update. Both his points came during a 4-3 loss over Znojmo. Overall, the 5’10”, 196-lbs winger has played 42 games in the Czech Extraliga. He has 20 points (6-14-20), and is -7 with 28 minutes in penalties.

The versatile forward also played for the Czech Republic during the recent World Junior Championship. He played center on a line with Edmonton draft pick Ales Hemsky. He was second on the team in scoring with 7 points (3-4-7) through 7 games. The 19-year old was -1, and directed a team-best 24 shots on goal. He won 49 % of his face-offs, while taking the most draws of any pivot on the Czech team. Plekanec also played on last year’s gold medal winning squad, where he scored 1 goal while adding 1 assist through 7 tournament games.

Victor Ujcik -F (Drafted-01(9/266))

Slavia Praha’s Viktor Ujcik managed 2 goals through 3 games since our last update. Overall, the 5’10”, 194-lbs winger has played 46 games. He has 36 points (21-15-36), and is -4 with 49 minutes in penalties.

Hab you Heard?

Kim Staal, the Habs’ 4th round pick in ’96 has 35 points (13-22-35) through 45 games with Modo of the Swedish Elite League. He’s +11 with 16 minutes in penalties, and 2 of his goals were scored on the powerplay. He’s 3rd on his team in scoring, and sits in 13th place among the league’s top-scorers.

Niklas Anger, the Habs’ 5th round pick in ’95 has vaulted into first place among AIK scorers, and is now 23rd overall in Swedish Elite League scoring. The 24-year-old right winger has 31 points (11-20-31) through 46 games, and is -14 with 16 minutes in penalties.

-Ilkka Mikkola, the Habs’ 3rd round pick in ’97 has 4 points (2-2-4) through 44 games with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League. He is +7 with 12 minutes in penalties.

-Evan Lindsay was re-assigned to the Florida Everglades of the ECHL. The goaltending logjam in Mississippi forced the Habs to find Lindsay another roster spot. He lost his first game with Florida. Overall he has a 13-12-2 record though 29 ECHL games with Mississippi and Florida. The Habs’ fourth round pick in ’99 has an unofficial 3.43 GAA, and .904 save percentage.

Current stats up to and including games played February 3rd, 2001.

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