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On The Rise

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
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.

Mark MacMillan  (Penticton Vees – BCHL)

Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Mark MacMillan recently received some news that made him a very happy young man. Drafted 113th overall by the Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, MacMillan is one of 8 BCHL players chosen to join Canada West for the World Junior A Hockey Challenge, despite having a broken wrist at the time of the selections.

MacMillan currently wears No. 61 for the Penticton Vees and has recroded 1 goal and 2 assists in his 4 games with the club this season. The young forward recently told a local newspaper that he considers it to be a complete honor to be able to pull the Canadiens jersey over his head and represent his country.

Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver Giants – WHL)

Being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens may not be the only reason that Brendan Gallagher has exploded out of the gate this season…but it probably didn’t hurt either.

Twenty-six points in only 15 games. Those are the kinds of numbers the Habs’ 18-year-old prospect has put up so far in 2010-11. Having scored at least one point in every game he’s played this year, Gallagher burst into flames right out of the gate, notching five points in his first game alone.

Since then, the right-winger earned himself a hat-trick on Oct. 20, and has gone 15 games straight recording at least one point. Gallagher’s prolific scoring touch has been enough to rank him second in points in the WHL, right behind teammate Craig Cunningham.

Louis Leblanc (Junior de Montréal – LHJMQ)

After a dazzling start to the season, Louis Leblanc has chosen to make the jump from Harvard and return closer to home to play with the Montreal Juniors.

In his 12 games played to date, the Canadiens first pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft has scored eight goals and added another 11 assists for a total of 19 points. He currently leads the Juniors in points, closely followed by fellow Habs’ prospect Philippe Lefebvre who has 17. Leblanc already has two four-point-games under his belt so far this season.

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