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Thursday, 25.10.2007 / 3:20 PM / News
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Future watch
MONTREAL – Throughout the season, canadiens.com will keep an eye on Canadiens draft picks in the junior and American university ranks.  Here’s a first glance at what Habs prospects have done since the start of their respective seasons.

WHL
 Ryan White

In his fourth season with the Calgary Hitmen, Ryan White continues to establish himself as a leader on the team.  His three goals and five assists led the Hitmen to win all four games played from Oct. 1-8, earning White player of the week honors for that stretch.  White’s hot start to the season, a total of 16 points thus far, has propelled the Hitmen to second overall in the Canadian Hockey League standings.

Kootenay Ice centre Ben Maxwell has also started the year off on the right foot, recording a six-game points streak from Sept. 30 through Oct. 12.  With 11 points in 11 games, Maxwell is the only player on his team averaging a point per game.

After picking up four points in his first three games, Cameron Cepek has hit a dry spell.  The Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman has been held off the scoresheet for the last seven games.

OHL

P.K. Subban, who has quickly become a fan favorite, is hitting the scoresheet regularly with the Belleville Bulls.  The speedy defenseman has 10 points in 12 games with the division-leading Bulls.

 P.K. Subban
Right up there with Subban among the top 15 scoring blueliners is Yannick Weber.  Weber has potted four goals, all on the power-play, and nine assists in 11 games.  The Rangers are currently sixth overall in the CHL.

QMJHL

Just like his team, which currently sits second-to-last in the QMJHL, Olivier Fortier of the Rimouski Oceanic would likely have preferred a better start to the season.  Through 15 games thus far, Fortier has registered eight points.

NCAA

Ryan McDonagh, the Canadiens’ first pick in the 2007 draft didn’t wait long to make an impact on the University of Wisconsin Badgers’ blue line.  The freshman has two points in four games, including the game-winner against Robert Morris in a 7-2 win on Oct. 19.
 David Fischer

David Fischer was held without a point in his first two games, as the University of Minnesota Gophers were swept in their two-game series with Colorado College.

Despite 15 shots on goal in his team’s first four games, Max Pacioretty, who is suiting up for the University of Michigan this year, is still in search of his first goal.

Clarkson defenseman Philippe Paquet hasn’t played in his team’s first four games, which is 3-1-0 in his absence.

Dartmouth teammates J.T. Wyman and Joe Stejskal will be playing their first game on Oct. 28 against the University of Vermont.

Alexandre Harvey is a writer for canadiens.com.  Translated by Heather Engel.