There are only four members of the extended Canadiens family outside of the Stanley Cup who are still playing junior hockey competitively, all of them in the Memorial Cup playdowns – Charles Hudon and Jeremy Gregoire of the Baie Comeau Drakkar and Halifax goaltender Zach Fucale of the Quebec League and London Knights centre Michael McCarron in the OHL. Goaltender Mike Condon is the only professional member of the team still seeing action in the ECHL playoffs with Wheeling.
It looked like Baie Comeau would run all over the Quebec league playoffs until they ran into theArmada this week at Blainville/Boisbriand. After winning 10 straight playoff games including the first two games at Baie Comeau, Blainville beat the Drakkar twice and now the series is tied at 2-2 heading back to Baie Comeau.
Hudon, who was a 5th round choice in 2012 and will play for Hamilton next year, has a playoff record of 7 goals, 7 assists in twelve 2014 playoff games. During the regular season he had 76 points in 57 games.
Gregoire, who has another year of junior eligibility, has 4 goals, 7 assists in his twelve playoffs games after a 69 point season in 65 games during the season. Gregoire was drafted in 6th round last June.
Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Zach Fucale has aand 8-3-0 record in 12 playoff games this spring. His goals against average is 2.49 and the save percentage at .896. Halifax doesn’t have Nathan McKinnon this year, so their playoff run has been a little more difficult. They lost their first two games at home against Val D’Or but then rebounded with two wins in Val D’Or to even the series. Game five will be in Halifax Saturday night. During the regular season Fucale played in 50 games with a 36-9-3 record and a .907 save percentage.
Another member of the Canadiens still staying game-ready is London Knights 6’6” centre Mike McCarron. London was eliminated by Guelph in the OHL playoffs but, as host team, they have a bye into the Memorial Cup tournament which starts May 16th. Between the night they were eliminated and the Cup’s opening game, the Knights will be idle 35 days. Nevertheless McCarron, who had rookie season OHL growing pains, scored 3 goals and 2 assists in nine playoff games. His overall game started to turn around in January when he was converted to centre. Over the entire regular season he had 14 goals, 20 assists in sixty-six games. McCarron was the Canadiens first round draft pick (25th) last June.
In the professional ranks, with Hamilton eliminated from the playoffs for the third straight year, only goaltender Mike Condon remains in the professional ranks. He is very much involved in the ECHL playoffs with the Wheeling Nailers after a season in which he earned ECHL player of the week honours three times.
The last Canadiens draft choice to be eliminated was Martin Reway with Gatineau. Reway, who’s 5’9” and 179 lbs. tied for the Olympiques playoff lead with 5 goals and 10 assists in their nine playoff games before Halifax eliminated them in five games. In 43 games during the season he had 20 goals, 42 assists for 62 points and had a plus-13 rating. He was the Canadiens 4th round pick (116th) last June and will be headed back to Gatineau next year.
The Canadiens only had two draft choices in the Western Hockey League last season. LW Tim Bozon‘s season ended famously with that bout of bacterial meningitis. Vancouver Giants Defenceman and team captain Dalton Thrower’s season ended with a January ankle injury. Both were in their final year of Junior eligibility and will be trying out for Hamilton in September.