MONTREAL - A few Canadiens prospects have stood out recently.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Stapley is tied for second in team scoring with 19 points (4G, 15A) in 23 games this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.