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Youth at work

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – In only a few days’ time, the Canadiens’ future stars will jump on the ice and start their respective seasons.

Whether it’s with the Junior ranks of the North American leagues, or the pro leagues of Europe, each and every prospect in the system will be gunning to make a name for themselves before making the all-important jump to the NHL.

A total of seven of those prospects will be looking to turn some heads in the Canadian Hockey League this season, with Olivier Archambault and Charles Hudon both hitting the ice in the QMJHL. Archambault will be entering into his fourth season in the Quebec league and his second with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, while Hudon will begin his third campaign with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. In 45 games in 2011-12, Archambault logged a total of 17 goals and 39 points. Hudon scored 66 points over 59 games in his most recent campaign.

Across provincial lines, in Ontario, two prospects picked up at this year’s NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh will be looking to make a splash of their own, with Brady Vail joining the Windsor Spitfires and Alex Galchenyuk rejoining the Sarnia Sting. The WHL, for its part, boasts three Canadiens hopefuls, as Tim Bozon takes to the ice with the Kamloops Blazers, while Darren Dietz and Dalton Thrower join forces for the Saskatoon Blades.

The 2012-13 season also has a slew of Canadiens prospects getting ready light things up south of the border. The University of North Dakota will be welcoming Danny Kristo and Mark MacMillan back to the Fighting Sioux, while Josiah Didier will kick things off with the University of Denver Pioneers. A little further east, Mac Bennett will be gearing up with the University of Michigan Wolverines, Mike Cichy with the University of Western Michigan Broncos, Dustin Walsh with the Dartmouth Big Green and Colin Sullivan with the Boston College Eagles.

The rest of the action for Habs hopefuls takes place across the pond, on the other side of the Atlantic. Sebastian Collberg and Magnus Nygren will both be playing in the Swedish Elite League, while Erik Nystrom will suit up with the Junior team, Modo, of the Swedish SuperElit league. Daniel Prybil will be cutting his teeth over in the Czech Republic, while Maxim Trunev will be doing the same in KHL with the newest edition of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv.


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