Habs Prospects Eye Memorial Cup

The 2014-15 regular season in the CHL’s three leagues wrapped up tonight for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and Western Hockey League (WHL). For the 2014-15 season, the Habs had seven prospects in the system competing, and all of them have earned the privilege to compete in their respective playoffs with the Memorial Cup in sight. We will be taking a look at the regular season performances of Habs prospects in the current Canadian Hockey League seasons and what they have to look forward to in the playoffs.

Photo: NHL.com

Photo: NHL.com

Nikita Scherbak
Position:
Right Wing
Age:
19
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
195
Draft:
1st Round (26th Overall) – 2014
Team:
Everett Silvertips (WHL)
– Record: 42-20-9 (93 Points)

Nikita Scherbak is the most recent of Habs prospects to be selected in the first round. In his second year in the Western Hockey League, Nikita Scherbak led his team in points for the second time, just like he did with his former team – Saskatoon Blades in the 2013-14 season. Scherbak finished the season with 82 points in 65 games, an upgrade from the 78 points in 65 games the Russian-born right winger recorded last season. With a team leading 1.26 points per game, Scherbak leads the Everett Silvertips into the playoffs for the franchises twelfth consecutive time since their formation in 2003. The Silvertips place first in the U.S. Division and second in the Western Conference only behind the Kelowna Rockets. After a poor showing by Nikita’s former Saskatoon Blades last season, they missed the playoffs and Scherbak will be playing his first playoff series at home on Friday, March 27th against the Spokane Chiefs.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – WHL

Game 1: Spokane @ Everett – Fri. March, 27th
Game 2: Spokane @ Everett – Sat. March, 28th

Game 3: Everett @ Spokane – Wed. April, 1st
Game 4: Everett @ Spokane – Fri. April, 3rd
Game 5: Spokane @ Everett – Sat. April, 4th – If Necessary
Game 6: Everett @ Spokane – Tues. April, 7th – If Necessary
Game 7: Spokane @ Everett – Wed. April, 8th – If Necessary

Photo: WHL.ca

Photo: WHL.ca

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Photo: NHL.com

Daniel Audette
Position: Centre
Age:
18
Height:
5’9″
Weight: 188
Draft:
5th Round (147th Overall) – 2014
Team:
Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
– Record: 36-26-6 (78 Points)

Daniel Audette – the small centre on the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had a mission this season to leave no doubt in the brilliant minds of Canadiens’ management that they made the right call when deciding to use their late round pick on him, and it is fair to say that his mission succeeded.  The 18-year old led the team to their most solid regular season record since their creation in 2012. Finishing second on the team in goals, assists and points per game as well as leading the team in total points, Audette finished with 29 goals and 44 assists for 73 points in 60 games played (1.22 points per game). With 14 powerplay goals, Audette was a key piece on the teams powerplay unit.

First Round – QMJHL

Game 1: Charlottetown @ Sherbrooke - Fri. March, 27th
Game 2: Charlottetown @ Sherbrooke - Sat. March, 28th
Game 3: Sherbrooke @ Charlottetown - Mon. March, 30th
Game 4: Sherbrooke @ Charlottetown - Wed. April, 1st
Game 5: Sherbrooke @ Charlottetown - Fri. April, 3rd - If Necessary
Game 6: Charlottetown @ Sherbrooke - Mon. April, 6th - If Necessary
Game 7: Charlottetown @ Sherbrooke - Tues. April, 7th - If Necessary
Photo: theqmjhl.ca

Photo: theqmjhl.ca

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Photo: NHL.com

Michael McCarron
Position: Right Wing
Age:
20
Height:
6’6″
Weight:
225
Draft:
1st Round (25th Overall) – 2013
Team:
Oshawa Generals (OHL)
– Record: 51-11-6 (108 Points)

Michael McCarron nearly split the season between the London Knights and the Oshawa Generals. Beginning the 2014-15 season in London where he spent his Ontario Hockey League rookie season, McCarron had a breakout season with 41 points in 25 games which was a huge increase from the 2013-14 season where he only recorded 34 points in 66 games played after being drafted by the Habs. Holding a 1.64 points per game, the Oshawa Generals acquired McCarron in January, 2015 in an attempt to add more depth and talent to their lineup with a league title in sight. Since being traded to Oshawa, his statistics dropped to 27 points in 31 games for 0.87 points per game. Despite this, 68 points in 56 total games played was still exactly double the point total from last season in ten less games played, which is a significant improvement. The Generals would go on to win the Eastern Conference regular season title, and finishing second in the league just two points behind a strong Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds side.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – OHL

Game 1: Peterborough @ Oshawa - Fri. March, 27th
Game 2: Peterborough @ Oshawa - Sun. March, 29th
Game 3: Oshawa @ Peterborough - Tues. March, 31st
Game 4: Oshawa @ Peterborough - Thurs. April, 2nd
Game 5: Peterborough @ Oshawa - Fri. April, 3rd - If Necessary
Game 6: Oshawa @ Peterborough - Sun. April, 5th - If Necessary
Game 7: Peterborough @ Oshawa - Tues. April, 7th - If Necessary
Photo: Ontariohockeyleague.com

Photo: Ontariohockeyleague.com

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Photo: NHL.com

Zach Fucale
Position: Goaltender
Age: 19
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Draft: 2nd Round (36th Overall) - 2013
Team: Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
- Record: 40-25-3 (83 Points)

 

After spending nearly three and a half seasons in Halifax, Nova Scotia – winning a QMJHL Championship and Memorial Cup, the Mooseheads sent Zach Fucale to the Quebec Remparts where he would get a chance to win his second Memorial Cup. The Remparts, being the hosts of the 2015 Memorial Cup have clinched a spot in the 4-team tournament regardless of their playoff performance. Credit where it’s due, Fucale had a solid performance in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, contributing to Canada’s gold medal win. Despite this, in the 17 games Fucale has played since being traded to Quebec he has posted career low numbers in goals against average (3.22) and save percentage (.877%). Having said that, the Memorial Cup hosts have an above average shot at taking the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title, having finished 4th among the 18 teams in the league.

First Round – QMJHL

Game 1: Cape Breton @ Quebec - Fri. March, 27th
Game 2: Cape Breton @ Quebec - Sat. March, 28th
Game 3: Quebec @ Cape Breton - Tues. March, 31st
Game 4: Quebec @ Cape Breton - Wed. April, 1st
Game 5: Quebec @ Cape Breton - Fri. April, 3rd - If Necessary
Game 6: Cape Breton @ Quebec - Sun. April, 5th - If Necessary
Game 7: Cape Breton @ Quebec - Tues. April, 7th - If Necessary
Photo: theqmjhl.ca

Photo: theqmjhl.ca

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Photo: NHL.com

Tim Bozon
Position: Left Wing
Age:
20 (Will be 21 when playoffs begin)
Height:
6’1″
Weight:
199
Draft:
3rd Round (64th Overall) – 2012
Team:
Kootenay Ice (WHL)
– Record: 37-31-4 (78 Points)

 

With 63 points in 57 games, Tim Bozon was one of four Kootenay Ice skaters this season averaging a point per game along side Sam Reinhart, Luke Philip and Jaedon Descheneau. The disciplined play of Bozon kept him out of the box significantly less than a chunk of his team only spending 19 minutes all season in the sin bin. With the Western Hockey League’s newly adopted NHL-like playoff system, Kootenay clinched the playoffs in the first of two wild card spots in a competitive Eastern Conference.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – WHL

Game 1: Kootenay @ Calgary – Fri. March, 27th
Game 2: Kootenay @ Calgary – Sun. March, 29th
Game 3: Calgary @ Kootenay – Tues. March, 31st
Game 4: Calgary @ Kootenay – Wed. April, 1st
Game 5: Kootenay @ Calgary – Fri. April, 3rd – If Necessary
Game 6: Calgary @ Kootenay – Sat. April, 4th – If Necessary
Game 7: Kootenay @ Calgary – Mon. April, 6th – If Necessary

Photo: whl.ca

Photo: whl.ca

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lernoutBrett Lernout
Position: Defenceman
Age:
19
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
203
Draft:
3rd Round (73rd Overall) – 2014
Team:
Swift Current Broncos
– Record: 34-33-5 (73 Points)

Brett Lernout, the Winnipeg-born defender had his breakout WHL season on the offensive side of things. After 22 points in 72 games last season, Lernout tallied 14 points and 28 assists for 42 points in 72 games. The Swift Current Broncos avoid a wild card position having finished third in the east division of the Eastern Conference in the Western Hockey League.  They will be taking on the Regina Pats in a Saskatchewan-rivalry match up. Lernout leads all Swift Current defenders in points as the regular season wraps up, and holds a minus-12 plus/minus rating on a club where the majority of players were on the minus side.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – WHL

Game 1: Swift Current @ Regina - Fri. March, 27th
Game 2: Swift Current @ Regina - Sat. March, 28th
Game 3: Regina @ Swift Current - Tues. March, 31st
Game 4: Regina @ Swift Current - Wed. April, 1st
Game 5: Swift Current @ Regina - Fri. April, 3rd - If Necessary
Game 6: Regina @ Swift Current - Sat. April, 4th - If Necessary
Game 7: Swift Current @ Regina - Tues. April, 7th - If Necessary

Photo: whl.ca

Photo: whl.ca

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Photo: NHL.com

Jeremy Grégoire
Position: Right Wing
Age:
19
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
190
Draft: 6th Round (176th Overall) – 2013
Team: Baie-Comeau Drakkar
– Record: 35-25-8 (78 Points)

Gregoire’s numbers this season were limited due to a hand injury causing him to play less than half of the season, but when he did play he was an impact player for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL. Only playing 32 games, Gregoire recorded 41 points placing 4th on the team in scoring, but had he played a full healthy 68-game season he would have been on pace for a team leading range of 87 points. Despite his shortened season, Gregoire was still a special teams force while tallying seven powerplay goals placing him only behind Maxime St-Cyr on the team. Assuming he can stay healthy, Gregoire will be one to keep an eye on during the playoff push for the Drakkar.

First Round – QMJHL

Game 1: Saint John @ Baie-Comeau - Fri, March, 27th
Game 2: Saint John @ Baie-Comeau - Sat, March, 28th
Game 3: Baie-Comeau @ Saint John - Tues, March, 31st
Game 4: Baie-Comeau @ Saint John - Thurs, April, 2nd
Game 5: Baie-Comeau @ Saint John - Sat. April, 4th - If Necessary
Game 6: Saint John @ Baie-Comeau - Mon. April, 6th - If Necessary
Game 7: Saint John @ Baie-Comeau - Tues. April, 7th - If Necessary

Photo: theqmjhl.ca

Photo: theqmjhl.ca

 

 

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2 Responses to Habs Prospects Eye Memorial Cup

  1. Hey Zach, Mike McCarron played 56 games, so his point total is a little better than what you stated. Love your coverage though. Thank you

    Cary March 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm Reply
    • Hey Cary,

      Thank-you very much for your feedback and the mistake is fixed! Correction much appreciated. Have a good day.

      – Zachery Ellis

      Zachery Ellis March 24, 2015 at 9:42 am Reply

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