December was a limited month as most teams were on break for the holidays as the World Juniors tournament took center stage. Though before kicking off the second half there was still meaningful college hockey that was played.


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

 

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

While there were not many games in the month of December, only 3 to be exact, Caufield did not stop playing hockey once the NCAA went on break. He made the final roster for the US National Junior team and flew to the Czech Republic where he and linemate Alex Turcotte were set to bring a gold medal home. Unfortunately for Caufield and the Americans they did not reach the medal round. Caufield finished the tournament with 1 goal and 1 assist in 5 games. He now rejoins his college teammates as they get on track to try and win a potential conference title.

Stats from Dec 1st to Dec 7th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
3300-30181.00

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
2013922-24861.10

 

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

With limited games, there isn’t much to talk about regarding Jack Gorniak. He did, however, assist on one of Cole Caufield’s goals of the month with a feed in the slot. Gorniak will have to show more offense in order to keep his spot in the lineup.

Stats from Dec 1st to Dec 7th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
2011-1020.33

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
15112-64200.13

 

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

Harris might be having the best progression on a month to month basis by any Habs prospect in North America. In his two games in December, he recorded 2 assists, both coming in the same game vs. Dartmouth. Once the 2019 scheduled season ended he made his way to the Czech Republic and joined Canadiens’ prospect, Cole Caufield, on the US roster. At the World Juniors, Harris played on the right side on a top-four pairing with Sabers 2nd round pick Mattias Samuelsson. He performed quite well in the short tournament and was able to chip in offensively scoring a goal against Germany.

Stats from Dec 7th to Dec 14th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
20220031.00

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
2031215+312300.75

 

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

Struble only played one game in December and it was against BU. He continues to improve game by game finishing with an assist and four shots on goal in the contest. He seemed to pick up a minor injury missing the last game before the break but is healthy and playing in top form of recent.

Stats from Dec 7th to Dec 14th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
1011-1041.00

Regular Season Stats 

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
17369230270.53

 

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

Stapley has been a great revelation since being drafted in the 7th round in 2018. As previously mentioned before, he isn’t going to burn you offensively with killer instincts or speed but he is an efficient point producer who has become a fixture on the powerplay. His lone point in December was a feed on the powerplay that lead to a goal but it was his vision and passing abilities that made it go right. 

Stats from Dec 6th to Dec 14th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
4011161255%0.25

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
21413178246053%0.81

 

United States Hockey League

 

LW Rhett Pitlick #9, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Muskegon is absolutely in love with Pitlick as he continues to show why he was worth the package price. He has turned up the pace and now has collected 12 points in 11 games since the trade. He continues to prove his worth with his blazing speed and high-end skills and is being used in all situations. The team chemistry and trust he has gained has resulted in his name being more involved on the score sheet.

Stats from Dec 27th to Dec 31st

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
3123+2251.00

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
2871323712500.82

Posted by Costa Rontzocos

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