The heavily scrutinized Alex Galchenyuk gave his supporters something to crow about tonight. The 3rd overall pick managed to get 2 goals and 3 points in a 5-2 victory by Sarnia over Windsor. As seems to be universially the case for number 94, a fair number of people that see him play think he’d get significantly more points if his line-mates could regularly convert his slick feeds into the slot to goals. Galchenyuk’s own accuracy problems in turning his own self generated scoring chances into numbers on a scoreboard are also seen as a factor.
Tonight brings Galchenyuk to 18 points in 13 games. As many were quick to point out, this leaves him only 3 points behind the OHL scoring leader, Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele and at a respectable 1.4 points per game.
94 was facing fellow 2012 Habs draft pick Brady Vail, who had a rare scoreless night and a similarly rare failure to shutdown his opponent as Galchenyuk’s line scored against him twice leading to a -2 for the two-way pivot. Vail can consol himself with being almost equal to the 1st rounder in the OHL scoring race with 16 points in 14 games (1.14 ppg).
In the QMJHL, Charles Hudon remains in the scoring race with 16 points in 11 games (1.45 ppg) despite missing time due to a minor concussion. The LW is expected to return to the ice fairly soon. 19 year old Archambault remains mired beneath a point per game with 13 in 14 games, not exactly an encouraging sign for a scoring winger prospect that has historically failed to live up to his billing.
In WHL action, Philip Bozon’s line continues to rain unholy terror upon a league helpless to stop them. The combined strength of Bozon-Lipon-Smith has resulted in 33 goals in 13 games (2.54 goals per game). This is a better rate than the entire Kootenay Ice hockey club that has only mustered 29 reddened lamps in 12 contests. Bozon leads Habs prospects with a 1.61 points per game average, with the caveat that none of his competitors have such dominant linemates.
Finally comes the two defensemen patroling the blueline of the collapsing Saskatoon Blades (so sorry Bruce, maybe they’ll fire that coach). Thanks two some outrageous single games including a 4 point night, Darren Dietz finds himself with nine points in fourteen games, 13th in the WHL (3rd in goals) and tops amoung Saskatoon defensemen. Dalton Thrower is having a far more miserable season, 3 points in 10 games and benchings due to reported clashes with the head coach. It might be a sign of leadership from the young man if he’s standing against a coach that appears to have his club in disarray under the specter of a Memorial Cup hosting date at the end of this season. Thrower does have the distinction of being at +/- 0 on a team in the minus (Dietz is -8 after being present for some disastrous blowouts earlier in the season.) Star prospects Lukas Sutter (3 points, -10) and Duncan Siemens (2 points, -9) are having similar difficulties.