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Prospecting down south

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – The Habs have a truckload of talented prospects making waves in the university ranks this season, and we have the latest news on all of them.

Mac Bennett
University of Michigan (CCHA)
As an offensively-minded defenseman, Mac Bennett has been enjoying an excellent 2012-13 season, despite having suffered a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for over a month. Injury or not, Bennett has made the most out of his 32 games with the Wolverines in their current campaign, scoring six goals – two on the power play – and adding another 12 assists. Boasting one of the cleanest styles of play around, the 22-year-old blue-liner has only been assessed two minor penalties this year and spent a grand total of four minutes in the box. Bennett also finished fourth in the league in blocked shots with 38.

Michael Cichy
University of Western Michigan (CCHA)
After spending two seasons at North Dakota University, Michael Cichy switched over to join the University of Western Michigan for their 2012-13 campaign. In 37 games with his new school, Cichy has logged a total of four goals and 14 assists. With 75% of his scoring coming on the power play, he’s currently tied for second in goals among all Broncos when playing with the man advantage.

Josiah Didier
University of Denver (WCHA)
Now in his sophomore year in the university ranks, defenseman Josiah Didier may only have 30 games under his belt this season, but he’s still managed to top his output from his rookie campaign when he suited up for 41 games. Didier amassed a total of seven assists while racking up 48 penalty minutes.

Danny Kristo
North Dakota University (WCHA)
In his last season in the NCAA, Danny Kristo did everything he could to turn heads, finishing his campaign with the second-most points of any player in the WCHA with 52 – one less than Colorado College’s Ryan Schwartz. Over the course of 40 games, Kristo logged 26 goals and performed impressively enough to earn himself a nomination as one of the Top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Trophy, awarded to the NCAA’s top player. The North Dakota University assistant captain was also named to the WCHA’s First All-Star Team before signing a two-year deal with the Canadiens on April 3.

Mark MacMillan
North Dakota University (WCHA)
After playing two seasons in the BCHL in British Colombia, Mark MacMillan headed south, making the jump to join Danny Kristo as a member of the University of North Dakota hockey team in 2011-12. In his second campaign with the squad, MacMillan suited up for 42 games, logging 13 goals and 12 assists to finish third on his team in scoring while also posting a plus-11 differential. The Habs prospect also has two shorthanded goals to his credit, tying him for team-lead in that category with Kristo.

Colin Sullivan
Boston College (H-East)
In his first season playing in the American university circuit, defenseman Colin Sullivan has suited up for 32 games in 2012-13 as a member of the Boston College Eagles. The Canadiens’ seventh-round pick in 2011 recorded one assist while being assessed six penalty minutes.

Dustin Walsh
Dartmouth College (ECAC)
In his fourth and final season with Dartmouth College’s Big Green, Dustin Walsh has been playing some of his best hockey to date, logging 22 points in 29 games this season. With 11 goals to his name, Walsh finished tied for second in goals amongst his teammates – only one less than forward Tyler Sikura.

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