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Junior Report - Feb. 23, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- While these Canadiens’ prospects may still be young, they continue to post impressive numbers with each of their respective teams. Here’s a small glimpse at the recent performances of some of the Habs’ brightest rising stars.

Louis Leblanc (Montreal Juniors, QMJHL)

After a relatively quiet period spanning the end of January and the beginning of February, Louis Leblanc has once again found his groove. Since rediscovering his scoring touch, the 20-year-old forward has gone on to register six points in three games played in as many days. He also added another goal and two more assists during his last matchup against Rouyn-Noranda on Feb. 19.

Leblanc’s performances would be good enough to see him recognized as the QMJHL’s third star of the week. His recent play, including a one goal, two assist performance on Feb.23, also pushed Leblanc back on pace for a point-per-game season, with 21 goals and 28 assists totalling 49 points in his 47 games played.

Michael Bournival (Shawinigan Cataractes, QMHHL)

The month of February has proved to be a prosperous one for Shawinigan Cataractes captain, Michael Bournival. Turning in a great performance in the goals department, Bournival has already lit the lamp seven times this month, with two games still left to go before the end of February. Out of the ten games played, he’s managed to post at least one point in seven of those outings.

In three matchups between Feb. 16-19, Bournival registered an impressive five goals. Three of those markers came on Feb. 18 during a 7-3 loss to the St. John Sea Dogs and would represent his second hat-trick of the year. With 28 goals already under his belt, the 2010-11 season marks a career high for Bournival in the QMJHL after potting only 24 markers in his previous campaign.

Mark MacMillan (Penticton Vees, BCHL)

Over in the BCHL, the regular season has already come to a close and the league’s playoffs are poised to kick off on Feb. 24. Forward Mark MacMillan will roar his way into the post season, coming off a six-game stretch that saw him rack up a hefty 10 points. MacMillan continues to display a remarkable consistency in 2010-11, recording an average of 1,4 points per game for a total of 57 in only 40 games played.

The Vees upcoming playoff run will represent MacMillan’s second foray into the post-season, after play 13 games last year with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in which he registered five goals and nine assists.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.


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