On the Rise - Dec. 8, 2010

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On the Rise - Dec. 8, 2010
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.

Morgan Ellis (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles –QMJHL)

In his third season with the QMJHL’s Screaming Eagles, Morgan Ellis has been putting up the kind of numbers a player can be proud of. After 31 games, the 18-year-old defenseman has already proven to teammates that making him their captain was a sound decision.

Although the team has had its ups and downs as the season’s progressed, posting a record of 10-20-3, Ellis hasn’t taken his eyes off the prize, putting up impressive personal stats and notching 19 points – seven of them goals. The 6’1” 197lbs native of Ellerslie, P.E.I presently stands as the top-scoring defenseman on his team and fourth among all players. He most recently added two goals to his tally in a game against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Dec. 4.

Ellis’ biggest contributions to date can be seen in his impact on his club’s power-play. His five goals with the man-advantage currently rank him second among his teammates.

Louis Leblanc (Montreal Juniors – QMJHL)

The Montreal Juniors were recently handed a piece of good news. After an impressive sequence that’s seen them win nine out of their last 10 games, the Juniors will be rewarded for their efforts with the return to action of their top-scorer, Louis Leblanc.

Leblanc was forced to miss five games after sustaining a shoulder injury in a game against the Voltigeurs that took place on Nov.15. Scratch off a few weeks of healing time and Leblanc is ready to pick up right where he left off, continuing his preparation for Team Canada’s Junior camp.

Right from his first game back from injury, Leblanc quickly made it clear that he hadn’t missed a stride, scoring another goal to bring his total to 13, with another 16 helpers on the side for a total of 29 points in only 22 games played.

Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com



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