Monday, May 28, 2012

Cataractes Take Memorial Cup, Junior Prospects, Kings-Devils and More

Michaël Bournival rend hommage à son entraîneur
Good morning Hab fans!

The Memorial Cup hosts, the Shawinigan Cataractes, are also the Memorial Cup Champions after a 2-1 overtime win against Dale Hunter's London Knights.

As a result, Habs' prospects Michael Bournival and Morgan Ellis can now stake claim to the most prestigious prize in junior hockey.

With an assist on the game winning goal, Michael Bournival vaulted into fifth in scoring with seven points in six games. Meanwhile, Morgan Ellis assisted on the first Shawinigan goal and was named the game's second star.

First-round selections Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu were also part of the tournament.

Brendan Gallagher and Patrick Holland both had strong offensive seasons in the WHL.

With all of that in mind, has this year's performance by Canadiens' prospects made you feel optimistic about the upcoming season?

Habs and Hockey News

ESPN - Holiday weekend jam: 10 finals facts - UFA Assessment: Travis Moen

La Presse - Les Cataractes champions!

La Presse - Une soirée survoltée

La Presse - Michaël Bournival rend hommage à son entraîneur

Sports Illustrated - Don’t crown the Kings prematurely

The Hockey News - 2012 NHL Stanley Cup final preview

TSN - Kings' Doughty shining with stellar playoff performances

TSN - DeBoer delivers Devils back to elite level in just one year

USA Today - How Kings, Devils stack up in five key areas

USA Today - Marty McSorley hopes Kings reverse his curse

(Photo by Sylvain Mayer / La Presse) 


Am I optimistic? Truthfully that is hard to say. The NHL is full of stories of players who had bright careers ahead of them but who ultimately failed. That's the chance you take when you are judging what a player will become when they are 17-18 years old.

Tinordi was drafted at 6'4 and he's now 6'7. Could we have predicted that he'd still grow 3 inches?

When I think of the kids coming down the pipeline I assume that Tinordi and Beaulieu will be NHlers. A guy like Gallagher will be given every shot as well but Bournival, Holland, Ellis are not exactly impact players in the respective junior leagues/teams.

Am I optimistic, Yes I guess you can say that because we have alot of depth in Hamilton next year and fi we get the right coach in place then we potentially have a number of NHL players but apart from Tinordi and Beaulieu who is going to be that impact player?

We have failed year in and year old to draft an impact forward with the exception of Pacioretty.

which of these guys do we expect to see in Hamilton next year?

@Casey Tinordi, Bournival and Ellis will all play in Hamilton while Beaulieu might play another year in St. John

Optimistic, always am in off-seaason, moreso this year, you bet.
Am very lookin forward to see how Holland, Quailer, Trunev and Gallagher stack up vs AHL competition and also to see which d-man makes biggest impact as 1st year pro; Tinordi or Pateryn?
Too bad Kristo is going back to NCAA, but could be good in long run?

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