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:
|Stolyarov, Gennady||Dynamo Msk||KHL||20||2||4||6||23||-7||32|
|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|
|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|
|McCollum, Thomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||17||5||10||2||1||3.11||.884|
|Pearce, Jordan||Grand Rapids||AHL||14||7||3||2||0||2.77||.912|