Welcome to the first edition of Canadiens Prospects Report where we will be bringing you a monthly update on Habs prospects playing in the CHL, NCAA, USHL, and European leagues. What you can expect is a statistical summary from each player compiled with their season statistics. Excerpts on the progression of each prospect throughout the season as well as, notable quotes, lineup changes, injury status, and highlights.


Canadian Hockey League (QMJHL, OHL, WHL)

 

C Samuel Houde #88, Chicoutimi Saguenéens – QMJHL

Stats from Sept 16th to 22nd

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
2 0 2 2 0 4 0 12/21 1.00

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
2 0 2 2 0 4 0 12/21 1.00

Houde played in only two pre-season games, one on August 29th where he had one assist and the other on September 13th in which he had two points. We can expect Houde’s production to dramatically increase this year, assuming he can get his consistency issues ironed out. The Saguenéens are slated to be a top team in the QMJHL this year with some high-end talented second-year forwards.

Houde recorded two assists in Friday’s season-opening game vs Sherbrooke in which they lost 3-2 in overtime. He was held pointless and took two minor penalties in the second game of a back-to-back vs Victoriaville. 

 

LW Rafaël Harvey-Pinard #11, Chicoutimi Saguenéens – QMJHL

Stats from Sept 16th to 22nd

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
2 0 0 0 -2 0 1 0.00

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
2 0 0 0 -2 0 1 0.00

The team captain Rafaël Harvey-Pinard will be expected to lead his hometown club to the top ranks of the QMJHL and possible another Memorial Cup run for the veteran. Harvey-Pinard will be counted on to lead some 2020 NHL entry draft eligibles such as Hendrix Lapierre, Théo Rochette, and William Dufour.

RHP did not record any points in regulation through the two contests on Friday and Saturday night but he did contribute in a big way by scoring the shootout winner in a 5-4 win over Victoriaville.

 

C Cam Hillis #8, Guelph Storm – OHL

Stats from Sept 16th to 22nd

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
1 0 0 0 0 4 2 6/17 0.00

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
1 0 0 0 0 4 2 6/17 0.00

Another team captain, Cam Hillis takes the reigns after last year’s captain Isaac Ratcliffe graduated. The Storm also lost key contributors; Nick Suzuki, Alexei Toropchenko, MacKenzie Entwistle, Nate Schnarr, Sean Durzi, Dmitri Samorukov, Markus Phillips, who all turned pro and Liam Hawel who was traded to Kitchener. Hillis will be expected to be the go-to top-line center and will get plenty of much-needed ice-time after missing most of last season to multiple injuries.

Hillis played an aggressive game and at times too much which resulted in two minor penalties but overall he looked his usual self while creating a couple of great scoring chances with his passing ability. He had a great opportunity with about a minute or so left in the game to capitalize on a penalty shot but couldn’t convert.

 

LD Jacob LeGuerrier #8, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – OHL

Statistics from Sept 16th to 22nd

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG PTS/G
2 0 2 2 -1 4 6 1.00

Regular Season Statistics

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG PTS/G
2 0 2 2 -1 4 6 1.00

LeGuerrier posted two assists in the season-opening weekend a player who is not expected to put up big numbers could see a spike in production due to his usage. He should be a steady top-four defenseman for the Soo Greyhounds while being utilized on the top penalty-killing unit and secondary powerplay time. He showed good mobility and excellent use of an active stick to break down plays and oncoming rushes. At times he got caught out of position defensively and overplayed some plays.

 

C Allan McShane #61, Oshawa Generals – OHL

Stats from Sept 16th to 22nd

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
1 0 1 1 1 0 5 17/23 1.00

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
1 0 1 1 1 0 5 17/23 1.00

McShane will be counted on this year alongside Serron Noel again this year to lead the offense for the Generals. McShane only slightly increased his total points from two years ago to last year by 4 in 5 fewer games played. I think we can expect his point totals to be north of 80 this year. One of the issues at hand is consistency, I would like to see this from game to game and it’s something he provided towards the second half of last year.

McShane recorded one assist in the season opener on a no-look spin pass to the front of the net. These are the types of plays he makes on a regular basis game in and game out.

 

LW Cole Fonstad #24, Prince Albert Raiders – WHL

Stats from Sept 16th to 22nd

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
2 1 0 1 1 0 3 1/1 0.50

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
2 1 0 1 1 0 3 1/1 0.50

Fonstad will be an intriguing forward to keep an eye on throughout the season. He will be expected to the key cog in the top six and may end up being the top point-getter on the team by the end of the year. His contributions will be leaned upon on the powerplay and a creative dynamo like himself should flourish in that role.

Fonstad had his high-end playmaking abilities on display and generated some good chances playing alongside Aliaksei Protas.

 

LD Gianni Fairbrother #24, Everett Silvertips – WHL

Fairbrother was reassigned to the WHL by the Canadiens on September the 18th but is still out with an upper-body injury that he suffered at the Habs rookie camp. Once Fairbrother is ready to go you can expect him to be paired up with Ronan Seeley a 2020 NHL entry draft-eligible in the top four.

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