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Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, Brett Stapley, and Rhett Pitlick continue to impress in their respective leagues

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - A few Canadiens prospects have stood out recently.

Rafaël Harvey-Pinard

Twenty-one-year-old Rafaël Harvey-Pinard had a good weekend. On Friday, he scored the game-winner in the Chicoutimi Sagueneens' 7-4 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes at the Centre Georges-Vezina.

Tweet from @SagueneensLHJMQ: ET LE BUUUT!!!🚨🚨🚨CAPI!Rafa��l HARVEY-PINAAAAAAARD! Le #11 pousse la rondelle dans le dos du gardien et compte! C'est 5-1 #Sags! #FierDetreSags

Two nights later, the Sagueneens captain enjoyed a three-point night in Chicoutimi's 6-3 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on the road. The Canadiens' seventh-round pick (201st overall) in 2019 scored two goals - including a shorthanded tally - and added an assist on Sunday in Baie-Comeau, earning the first star nod for his efforts.

Tweet from @SagueneensLHJMQ: VICTOIRE! Les Sags l'emportent 6-3 contre le Drakkar �� Baie-Comeau! Soir��e de trois points pour l'espoir du @CanadiensMTL Rafa��l Harvey-Pinard! Prochain match : 22 janvier contre le Drakkar au CGV �� compter de 19h30! #FierDetreSags

With four points in his last two games, the Saguenay native has kept pace with the newly-acquired Raphël Lavoie as Chicoutimi's top point-getter with 53 apiece (25G, 28A for Harvey-Pinard; 22G, 31A for Lavoie).

Of Harvey-Pinard's 25 goals this season, five of them have been game-winners, which puts him in a tie for second-most in the QMJHL. His nine power play tallies are tied for third-most in the league.

Brett Stapley

Brett Stapley is red-hot right now. The University of Denver Pioneers center is currently riding a five-game points streak, with one goal and seven assists in that span.

In his most recent outing, Stapley earned the helper on Bobby Brink's late-game equalizer at Omaha on Saturday. It was the North Vancouver native's 15th assist of the season.

Tweet from @DU_Hockey: BOBBY BRINK!!!!! 2-2 GAME WITH 13.8 LEFT! #PioneerTogether

The Canadiens' seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2018 enjoyed a three-point weekend against St. Cloud State the week before. He scored Denver's sixth goal in a 6-3 win over the Huskies, registering a game-high seven shots and winning eight of his 12 draws, on January 10. The next night, he picked up a pair of assists and finished with a plus-2 differential in Denver's 5-3 win over Ryan Poehling's twin brothers, Jack and Nick, and St. Cloud State.

Tweet from @DU_Hockey: Point streaks heading into the weekend...Brink - 5 games (2-4-6)Mitchell - 4 games (1-5-6)Stapley - 3 games (1-5-6)

Stapley is tied for second in team scoring with 19 points (4G, 15A) in 23 games this season.

Rhett Pitlick

Rhett Pitlick has continued to produce for the Muskegon Lumberjacks at a point-per-game pace. After putting up nine points in his first eight games following his trade from the Omaha Lancers on November 26, the 18-year-old has recorded six in his past five with his new squad.


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The Canadiens' fifth-round pick (131st overall) in 2019 enjoyed a five-game scoring streak from January 4-17, in which he notched three goals and added five assists for eight points.

Tweet from @MuskegonJacks: Rhett Pitlick scores Lumberjacks' lone goal, hot streak comes to halt in road loss to Green Bay.

On January 11, Pitlick recorded three points (1G, 2A) in Muskegon's 7-2 win over the Madison Capitols at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena.

Tweet from @MuskegonJacks: Seven Lumberjacks have hit 20 points or more this season to lead the way: Gushchin (28), Pitlick (23), Fillion (22), Gaffney (22), Berg (21), MacDonald (20), and Wendt (20). The Lumberjacks are back at it this weekend at home! #GETJACKD

Pitlick now has 14 points (5G, 9A) in 13 games since being traded. The Coral Springs, FL native has amassed 25 points (9G, 16A) this season with Muskegon and Omaha, which ranks him second on the Lumberjacks.

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