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In The System – January 9, 2022

By JD Lagrange – In The System has become a very popular feature with our readers. This week, let’s see how the team’s top prospects are progressing. The far right column shows how the players are trending based on the previous week. Remember that this is in no way some expert dissection and in-depth analysis, but rather an overview at one point in time about how those young prospects are producing at their respective level.


First, let’s have a look at the skaters or, in other words, all players but goaltenders.

Joshua Roy (W/C)Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL261825431.656+22➡️
Jared Davidson (C)Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL312030501.6140+25⬇️
Sean Farrell (C/LW)Harvard Univ.NCAA15715221.476+9⬇️
Riley Kidney (C)Gatineau OlympiquesQMJHL331533481.4528-1➡️
Owen Beck (C)Peterborough PetesOHL301723401.3320+6⬇️
Filip Mesar (RW/C)Kitchener RangersOHL191014241.266-5⬇️
Vinzenz Rohrer (C/RW)Ottawa 67'sOHL271122331.2212+20⬆️
Cedrick Guindon (LW/C)Owen Sound AttackOHL361229411.148+6⬇️
Lane Hutson (D)Boston Univ.NCAA18713201.1112+9⬇️
Logan Mailloux (D)London KnightsOHL281214260.9339+10⬇️
Jesse Ylönen (RW)Laval RocketAHL34819270.7916-4⬇️
Xavier Simoneau (C)Laval RocketAHL26416200.7727-6⬇️
Rafaël Harvey-PinardLaval RocketAHL34159240.71200⬆️
Nicolas BeaudinLaval RocketAHL20212140.7018+7⬇️
Justin Barron (D)Laval RocketAHL2579160.646-3➡️
Rhett Pitlick (LW)Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA2285130.5916+4⬇️
Luke Tuch (LW)Boston Univ.NCAA1937100.53111➡️
Miguël Tourigny (D)HK Dukla TrencinSlovakia2339120.5229-6⬇️
Oliver Kapanen (C)KalPaLiiga3377140.42140⬇️
Blake Biondi (C)Univ. Minnesota-DuluthNCAA163360.384-4➡️
Jack Gorniak (LW/C)Univ. WisconsinNCAA222680.3624+1⬇️
Emil HeinemanLeksands IFSHL153250.332-5⬆️
Jayden Struble (D)Northeastern Univ.NCAA171340.2448-1⬇️
Mattias Norlinder (D)Laval RocketAHL310660.198-4⬇️
Jan Mysak (C/LW)Laval RocketAHL202130.154-7➡️

Two of the Canadiens’ top prospects were traded by their junior teams. First, Owen Beck is now with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL, with in the QMJHL, Riley Kidney is now playing for the Gatineau Olympiques.

Rafaël Harvey-Pinard had a huge week with four goals and an assist, and a +3 differential in three games with the Rocket. At the other end of the spectrum, it is becoming a bit alarming to see the lack of progression in the games of Jayden Struble, Mattias Norlinder and Jan Mysak.


And now, to the organization’s goaltending prospects…

Jakub DobesOhio State Univ.NCAA222.12.923⬆️
Emmett CroteauWaterloo Black HawksUSHL132.87.897⬇️
Cayden PrimeauLaval RocketAHL133.65.890⬇️
Joe VrbeticTrois-Rivières LionsECHL113.77.872⬇️
Laval RocketAHL32.70.903➡️
Frederik DichowFrölunda HCSHL92.91.897⬆️

Jakub Dobes and Frederik Dichow participated in two games each and both did very well while Cayden Primeau came back from injury by didn’t fair so well in his one start. Joe Vrbetic also had a rough start with the Lions after being sent back to the ECHL.

World Junior Championships

The Canadiens had seven prospects playing at this year’s World Junior Championship and three of them returned with a medal. Joshua Roy was a key player for Canada and Owen Beck played the medal round for Canada as well in replacement of injured Colton Dach. Both won the Gold Medal. Lane Hutson won Bronze with the USA and unfortunately for Vinzenz Rohrer, Austria lost the relegation series to Latvia. Oliver Kapanen was captain of Finland while Filip Mesar was an assistant-captain for Slovakia. Adam Engstrom looked very good for Sweden. Overall, a very strong showing by the young Habs’ prospects.


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