Canadiens 1995 ¾ Season in Review Part 4


MONTREAL – Over the last 3 days, we've looked at the Habs NFHL season so far.  Today, we look at the future of the Habs, most of which is sitting in Laval.

The Laval Rocket’s objective going into the season was to compete for the NMFHL Calder Cup.  After a few up and down seasons, the Canadiens farm club have taken another step down this season, despite the development of overage prospects such as Vyacheslav Butsayev, Tim Sweeney and Jim Storm, and young prospects such as Cory Stillman, Mikael Samuelsson, Roman Hamrlik, Chris Osgood, etc.  They also have decent veterans with them such as Jim Playfair.

The Rocket currently sit in 2nd place in the Wales Conference and 6th overall with a record of 31-25-4 (66 points) with 460 goals for and 395 goals against.  The Wales Conference is currently led by Albany (NJ) who have catapulted their farm team into a contender with 76 points. Sandwich (Boston) are tied for 2nd with 66 points and Houston (Florida) and Halifax are tied for 4th and have 64.  In the Campbell, Windsor (DET) leads with 82 points followed by Red Deer (Edmonton) with 81 points.

The Rocket once again this season has been more about a team affair rather than any individual contributors. There are 4 Rocket players in the top 30 scorers. Slava Butsayev leads the team with 83 points in 60 games and is also 2nd overall in the league, followed by Tim Sweeney with 82 points which is also good for 3rd in the league, Jim Storm with 72 points in 60 games and Cam Stewart with 70 points in 56 games.  Only Corriveau of Hartford is ahead of both Butsayev and Sweeney with 86 points.  All team members who have played the full season have at least 29 points on the season. Jim Playfair has been the top offensive defenseman with 57 points in 40 games.

Sweeney is the leader in goals with 40 so far.

In nets, Chris Osgood leads the way with a GAA of 5.71 in 34 games. Osgood is 1st overall on the team with his GAA. He is followed by Cousineau with a GAA of 5.80 in 5 games.  Jamie Storr has a GAA of 7.91 in 11 games played.   Flaherty has played in 16 games and carries a GAA of 8.06. Vernon carries the worst GAA at 9.83 in 6 games.

The Rocket's objective to win the league is certainly possible at this stage but it will be a challenge.

This concludes our 4 part series reviewing the Habs after ¾  of the season has passed.


 -The Montreal Gazette