Holland’s Exceptional In This Week’s Prospect Update (Dec. 2-8)

Patrick Holland Photo: AllHabs.net

Patrick Holland
Photo: AllHabs.net

This week’s first star is Patrick Holland who posted four points in three games. Jacob de la Rose posted one goal and two assists in three games to earn him second star honours. Rounding out the three stars is Charles Hudon with his seven points in three games. Gabriel Dumont, Greg Pateryn, and Jarred Tinordi all had tremendous success this week. Connor Crisp continued to light the red lamp and Michael McCarron appeared to finally be adjusting to the OHL. Jack Nevins debuted as a member of Canadiens organization, while Magnus Nygren made his season debut for Farjestads BK. Mac Bennett scored for the first time this season and Tim Bozon faced his former team for the first time.

 

AHL

Following a lull earlier in the season, Nathan Beaulieu has been playing better as of late. This past week was a continuation of that trend. Beaulieu began the week against the Lake Erie Monsters. Beaulieu was fairly disappointing considering his recent play as he was unable to create offence and was awful on the penalty kill. The following game, against the Toronto Marlies, Beaulieu fared much better as he picked up a powerplay assist and was +1 on the night. Beaulieu created many offensive chances, specifically by rushing the puck up the ice. The defenceman was named third star for his efforts. The final game of the week saw another strong performance by Beaulieu. While held pointless, Beaulieu tied for the team lead in shots with five and was +2. Beaulieu has two goals and six assists in 19 games this season.

Just as Darren Dietz was adjusting to a new league, he suffered an injury which kept him out for over a month. Dietz made his return two weeks ago and this past week he made an  impact. Against the Monsters, Dietz struggled at times as he understandably looked a little out of place. However, the following game, Dietz was paired with Jarred Tinordi, where the two demonstrated a high level of chemistry. Dietz made a couple of mistakes, but for the most part played solid, responsible hockey. The final game of the week was Dietz’s best of his young professional career. Dietz grabbed his second career professional hockey assist with a nice shot from the point that created a rebound. He also won lots of puck battles and was heavily implicated in the play. Dietz has two assists and 12 PIMS in nine games to begin his professional career.

A tough season has begun to turn around for Gabriel Dumont. The gritty forward has struggled at times, but this past week he put those struggles behind him. Dumont spent most of his time on the second line with Mike Blunden and Jordan Owens. While Dumont was held shotless, he still played well–creating scoring chances and providing energy. The following game, Dumont was absolutely fantastic. Dumont was a nightmare for the Marlies to control as he fired six shots on goal and continually created scoring chances. Unfortunately, he was unable to pick up a single point despite his strong play. Luckily, Dumont’s persistence would pay off the following game. Dumont scored twice, both in tight around the crease, and added an assist. Dumont was named first star for his play. Dumont has four goals and seven assists in 23 games for Bulldogs this season.

Despite his improved play recently, Morgan Ellis found himself in a sheltered role yet again this past week. Ellis began the week on the bottom pair, where he received limited ice time. The following game, Ellis was scratched in favour of Nathan McIver. In the final game of the week, Ellis was inserted back in the lineup as the seventh defenceman. Ellis’ playing time was limited, but he did have a decent scrap with Mitchell Heard. With the return of Darren Dietz, Ellis may struggle to get ice time. Ellis has two goals and three assists in 18 games this season.

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Stefan Fournier
Photo: Barry Gray, Hamilton Spectator

It was a terrific week for rookie Stefan Fournier. Fournier returned to lineup against the Marlies after missing eight games due to a lower-body injury. Fournier made his presence felt with a tilt against super-heavyweight fighter, Brad Staubitz. Fournier played a solid game in his return from injury. The following game, Fournier would grab his first ever professional hockey goal, as he picked up a loose puck and buried it on his backhand. Just a few shifts later, Fournier would drop the gloves with Daniel Maggio, where he picked up a win in the quick tilt. Fournier has a goal, an assist and 34 penalty minutes in 11 games this season.

After missing three weeks due to injury Patrick Holland returned to the lineup two weeks ago, posting two goals in his return. Holland was looking to carry his momentum into this past week.  Holland opened the week against the Monsters, where he didn’t fare well at all because he was rather unnoticeable. The following game, Martin St. Pierre, Christian Thomas, and Patrick Holland reunited their magic from two games ago, as they were all in on the game winning goal, with Holland picking up an assist. Holland would finish the game with +1 with two shots on goal. The final game, Holland exploded for his first ever three point night as a professional hockey player. Holland picked up a pair of powerplay assists and then hammered the puck in the slot, beating the goaltender. His goal became the game-winner. Holland has four goals and five assists in 12 games this season.

While Louis Leblanc might not be given the best linemates, the Bulldogs’ second leading scorer has continually found ways to produce this season. This past week was no different as Leblanc added three points to his totals while playing on a line with Maxime Macenauer and Nick Tarnasky. Against the Monsters, Leblanc picked up a powerplay assist later in the third, although it would unfortunately not be enough to spark a comeback. Against the Marlies, Leblanc played quite well despite being held pointless. The forward was buzzing around the net and forced the Marlies defenceman into giveaways. The final game of the week, Leblanc picked up a goal with a beautiful deflection and an assist in the 6-2 victory. After struggling last year, Leblanc has seven goals and eight assists in 22 games this season.

Since having the starter spot claimed by Dustin Tokarski, Robert Mayer hasn’t spent much time in the net. To begin the week, Mayer played backup to Tokarski who let in four goals. Against the Marlies, Mayer got the call. Mayer stopped 22 of 23 shots he faced earning him a win. Mayer played while under pressure, especially in the third period, where the Marlies doubled up the Bulldogs in shots. The final game, Mayer had a very solid performance, stopping 28 of 30 shots en route to his second straight victory. Mayer has a 3-5-2 record, along with a 2.95 GAA and a 0.902 SV% in ten appearances this season.

Following a terrific game to close out the week two weeks ago, Joonas Nättinen was looking to carry his momentum into this past week.  Nättinen played on the fourth line for every game this week, where he’s spent the season. Against the Monsters, Nättinen was very quiet. While he provided his usual defensive ability, he was unable to create offence, limiting his impact on the game. The following game, Nättinen was unnoticeable yet again and fired zero shots on goal. In the final game, the Bulldogs only dressed 12 forwards, which meant the lines were going to get shuffled. Nättinen ended up with more skilled linemates, where he picked up a secondary assist on Patrick Holland’s goal. Nättinen currently has three goals and four assists in 23 games this season.

It was undoubtedly another fantastic week for Greg Pateryn. The defenceman was paired with Jarred Tinordi against the Monsters. While the Bulldogs struggled, Pateryn played quite well. He grabbed an assist late in the game, surpassing his career high of five set last season in 23 less games. Pateryn was reunited with Nathan Beaulieu the following game. Pateryn had another solid game, finishing +1 and played solid defensive minus a handful of sloppy plays with the puck. In the final game of the week, Pateryn was on the ice for three of the Bulldogs six goals and registered an assist on Stefan Fournier’s first career professional goal. Pateryn has four goals and seven assists (career-high) in 18 games this season.

Of all the Canadiens’ professional prospects, Christian Thomas is arguably the hottest of them all with eight points in six games coming into this past week. This week was a difficult one for Thomas, but not because he played poorly. Thomas played on the top line, with Patrick Holland and Martin St. Pierre, where he finished -1 with three shots on goal. The following game, Thomas picked up an assist with a highlight reel behind the back pass from the corner to St. Pierre. The goal would become the eventual game-winner. Unfortunately, Thomas’ week would be cut short as he could be scratched in the final game due to injury.

Lately, Jarred Tinordi has been finding more consistency in his game. Against the Monsters, Tinordi was not on the ice for any of the Monsters’ four goals. Tinordi did have his struggles though, as he struggled with puck control. Against the Marlies, Tinordi played his best game of the week. Tinordi was very punishing and terrific along the boards. His ability to keep the Marlies forwards at bay was key for the Bulldogs’ victory. The following game, Tinordi played another good game. He limited his mistakes, but at the same time wasn’t afraid to make things happen offensively. Tinordi has three assists, a +3 rating, and 25 PIMS in 20 games this season.

After starting six of the last seven games coming into this past week, Dustin Tokarski lost his starters job. His first and only appearance of the week was not a particularly memorable one. Tokarski faced 29 shots, but allowed four goals. While the Bulldogs made their fair share of mistakes, Tokarski wasn’t much better. In the following two games, Tokarski was benched in favour of Robert Mayer. Despite his struggles this week, Tokarski has a 9-5-1 record along with a 2.18 GAA and a 0.926 SV%, both of which are top seven in the AHL.

 

OHL

Connor Crisp Photo: Terry Wilson, OHL Images

Connor Crisp
Photo: Terry Wilson, OHL Images

Coming into this past week, there wasn’t a hotter goal scorer than Connor Crisp in the Canadiens’ organization. Crisp came into the week with six goals in last six games and this week he continued that trend. He has spent time on the Wolves’ top line lately, with Nicholas Baptiste and Mathew Campagna. Against the Sting, Crisp picked up two goals with Trevor Timmins in attendance, including a beautiful snipe to tie the game at two. The Wolves would go on to win 7-6 in overtime. The following game, Crisp scored yet again, extending his goal-scoring streak to five games, and also added an assist, his first in 19 games. Crisp is on fire, with nine goals and an assist in his past eight games. Crisp currently has 15 goals and nine assists in 30 games on the season.

While this season has been tough thus far for OHL rookie Michael McCarron, he took a massive step in the right direction this past week. The 6’6″ power forward opened the week against the Greyhounds, where he struggled at the beginning, but managed to grab an assist as he started a pretty passing play. As the game wore on, McCarron started driving the net more and using his size. McCarron continued his strong play the following game, where he picked up a goal after pick pocketing the goaltender and then deflecting the puck off the defender into the net. The goal was a lucky break for McCarron, who has been on the wrong end of the bounces this season. Against the Attack, in the final game of the week, McCarron played one of his most memorable games in the OHL. With a powerforward move, McCarron bulldozed his way to the net and created a rebound, which Kyle Platzer buried, giving McCarron his third point of the week. McCarron also racked up eight penalty minutes and was booted from the game after he took on two Attack players in a scrum. McCarron has four points in his last five games, but has just four goals and eight assists in 24 games this season.

Last week, the Spitfires sent Kerby Rychel (their leading scorer) and Nick Ebert (top pairing defenceman) to the Storm, leaving Brady Vail with massive shoes to fill. The centreman was up to the task as he scored twice in the three games this past week. In the Spitfires first game since the trade, they exploded for five goals, but Vail would be held off the scoresheet. The following night, against Michael McCarron and the rival Knights, Vail ripped a slapshot past the goaltender late in the third, sending the game to overtime, where the Spitfires fell 5-4. The following night, Vail scored yet again, opening the scoring. The Spitfires would go on to win the game 2-1 with the go-ahead goal coming with just 12 seconds remaining.

 

QMJHL

Goaltender Zachary Fucale started all three of the Halifax Mooseheads’ games this past week. Against the Tigers, Fucale faced a meagar 17 shots, stopping 16 of them. The Mooseheads poured 46 shots on the Tigers and managed to pick up a 4-1 win, snapping their losing skid at two games. The following game, Fucale was only able to stop 22 of the 25 shots he faced, but the game headed to a shootout. Fucale allowed just one goal in the shootout, marking just the second time he’s been beat on 16 shots this year, but it was unfortunately the winner. After picking up a loss, the calm netminder would post a stellar 22 save performance against the Islanders, allowing just one goal. Fucale has a stellar 19-7-0-1 record this season, along with a 0.902 SV% and a 2.51 GAA.

After tearing up the QMJHL out of the gate, Jérémy Grégoire has struggled to produce recently. Grégoire appeared in just two games this past week, with the first one against Charles Hudon and his former team, the Chicoutimi Saguéneens. While Hudon stole the show, it would be Grégoire who would get the last laugh as he broke the 3-3 deadlock with less than eight minutes remaining in the third. The snipe from the slot would be the game-winner. Against the Voltigeurs, Grégoire had a strong game. While held pointless, Grégoire continually created scoring chances by going hard to the net. Grégoire has 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 29 games this season, along with 48 penalty minutes.

Charles Hudon Photo: Thepipelineshow.blogspot.ca

Charles Hudon
Photo: Thepipelineshow.blogspot.ca

After struggling earlier in the season, Charles Hudon appears to have finally found his game again. Hudon opened the week against Jérémy Grégoire and the Drakkar and Hudon stole the show with an absolutely brilliant performance. Hudon opened the scoring with a perfectly placed wrist shot from the hash marks. Later on, he grabbed an assist on the powerplay and then scored his second of the night with a very creative wraparound goal. Hudon would be named first star of the game. Against the Voltigeurs, Hudon grabbed another assist with as his shot was deflected, but finished -1 and with four penalty minutes. Against the Cataractes, Hudon would post his second three point night in his last three games. Hudon would grab two points from slapshots from the point, a goal and an assist. His second assist was a creative cross ice flip pass. Hudon has 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points in 32 games this season. The winger will head to the Canadian evaluation camp for the U20s.

The most recent addition to the Canadiens’ prospect pool, Jack Nevins, made his debut as a Canadiens prospect this past week. Unfortunately, it was a less than stellar week for the gritty forward. Nevins began the week against the Titans, where he picked up an assist in the second period. Nevins looked behind the play at times, but always finished his checks. The following game was similar to the previous game as Nevins grabbed an assist, but was largely ineffective in the 6-3 loss against the Remparts. Nevins played his best game of the week, despite being held pointless. Nevins fired five shots on goal and made a continual impact with his body. Nevins has been held goalless for nine straight games now, but still sits second in Islanders scoring, with 11 goals and 21 assists in 33 games this season.

 

WHL

While it certainly wasn’t a good week for Tim Bozon, it would be one of the most memorable ones for the sniper. Bozon would be held pointless against the Royals and the Ice would be shutout 3-0. The following game, against Dalton Thrower and the Giants was yet another tough one for the Ice. They lost by a score of 3-2 and Bozon was held pointless and forced into a fight. Why the week was so memorable for Bozon was because he returned to Kamloops, to take on his former team, the Blazers for the first time. Bozon would pick up two goals and two assists in a 7-3 rout. Both of Bozon’s goals were terrific shots, beating the goaltender short side. Bozon and the Ice then took on the Rockets, where Bozon was pointless and -1 for the third time in the week. Bozon has nine goals and 17 assists in 33 games this season.

Dalton Thrower has been tremendous this season, but this past week was a tough one for the overage defenceman. Against the Rockets, Thrower was -3 for the first time this season, on the ice for all but one goal scored by the Rockets. The following game, Thrower struggled at times, but it luckily did not cost his team. Two nights later, the Giants began a two game series against the Royals. The first of which saw Thrower pick up two assists in a 4-2 loss. The following game, the Giants and Thrower were looking to pull a win out against the Royals. Thrower had a tremendous performance, grabbing a goal with a point shot and instrumental in another goal. Thrower ran into penalty trouble late in the game, but it would not cost the Giants as they won 7-4. Thrower has 10 goals and 17 assists in 27 games this season.

 

NCAA

Last update, Mac Bennett tallied an assist and was +3 in a win over Ohio State. This update, Bennett appeared in just one game, but he made his presence felt. Against Ohio State, Bennett scored his first goal of the season and was +3. Bennett’s goal could’ve not come at a better time as he crept down the wing and one timed the puck in the back of the net, giving Michigan a 5-4 with under two minutes remaining. The senior defenceman has one goal and four assists in 13 games this season.

After having no scheduled games last update, Josiah Didier and the Denver University Pioneers were back in action this past week. They got off to a great start, as Didier finished +2 with an assist on the opening goal, helping the Pioneers extend their unbeaten streak to seven games. Unfortunately, neither would fare quite as well in the second game against Miami University. Didier would take a tripping penalty and Miami would score on the ensuing powerplay, turning out to be the game-winning goal. Didier has three assists in 14 games this season, all three assists coming in his last six games.

Mark MacMillan finally returned to the University of North Dakota’s lineup this week, after missing three weeks. MacMillan has struggled all season and the injury only made things worse. MacMillan headed to Western Michigan University, where he centred the third line consisting of Michael Parks and Brendan O’Donnell. North Dakota would pull out a 3-2 victory, but MacMillan would be held pointless. North Dakota would take game two of the series, by a score of 3-2. MacMillan would be held pointless for the ninth time this season and had just one shot on goal. MacMillan has just two goals and two assists in 12 games in his junior year.

 

EUROPE

Sebastian Collberg missed all but one game this week due to injury. The only game he appeared in was against MODO Hockey. Collberg played on the fourth line, where he picked up just a single shot and registered just nine minutes of ice time. Collberg has just one goal and four points in 23 SHL games this season.

While Collberg is struggling, Jacob de la Rose is surging. The power forward had an absolutely tremendous week, posting three points in three games. The first game that he played was his worst performance of the week, as he had just one shot on goal was held pointless. The following game, against MODO Hockey, de la Rose opened the scoring with a nice one timer on the penalty kill. Later in the game, de la Rose blew past a defender to create an odd man rush and then made a nice pass to Jens Jakobs, who buried the puck. De la Rose also registered a game-high five hits in just 13:23 of ice time. The following game, de la Rose would score again and fire three shots on net. De la Rose has five goals and five assists in 29 games this season for Leksands IF.

While Artturi Lehkonen hasn’t been the beneficiary of many bounces this season, last week that appeared to change. While Lehkonen wasn’t as productive this past week, he still played quite well. Lehkonen was held pointless against HPK in a 2-1 loss. The following game, Lehkonen tallied his fourth point in five games with an assist in a 3-2 victory. The finish the week, KalPa faced HIFK, where Lehkonen was pointless, but +1 in a 6-1 defeat. Lehkonen leads his team in scoring with five goals and 12 assists in 30 games this season.

Magnus Nygren Photo: dobbersports.com

Magnus Nygren
Photo: dobbersports.com

Magnus Nygren made his season debut with Farjestads BK after being loaned back to Sweden. The defenceman would be -3, but scored a nice goal with a slapshot. Nygren certainly wasn’t sheltered in his debut, as he played 20:09 of ice time, third most on his team. The following game, Nygren would score yet again in the 6-3 victory over MODO Hockey. Nygren registered a game-high 21:19 in just his second game in his return. Nygren had eight points in 16 games with the Bulldogs, before heading back to Farjestads where he has two goals in just two games.

 

 

 

 

NOT IN ACTION

AHL

Sven Andrighetto (lower-body injury – listed 1-2 weeks [out since November 15])

Steve Quailer (lower-body injury – listed 1-2 weeks [out since November 29])

QMJHL

Martin Reway (wrist injury [out since December 1])

 

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