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On the Rise

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.

Michael Bournival (Shawinigan Cataractes – QMJHL)

It’s been a little less than two weeks since the Montreal Canadiens acquired the rights to Michael Bournival. While the young player may have change allegiances recently, one thing he hasn’t changed is his game. In the two games since his trade, Bournival has made it clear that the Habs did the right thing in picking him up by notching four points. With 28 points in only 21 games – 11 of them goals – the young center currently leads the Cataractes in scoring.

Bournival may even soon get the chance to find himself a little closer to the Canadiens organization as Habs owner, Geoff Molson has accepted an offer to be the honorary president of the 2012 Memorial Cup if it’s held in Shawinigan.

Before he can begin to think about the Memorial Cup, however, Bournival has more pressing matters on his mind. Still not having received an invitation to Team Canada’s Junior orientation camp, Bournival still has a couple of weeks to show he has what it takes to merit an invite. With any luck, the young captain of the Cataractes will find himself in the lineup, proudly sporting a Team Canada jersey when the national anthems are sung to start the tournament on December 26.

Bournival will also get the chance to meet two more of the Canadiens’ prospects on November 26 as Louis Leblanc and Phillipe Lefebvre arrive in Shawinigan along with the rest of the Montreal Junior, although it is possible Leblanc will be out of the lineup after missing the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Phillipe Lefebvre (Montreal Juniors – QMJHL)

Things are also looking bright for Canadiens’ prospect Phillipe Lefebvre as he continues a productive season with the Montreal Juniors of the QMJHL after having participated in the 2010 Subway Super Series.

The Trois-Rivières native has been busy putting his ferocious work ethic on display with the Juniors, most recently notching two goals on the way to his team’s 5-2 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

The 5’11”, 186lbs Lefebvre has potted 11 goals and added another 12 helpers in 23 games played so far this season. Those stats are currently good enough to land him second in scoring among the Juniors. The only player to top his numbers is fellow Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc with 12 goals and 15 assists, for 27 points.

Justin Fragapane is a writer for

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