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‘Bump in the road’ doesn’t slow Aubry

Published Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 12:01 a.m. under 2010-11 RWC Reports
Louis-Marc Aubry

Louis-Marc Aubry (Credit: Sarah Lindenau)

Louis-Marc Aubry hasn’t been on the ice much this season because of injuries, but he’s made a big impression with every chance he’s gotten.

The 6-foot-4, 202-pound centre has missed 29 of 51 games with the Montreal Juniors, yet still has 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points in 22 games. He was injured in his fifth game and sat out for a month, then played just 17 more games before breaking his finger on Dec. 17.

“The injuries are a bump in the road but he’s a guy who has a big frame and body and he’s just a real smart two-way player,” said Red Wings scout Mark Leach. “He’s real responsible, good wherever he is on the ice, and he just makes things happen. He’s a real committed player who plays well at both ends.”

Aubry was on a tear before getting hurt, scoring eight goals and four assists in a nine-game stretch. If he gets back soon, he could still beat his career-high of 33 points set in 66 games in 2009-10. His points-per-game average pro-rates to a team-leading 46 points, an impressive projection given that the Juniors are second in the Q and ranked fourth in the Canadian Hockey League.

Aubry, who the Red Wings drafted 81st overall last June, also wins 57 percent of his faceoffs and had a plus-10 rating through 22 games. As a late birthdate — Nov. 11, 1991 — he’s eligible to forgo his over-age year in the Q to play in the American Hockey League in 2011-12, similar to Willie Coetzee this season.

A number of factors will determine whether Aubry plays pro, but the Red Wings have already signed him and love what he brings.

“He doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses,” Leach said. “He just needs to get physically stronger and that comes with maturity.”

NOTES: Goaltender Jordan Pearce (Grand Rapids, AHL) has taken advantage of injuries and made the most of his time with the Griffins. He has a healthy 7-3-2 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in the AHL … Forward Brooks Macek (Calgary, WHL) has shown improvement since a trade from Tri-City, upping his production to nearly a point per game. He has three goals and six assists in 10 games with Calgary and 33 points in 48 games overall … Defenseman Brendan Smith (Grand Rapids, AHL) missed the AHL all-star game with a shoulder injury. Ilari Filppula replaced him and had a goal and an assist in the Western Conference’s 11-8 loss to the Eastern Conference.

Following is this week’s statistical update for skaters and goaltenders:

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Nestrasil, Andrej P.E.I. QMJHL 40 15 34 49 20 +3 119
Fournier, Gleason Rimouski QMJHL 42 8 23 31 40 -2 63
Aubry, Louis-Marc Montreal QMJHL 22 11 9 20 18 +10 70
Parkes, Trevor Montreal QMJHL 44 22 22 44 18 +18 154
Ferraro, Landon Everett WHL 37 9 16 25 42 0
Callahan, Mitchell Kelowna WHL 44 19 25 44 64 +5
Macek, Brooks Tri-City WHL 48 11 22 33 30 -8
Stolyarov, Gennady Dynamo Msk KHL 20 2 4 6 23 -7 32
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN 42 13 25 38 12 +15
Almquist, Adam HV-71 SEL 43 0 16 16 22 +18
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL 39 10 12 22 4 +1
Axelsson, Dick Farjestad SEL 39 12 14 26 110 +5
Axelsson, Anton Timra SEL 28 5 8 13 4 -2
Samuelsson, Jesper Vita Hasten SWE-3 18 9 13 22 35
Smith, Brendan Grand Rapids AHL 40 8 14 22 71 +5 68
Mursak, Jan Grand Rapids AHL 35 11 13 24 29 +8 89
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL 39 11 22 33 29 +14 79
Pare, Francis Grand Rapids AHL 49 12 19 31 38 -14 146
Ehrhardt, Travis Grand Rapids AHL 32 4 8 12 24 +4 39
Pyett, Logan Grand Rapids AHL 43 5 7 12 32 -13 72
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL 48 4 6 10 18 -2 64
Emmerton, Cory Grand Rapids AHL 35 6 18 24 18 +8 61
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL 25 0 5 5 8 -7 42
Kolosov, Sergei Grand Rapids AHL 42 0 1 1 37 -7 38
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL 17 0 2 2 13 +1 11
Owens, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 48 5 13 18 86 -10 76
Filppula, Ilari Grand Rapids AHL 46 16 20 36 12 -1 84
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL 42 4 2 6 13 +1 52
Piche, Sebastien Grand Rapids AHL 10 0 1 1 13 -4 14
Piche, Sebastien Toledo ECHL 23 3 11 14 19 -12 81
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL 6 3 3 6 2 +1 26
Lashoff, Brian Toledo ECHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1 10
Nyquist, Gustav Maine NCAA 24 6 22 28 6 -1 98
Nicastro, Max Boston U. NCAA 25 2 3 5 45 -4 28
Oslund, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 18 1 1 2 6 -3 29
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 26 4 9 13 14 -7 41
Sheahan, Riley Notre Dame NCAA 26 2 13 15 16 -7 63
Rufenach, Bryan Clarkson NCAA 23 3 5 8 8 -1 64
Cayer, Julien Clarkson NCAA 14 1 3 4 14 +5 15
Marshall, Ben Omaha USHL 31 5 11 16 14 +23 76
NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 39 24 12 2 3 2.89 .920
Larsson, Daniel HV-71 SEL 38 2 2.28 .925
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 17 5 10 2 1 3.11 .884
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 8 3 4 1 1 4.13 .883
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 14 7 3 2 0 2.77 .912
McCollum, Thomas Toledo ECHL 5 3 1 0 1 2.55 .913


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