October was a great month for Canadiens prospects in North America and November didn’t disappoint for some. There was certainly change and a lot of progress was made leading into the month of December. Some of these kids are trying to impress scouts and management linked to the World Juniors which has quickly crept up on everyone.


National Collegiate Athletic Association (Big Ten, Hockey East, NCHC)

RW Cole Caufield #8, Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten)

November was a tougher month for Caufield, at least relating to the standards he set in October. He only scored once while firing 30 shots on goal, whereas he netted 8 goals on 31 shots in October. While this has not turned out to be a bad month but maybe a little unlucky as he’s hit the post a ton and multiple times a game. Furthermore, the Badgers overall had a poor month only winning 4 out of 9 games and lacked production from some of their leaders. The month of December will have to be better as a couple of Badgers are being looked at regarding the World Juniors and Cole Caufield will be part of a stacked forward group for team USA.

Stats from Nov 1st to Nov 30th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
8167-1030100%0.87

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
1710818-52671.06

 

LW Jack Gorniak #11, Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten)

Jack Gorniak doesn’t show much on the stat sheet and that’s fine. He’s been solid as a defensive specialist all season and managed to add a goal on November 1st vs Penn State. Lately, Gorniak has been in and out of the lineup playing primarily on the 3rd and 4th lines for much of the season. Nothing other in terms of stats but he continues to be a reliable player for Tony Granato but hasn’t shown enough offensively to earn himself more ice time.

Stats from Nov 1st to Nov 22nd

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
5101-1270.20

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
13101-741950%0.08

 

LD Jordan Harris #2, Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East)

He gets better and better every time he hits the ice. He progressed so well in October, and November was just as good of a month for Harris. He added some points this month as the Huskies continue to be one of the better teams in the Hockey East conference. It also helps that his defense partners have been reliable with him as they feed off each other’s game. On a side note, he is also among the defenders’ Team USA is looking at for the 2020 World Juniors and if his play the last couple of months indicates anything, he has a good chance at cracking the starting six on that backend.

Stats from Nov 1st to Nov 30th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
1015604150.60

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
163811+210250.69

 

LD Jayden Struble #3, Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East)

Struble has been just tremendous. Ever since he returned from an injury that sidelined him for the first couple of games he has looked very much like what coach Madigan and the Huskies thought he would look like. He’s been very aggressive and has dished out some solid hits defending off the rush. While still adjusting without the puck he has made some great plays with it, resulting in his first NCAA goal against Maine back on November 23rd. Northeastern could really use his numerous set of skills to give them an edge versus tougher opponents. Great progress for the 2nd round pick thus far in his freshman college season.

Stats from Nov 1st to Nov 30th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
10224-128150.40

Regular Season Stats 

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
13224-328170.31

 

C/RW Brett Stapley #7, Denver Pioneers (NCHC)

Stapley continues to be an effective swiss-army knife for Denver. Not much change in points per game production from October to November but he’s currently on pace to surpass his 2018-19 point totals. He’s also displaying his excellent vision, playmaking and puck skills on almost every point. There continues to be some inconsistencies within his game which leads to some undisciplined penalties but offensively he’s been really effective.

Stats from Nov 1st to Nov 23rd

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
82460102549%0.75

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
143710+3163849%0.71

 

United States Hockey League

LW Rhett Pitlick #9, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Pitlick was traded last week from Omaha to Muskegon in a massive deal that looks like it could benefit Pitlick in the long run who will be playing with offensive dynamo 2020 draft-eligible Daniil Gushchin. He continues to be a key player no matter where he plays and Muskegon’s management will be pleased with his contributions in the top six. Nothing will change in terms of his playing style but he should end up with more responsibilities and a spike in production as the key piece of this trade. Pitlick was named to USA’s World Junior A Challenge roster and will be part of that tournament which will run from December 7th to 15th, details can be found here: 21 players to represent the U.S. at 2019 World Junior A Challenge

Stats from Nov 1st to Nov 30th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
10369-14160.90

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
205914-24340.70

Posted by Costa Rontzocos

Scout NCAA, CHL and AHL prospects on my free time