Canadiens CHL prospects update

By Alexandre Beland-Bernard





Canadiens CHL Prospect Update

While some of the Montreal Canadiens’ CHL prospects aren’t
living up to expectations, such as Carey Price, others have literally
caught fire in the early games of the season, most notably Matt D’Agostini and Mathieu
Aubin
. Others, such as Guillaume
Latendresse
and Kyle Chipchura,
continue to offer high-level play for their respective junior teams.

Western Hockey League
The Habs have two players in Western Canada this
season: the team’s first pick in 2005, fifth overall, Price,
who plays for Tri-City, as well as Chipchura,
a hard-working center who suits up for Prince Albert and was also selected in
the first round, in 2004.


Carey Price, G –
Tri-City
Americans – Selected in the 1st round (5th overall) in 2005
On paper, one could say that Carey Price is having
a hard time. He has tasted victory only twice so far this season, and suffered
losses on six of his other starts. He is, however, not getting much help from
his teammates. The Americans are currently dead last in the WHL, with the
third-worst offense (with 34 goals scored in 12 games) and a porous defense
(53 goals-against in only 12 games). Given this context, Price maintains a
3.48 GAA and a pretty low save percentage of .878. It is only natural that
Price’s statistics would reflect his team’s mediocrity, however, we can bet
that the Habs want more out of him.

Team

League

GP

W

L

T

GAA

PCT



Tri-City Americans

WHL

9

2

6

0

3.48

.878



Kyle
Chipchura, C –
Prince Albert Raiders – Selected in the 1st round (18th
overall) in
2004

Chipchura entered the 2005-06
season hoping to make it through without injuries – and so far, so good. He
is taking advantage of his healthy situation and has already tallied 11 points
in 12 games, totals that can only increase his stock, given that he is mostly
being touted as a potential checking line center at the NHL level. Despite his
good start, however, his team is struggling after a six-game losing streak put
them second to last in the WHL’s East Division.
Presumably as a result of this, Chipchura’s plus/minus rating has dropped to -2. Given his offensive production, this shouldn’t be a
reason to panic this early in the season.

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Prince
Albert Raiders

WHL

12

3

8

11

21

-2





Ontario Hockey League



The Canadiens have three prospects suiting up in the OHL this season, all of them right wings: D’Agostini, for the Guelph Storm,
Siarhei Kostsitsyn for the London Knights, and Gregory Stewart for the Peterborough Petes. They were drafted, respectively, in sixth round, 2005, the seventh round, also 2005, and the eighth round, 2004.


Matt

D’Agostini, RW
Guelph Storm – Selected in the 6th
round (190th overall) in 2005

D’Agostini has started off the season with a band, and his playmaking abilities have allowed him to tally 19 assists in
only 16 games, adding 4 goals for a total of 23 points. These statistics put
him at the 14th spot in overall league scoring. His offensive talents have allowed the Storm to take the lead in the OHL’s Midwest Division,
second overall in
the league. If he keeps going at this rate, this might become a career year
for D’Agostini.

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-


Guelph
Storm

OHL

16

4

19

23

22

+8

Siarhei Kostsitsyn, RW – London Knights – Selected in the 7th round (200th overall) in 2005
Not much was known about this prospect before he came over to North America, but now we can say with certainty that he is here to make an
impression. Siarhei, Andrei’s brother, roared out the gate this season with 30 points in his first 15 games, placing him at
seventh in league scoring, but, amazingly enough, only fourth on his team (the Knights have already scored 98 goals in 15
games). He is helping the Knights keep their status as a powerhouse intact after the loss of some key players from last season’s championship team.

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

London Knights

OHL

15

11

19

30

16

0



Gregory
Stewart, RW


Peterborough Petes – Selected in the 8th round
(246th overall) in 2004



This physical, fast player is looking to
impress the Habs this season after an acceptable
sophomore year. So far, he is doing well, having scored 7 goals and 11 points
in 14 games. His team is looking sharp at this time of year as
they are sitting at first place in the OHL, and Stewart has been contributing
to the offense.

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-



Peterborough Petes

OHL

14

7

4

11

17

+4



Quebec Major Junior Hockey League






The Canadiens have a few choice prospects in
the Q this season: Latendresse,
selected 45th overall in the 2005 draft, who has been causing a lot
of buzz, Aubin,
selected in the fifth round in the same entry draft, defender Alexandre
Dulac-Lemelin
, selected in the ninth round in 2004, and
finally, Loic
Lacasse
, a depth goalie also drafted in the ninth round,
in 2004.


Guillaume Latendresse, RW
Drummondville Voltigeurs
– Selected in the second round (45th overall) in 2005
The Habs are projecting their hopes onto this power forward from Ste-Catherine, PQ, as he made quite a buzz during
this year’s training camp, scoring five points in four games during the NHL’s
exhibition period. The brass decided to send
Latendresse back to the Voltigeurs for more
junior seasoning. So far, he hasn’t disappointed anyone. However, strangely
enough, his team has been on a losing streak since
Latendresse joined them, in spite of the fact that he is over a
point-a-game (17 points in 11 games) and playing some good hockey.

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Drummondville
Voltigeurs

QMJHL

11

9

8

17

29

+1


Mathieu

Aubin, C –


Lewiston MAINEiacs –
Selected in the 5th round (130th overall) in 2005
Aubin
has caught on fire this season. Despite his team’s disappointing standing at
sixth place in the Eastern Division so far this season, Aubin
has managed to put up 10 goals and 24 points in his 15 games, placing him 18th in league scoring. He may be up for a career year, and though
his plus/minus is a little low, he does play on a
weaker team. He could see his
stock rise this season.

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-



Lewiston MAINEiacs

QMJHL

15

10

14

24

10

-2


Alexandre

Dulac-Lemelin, D –

Baie-Comeau Drakkar – Selected in the 9th
round (278th overall) in 2004
Despite his team’s disappointing performances this
season, which place them at ninth in the Western Division, Dulac-Lemelin has been a steady performer in the
lineup. His two-way game has allowed him to score four goals and post 7 points in 15
games from the backline, as well as accomplish the not-so-simple task of
maintaining his plus/minus at an even level within an under-performing team. He will
most likely remain in the Drakkar’s top pairing
this season.

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Baie-Comeau
Drakkar

QMJHL

15

4

3

7

28

0


Loic

Lacasse, G –

Baie-Comeau Drakkar – Selected in the 6th
round (181st overall) in 2004

Lacasse continues to keep the
Drakkar’s goal this season, a task that has been more than arduous over the years. Yet, despite his, and his
team’s, losing record, Lacasse is once again
showing that he is probably not the cause of his team’s low standing with his
.900 save percentage. It would be interesting to see what this goalie could
accomplish if he was given a good team in front of him.

Team

League

GP

W

L

T

GAA

PCT

Baie-Comeau
Drakkar

QMJHL

16

5

7

0

3.76

.900

 

All statistics as of October 30th, 2005.


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