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Junior Hopefuls

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - The regular season has come to an end for several Canadiens prospects currently playing in the Canadian Hockey League.

Before the playoffs get underway, here’s a short recap detailing how each of them fared during the 2012-2013 season.

Olivier Archambault – Drumondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

Despite missing several games in the middle of the year with a groin injury, Olivier Archambault still managed to collect 66 points in 64 games. He tallied a career-high 32 goals during the regular season, finishing 23rd in the QMJHL in that category. The Voltigeurs finished ninth in the league and qualified for postseason play.

Charles Hudon – Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)

The left-winger enjoyed a career-year during the 2012-2013 season, registering 30 goals and 41 assists in just 56 games. Hudon finished the season leading the Saguenéens in goals, points and plus/minus differential. He also recorded three four-point games. Hudon’s performance earned him an invite to participate in the World Junior Hockey Championships with Team Canada, but he was unable to play after sustaining a lower-back injury. The Saguenéens finished the season in 12th spot and will go up against the Remparts in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs.

Darren Dietz – Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

The Alberta native continued to progress with the Blades during the 2012-13 season, registering 58 points, including 24 goals in 72 games. His goal-tally was tops amongst defensemen in the WHL. He also finished third in points amongst all blueliners. Regardless of how the Blades fare in the WHL playoffs, Dietz will participate in the Memorial Cup come spring as Saskatoon plays host to the tournament.

Dalton Thrower – Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

In a season in which he was used in a more defensive role, rearguard Dalton Thrower still managed to make important offensive contributions for the Saskatoon Blades, posting six goals and 21 assists in 54 games. A second round selection of the Canadiens in 2012, the North Vancouver native amassed a repsectable plus-18 differential. Like Dietz, Thrower will participate in the Memorial Cup regardless of the how the WHL postseason plays out.

Tim Bozon – Kamloops Blazers (WHL)

A third-round selection of the Canadiens in 2012, Tim Bozon put on quite a show during the 2012-2013 season, registering 91 points in 69 games. He scored 36 goals for the second straight year and collected 20 more assists than last season, enabling him to finish as the second best point getter for Kamloops. Bozon posted two hat-tricks and a nine and eight-game point streak respectively. The Blazers finished fourth in the WHL standings and will go up against the Victoria Royals to start postseason play.

Brady Vail – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

In his third season with the Spitfires, Brady Vail picked up 55 points, including 20 goals, in 68 games. Despite Windsor’s struggles this past year, Vail finished third in scoring for the Spitfires, posting nine power-play goals and two short-handed markers, leading the club in both categories. While the Spitfires failed to qualify for the OHL’s post-season, Vail received an amateur tryout contract with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, and will continue his season with head coach Sylvain Lefebvre’s squad.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Matt Cudzinowski.

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