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Junior report - Feb. 9, 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.

Jared Tinordi (London Knights, OHL)

After getting his season off to a slow start, the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick of 2010 has stepped up his play of late, offering up some good offensive production for the London Knights. With only four assists to his name leading up to Jan. 23, Jared Tinordi has kicked his game into second gear, adding four more assists in his last six matches.

Looking at the defensive side of his recent performances, Tinordi finished the Knights’ Jan. 30 tilt posting a +- 3 differential and would go on to post a +-2 differential in his next game on Feb. 4 where he would also notch a point assisting on a shorthanded marker.

Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver Giants, WHL)

With another week gone by, Habs’ prospect Brendan Gallagher continues to put up impressive numbers as he has since the start of the season. With 72 points in 54 games, Gallagher currently ranks sixth overall in the WHL in points, while his 36 goals are good enough for second in the league. He most recently registered three goals along with three assists in four games played thus far in February.

On Feb. 2, Gallagher scored a goal and added three helpers during a Giants’ 5-4 shootout win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Gallagher sealed the deal for Vancouver with a key goal in the shootout. Two days later, he would go on to score another two goals, including the tying marker on the way to another shootout victory for the Giants, this one ending in a score of 4-3 and coming at the expense of the Calgary Hitmen.

Patrick Johnson (University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers, NCAA)

After two seasons in 2008-09 and 2009-10 that saw him score only seven points, Patrick Johnson has been enjoying some recent success. Johnson currently plays for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers and has been a contributing factor to his team’s current hot-streak in which they’ve lost only a single game out of their last 13.

Over the course of those games, the young center recorded two goals and four assists to elevate him to a total of 13 points on the season. One of his best games of the year came on Jan. 29 in a 4-1 win over Michigan Tech where he scored a goal and added two assists for three points on the night.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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