What was to be an important summer and fall for Jordan Caron turned into a frustrating one. He fractured his collarbone during Team Canada’s summer camp in August, and missed the beginning of the QMJHL season because of it. It’s been slow getting back up to game shape and he’s just played in 11 of Rimouski’s 25 games. In those 11 games, he’s put up nine points (2 goals), which is below last year’s production. Caron will play in the Super Series against Russia, and hope to impress Team Canada enough to make the World Junior roster.
Sauve is off to a hot start in the QMJHL as he currently is sitting in a tie for sixth in overall scoring with 31 points in 22 games. His right wing Jonathan Hazen is ahead of him in fifth place. Sauve will need to get stronger, but at this stage in his career, his skill is doing most of the work for him. Sauve will play for the QMJHL team in the Super Series against Russia.
The Bruins selected this Scarborough, Ontario native for his toughness, and not surprisingly he’s accumulated 41 PIM’s this year. He already has more PIM’s thus far than he did for the entire season last year (39). He’s been involved in five fights this year, two of which he received a misconduct for. Randell’s game may be more grit but with four goals, seven assists (in 20 games), he’s on pace to surpass his OHL career high of 22, showing improvement offensively. He was recently a healthy scratch after a 10-game goal-less streak.
Sexton has just seven points in 15 games in the high-scoring BCHL. In the fall of 2010, he takes his game to the NCAA and suits up for Clarkson University.
Courchaine changed OHL teams in the offseason and is now with Sarnia. His 706 minutes played makes him the current No. 1 goalie among three in net (Shayne Campbell and Jesse Raymond). Courchaine’s numbers are near what they were last year, currently at .907 save percentage and 3.40 GAA with a 5-7-0 record. He will turn pro next year, and has already played some games in the AHL.
Hutchinson is another in a long list of netminders on the Bruins depth chart. His OHL career started with the Barrie Colts and this is his first season in London. He couldn’t have started off in better fashion by posting a 5-0 shutout to Sarnia in his first game. But overall his numbers are not as good as last year: .902 save percentage, 3.14 GAA, and 7-6-0 record. Hutchinson has played the vast majority of the minutes (785 to 484) compared to backup Michael Houser. Houser (2010-eligible) has posted better numbers and has only lost one game, however, so Hutchinson could be in danger of losing his starting position.
Button, a mobile, puck-moving defenseman, is sitting at -6. He has nine points — all assists — in 23 games and 19 penalty minutes. With his breakaway speed, goals are surely in his future.