Tim Bozon and the Kamloops Blazers continue to do well in the WHL. Bozon is currently in 7th place overall in league scoring. Dalton Thrower is living up to his reputation of being a rugged defenceman with Saskatoon and has 62 penalty minutes in just 33 games.
Over in the QMJHL, Charles Hudon continues to impress and exceed expectations after being drafted in the 5th round. Despite missing the World Juniors in Russia this year with back issues, Hudon is making a name for himself in the Q.
Brady Vail is having a tough season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL who are sitting in second to last place in their conference. Vail is -13 on the season and has only 14 goals in 48 games.
Over in the Swedish Elite League, Canadiens’ second rounder Sebastian Collberg is getting a little more ice-time with Frolunda after bringing home silver at the WJC. Collberg has scored 5 goals since returning from Russia.
Tim Bozon – LW 49gp, 29g, 37a, 66pts, +25, 42pim
Dalton Thrower – D 33gp, 4g, 13a, 17pts, +14, 62pim
Charles Hudon – LW 39gp, 25g, 27a, 52 pts, +14, 50pim
Sebastian Collberg – RW 24gp, 5g, 3a, 8pts, +2, 4pim
Brady Vail – C 48gp, 14g, 25a, 39pts, -13, 28pim
Not a great season down on the farm as the Bulldogs are in last place in the league. A tough season was expected with so many rookies entering the lineup and a change in coaching staff, but maybe not as poor as it is to now. Discipline has been a big issue and throw in a lot of bad luck as well. Aaron Palushaj is out for another month with a broken collarbone and it’s still uncertain whether Blake Geoffrion will ever play hockey again after suffering a fractured skull in a game at the Bell Centre. Louis Leblanc has dropped of the radar since suffering a high ankle sprain and his production has been literally nothing since returning to the lineup. And so much so that the Canadiens didn’t even extend him an invitation to training camp when the lockout was finally over.
On a more positive view of Hamilton, Brendan Gallagher has made the jump to the NHL from in his rookie season in the AHL and looks like he may very well be a permanent fixture in the Canadiens roster. Jarred Tinordi is getting better with every game and is carrying over his reputation as a solid stay-at-home defenceman. Despite being last in the league Jarred is only a -3 on the season
Some notables stats from Hamilton:
Gabriel Dumont – C 39gp, 13g, 11a, 24pts, +5, 48pim
Michael Bournival – C 37gp, 3g, 10a, 13pts, -4, 18pim
Nathan Beaulieu – D 40gp, 2g, 11a, 13pts, -11, 35pim
Patrick Holland – RW 39gp, 5g, 6a, 11pts, -10, 2pim
Aaron Palushaj – RW 21gp, 7g, 3a, 10pts, -9, 18pim
Louis Leblanc – RW 27gp, 4g, 2a, 6pts, -4, 21pim
Jarred Tinordi – D 39gp, 1g, 4a, 5pts, -3, 44pim (129)