Future watch - Nov. 7

Wednesday, 07.11.2007 / 5:15 PM / News
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Future watch - Nov. 7
Here’s a look at what Canadiens prospects have been up to over the last couple of weeks:

WHL

- California native defenseman Cameron Cepek, in his first season with the Edmonton Oil Kings after spending three years in Portland, scored his second goal of the season against the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday, bringing his total to six points in 18 games.

- Center Ben Maxwell is still waiting to return to action after suffering a thigh injury on Oct. 20 against the Oil Kings.  The Canadiens’ second pick in 2006 had collected 11 points in 11 games before being sidelined.

- After a stellar October, forward Ryan White hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.  The center is first among Calgary Hitmen scorers with 20 points in 18 games.  He’s also the team’s third-most penalized player with 40 minutes spent in the box.

USHL

- Left wing Andrew Conboy has taken full advantage of the Omaha Lancers’ hot start to the season.  Conboy, whose club sits atop the league standings, has scored three goals and four assists in eight games, fourth best on the team.

- Rookie defenseman Scott Kishel, the Canadiens’ ninth selection back in June, has picked up two points in nine games with the Sioux Falls Stampedes.

NCAA

- Selected in the first round in 2006, defenseman David Fischer has earned an assist in eight games so far in his second year at the University of Minnesota.  This weekend, Fischer and the Gophers will face off with Minnesota State in a home-and-home set with their state rivals.  The Gophers are looking for their first win against a fellow Western Collegiate Hockey Association club.

- Max Pacioretty, in his first season with the Michigan Wolverines, has started to pick up steam of late after a slow start to the season, amassing five points in his last four games despite still wearing a cast on his hand for a broken knuckle.  Michigan has won six straight and sits atop the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

- Quebec native Philippe Paquet, who is suiting up on the Clarkson Golden Knights’ blue line this year, earned two assists in his first two games of the season, after missing the previous six contests.

- Over at Dartmouth, right wing J.T. Wyman, who is in his fourth year with the Big Green, has gotten off to a blazing start with seven points in just three games.  Teammate and fellow Habs prospect Joe Stejskal has yet to find his way on to the scoresheet.  The defenseman is in his rookie campaign at Dartmouth.

- Ryan McDonagh, the Canadiens’ first pick at the 2007 draft, continues to impress in his freshman season at the University of Wisconsin, notching three points in six games and posting a plus-2 differential. 

QMJHL

- Rimouski Oceanic center Olivier Fortier has put up 11 points in 18 games so far.  It’s been a tough season so far for the Oceanic, who have just seven wins in 23 games and have lost six of their last 10.

OHL

- P.K. Subban’s solid season continues with the Belleville Bulls, who sit second in the OHL’s East Division.  In just 15 games this season, Subban has notched 14 points.

- Last but certainly not least, Kitchener Rangers defenseman Yannick Weber is one of the hottest players in the league right now.  The Swiss native, drafted in the third round in 2007, has racked up 24 points, including 11 goals, in 17 games, for second place among league defensemen in scoring.  If that weren’t enough, Weber potted a hat trick in the third period of the Rangers’ 8-3 win over the Oshawa Generals on Nov. 1. Weber also went on to earn both OHL and CHL player of the week honors for his efforts.

Félix-Antoine Viens is a writer for canadiens.com.  Translated by Heather Engel.