The Juniors are heading into their third season with a strong leadership core. GM Pascal Vincent announced that he'll be selecting team captain Nicolas Chouinard, 2009-2010 leading point getter Jeremy Gouchie (seen in photo) and newly acquired offensive defenseman, Francis Meilleur, to fill the team's three 20 year old positions next season.
During the past two seasons Montreal has experienced two very different groups of overage players. Here's a look back at the past two years of the 20 year old Montreal Juniors and the impact they had on the team.
In 2008-2009 the Juniors enjoyed the services left winger Nick Layton, right winger Matt Fillier and defenseman Pat O'Keef.
Layton led the team in scoring with 29 goals and 79 points in 68 games played.
Fillier served as team captain and was viewed as one of leagues most feared hitters and fighters, collecting 18 goals, 38 points and 91 PIMS in 61 games played.
O'Keef filled a top four role on the blue liner and brought a feisty side to his game. His production was decent with 4 goals, 23 points and 69 PIMS earned in 68 games played.
Last season the Juniors' 20 year old players weren't as strong. The group was led by left winger Matthew Brenton plus defensemen David Stich and Huebert Genest. This group didn't have the same impact on the team's success as the year prior.
Brenton enjoyed a strong year offensively scoring 14 goals and 47 points in 66 games played. He was led the team on the ice with a tireless workethic and never took a shift off in his own zone.
After being acquired by Saint John early in the year, Stich provided Montreal with a much needed physical preasence and proved to be the team's best all around defenseman throught the course of the year. Despite having a cannon of a shot, strangely, Stich was rarely used on the 1st power play unit however he still managed to contribute offensively with 6 goals, 23 points and 85 PIMS in 47 games played.
Both Brenton and Stich earned positive plus/minus ratings (plus 7 and plus 12 respectively).
Genest, didn't bring much aside from his huge yet under productive wound up slap shot. He was grossly inconsistent and finished the season with mediocre offensive output 5 goals, 24 points in 66 games plaved. Ginest finished the season a -5.....not so hot for a 20 year old.
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