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Junior report - March 16, 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.

Mac Bennett (University of Michigan Wolverines, NCAA)

After getting off to a less than stellar start in his rookie season with the University of Michigan Wolverines, it would seem that Mac Bennett has finally found his niche with the team. Bennett, who will be celebrating his 20th birthday on Mar, 25, notes that he’s always viewed himself as an offensively minded defenseman, while Wolverines coach, Red Berenson has worked hard to give the young blueliner’s game a solid defensive base.

Having played 26 games so far this season, Bennett currently posts a +13 differential while at the same time racking up two goals and nine helpers for a total of 11 points. He most recently registered assists in each of his last two games against the Bowling Green University Falcons during the CCHA’s end of season tournament. The Wolverines have enjoyed a record of 17 wins, eight losses and a single tie with Bennett in the lineup.

Joe Stejskal (Dartmouth College Big Green, NCAA)

With five point in 31 games, Canadiens’ prospect Joe Stejskal may not be putting up huge numbers when it comes to offensive production, but that’s only because he’s too busy building a reputation as a premier shutdown defenseman. The 22-year-old rearguard was recently named to the ECAC’s third all-star team.

After passing the season as a member of the Big Green’s first defensive pairing, Stejskal was one the main reasons his team was able to finish with a penalty-kill that ranked 2nd overall in the league and a defensive corps that ranked 3rd in goals.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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