Now that the World Juniors have come and gone, the Canadiens prospects in the NCAA are gearing up for the final push to help their teams gain ground in the standings and prepare for the road to the conference championships and eventually a berth into the Frozen Four Tournament.


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

 

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

Coming back from an underwhelming tournament for the US at the world juniors; Cole Caufield joined his teammates back at Wisconsin. The first part of his season went well except for a long stretch where almost every shot he took hit the post. He continued to shoot and shoot often which lead to his first career NCAA hat trick on January 24th vs. Notre Dame. They were all prototypical Caufield goals and it seems he’s gotten his sniper swagger back. He’s trending upwards while his team is trending downwards. One of the few bright spots of a forgettable season for the Badgers.

Stats from Jan 10th to Jan 30th

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
7426+12190.86

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
27181230-54981.11

 

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

Jack Gorniak had a rough month being scratched more often than suiting up. He’s had a rough season at Wisconsin, as well as the team as a whole has taken a step back. Gorniak still brings some notable qualities in his penalty-killing prowess and blazing speed but his progression has stagnated.

Stats from Jan 10th to Jan 31st

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
3000-2040.00

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
19213-86260.16

 

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

Every month we come back to the same conclusion; Jordan Harris is really good. Well, January was no different after he came back from the World Juniors, Harris is on a steep incline as he continues to be an important member of the Northeastern Huskies backend logging heavy minutes on a nightly basis. The steady progression has finally caught the eyes of many for his exquisite puck-moving abilities and smooth skating. Offensively he’s been a lot more active and given top powerplay minutes.

Stats from Jan 6th to Jan 31st

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
4033+1640.75

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
2431417+318330.71

 

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

Struble had a productive month and continues to earn his time on ice. Coach Madigan uses Struble quite a bit on the penalty kill because of his net-front presence but the kid has shown he can perform well in the offensive zone recording his first multi-point game on January 11th vs. New Hampshire where he scored 1 goal and added 2 assists.

Stats from Jan 3rd to Jan 31st

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
5145+16111.00

Regular Season Stats 

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGPTS/GP
213710-236320.48

 

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

Stapley had one of the most productive months for any Canadiens prospect recording 10 points in 9 games a key contributor for the Pioneers. What is most impressive about his point production is that 8 of his 9 assists were primary assists. He was very involved in his team’s success in January which posted a 6-1-2 record. Stapley continues to show his worth as a multidimensional player and could be another 7th rounder playing himself towards a pro contract in the future.

Stats from Jan 3rd to Jan 31st

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
91910919191.11

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
27417211239680.78

 

United States Hockey League

LW Rhett Pitlick #9, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Since the trade from Omaha to Muskegon Pitlick has turned his game up a couple of notches and is now producing at a 1.15 points/game clip almost doubling his output from earlier in the year. The 2019 5th round pick was tabbed as a potential steal by many scouts and it’s sure looking like it right now.

Stats from January 3rd to Jan 31st

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
1041014+76211.40

Regular Season Stats

GPGAPTS+/-PIMSOGFOPTS/GP
36122234812700.94

Posted by Costa Rontzocos

Scout NCAA, CHL and AHL prospects on my free time