April 5, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) in the face off circle against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Canadiens 2-1 in the shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Habs Playing Elsewhere Breakdown: Week 1


An NHL lockout is before us and the Canadian Junior leagues and European Proffessional leagues are starting their seasons. With that in mind I’m preparing a regular breakdown on how every significant player in the Habs organization is doing in their respective league by scoring. In addition to regular goals and assists I’m including a calculation based off of established conversion of scoring statistics from these leagues to the NHL (NHLE) based on the work of Gabe Desjardins (of Behind the Net, Arctic Ice Hockey) and Bruce Peters (of HEOTP, PuckWorlds) to give some idea of how well these players are performing.

European Professionals

Goals

Points

Games

GPG

PPG

NHLE GPG

NHLE PPG

Plekanec

1

4

2

0.50

2.00

15.58

62.32

Engqvist

0

4

7

0.00

0.57

0.00

30.46

Trunev

2

3

5

0.40

0.60

21.32

31.98

Collberg

0

1

5

0.00

0.20

0.00

8.04

Pribyl

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kaberle

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Emelin

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Diaz

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Weber

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Nygren

0

0

3

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

The major European leagues vary in quality from the best in the KHL which is easily the second strongest league in the world after the NHL and has a conversion factor of .65, to the Swedish Eliteserin which is about on par with the AHL (.49 NHLE) to the slightly below AHL level like the Finnish, Czech(.38) and Swiss (.39) leagues with the various other national circuits being even lower in quality.

The season is just getting started so these numbers don’t particularly mean anything yet and many of the NHLers who signed European deals haven’t even played a game for their teams yet. Notably, Plekanec has 4 points in 2 games and is producing at exactly the pace you’d expect from a player of his quality in the poor quality Czech league. Engqvist and Trunev are having decent starts in the KHL. Neither are likely to be NHL quality players (and Trunev has shown very little indication that he wants to come to North America) but they will be something to look at this season to see how they do in the KHL.

What might be the biggest news is that Collberg finally got moved up from playing as a 13th forward for Frolunda in the SEL to playing on the first line mid-game. He promptly got an assist and two shots on goals, his first SEL point with just 8 minutes of ice time. Collburg is a real talented player who dominates his peer group but has been trapped behind the deep veteran forward group of Frolunda. He could really shine if he gets a real opportunity though.

Canadian Junior

Goals

Points

Games

GPG

PPG

NHLE GPG

NHLE PPG

Galchenyuk

0

1

1

0.00

1.00

0.00

24.60

Bozon

3

3

1

3.00

3.00

73.80

73.80

Hudon

0

2

1

0.00

2.00

0.00

49.20

Archambault

1

1

1

1.00

1.00

24.60

24.60

Vail

0

0

1

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Thrower

0

0

1

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Dietz

0

0

1

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Opening night for CHL players was this weekend and all the junior players have a single game. Galchenyuk had a solid outing for Sarnia but only got a single assist. Bozon lead the way with a hat-trick which you can see here. Bozon’s first two were the same, open on the far side of the offensive zone his team-mate found him with a pass that he shot in easily. His final goal, the OT winner, is a beautiful must see was he won the game on a singular effort in getting the puck, carrying it through traffic and then scoring.

Otherwise fairly typical outings by players that are the stars of their respective teams. Going forward we’re probably expecting a junior superstar level perfomance from of 1.5-2.0 points per game and for the other forwards to be above a point per game with Bozon and Hudon pretty good bets to be in 1.2-1.5 PPG range.

 

Updates will include AHL and American College stats as soon as their season starts.

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