Owen Beck Reminiscent of Suzuki

By JD Lagrange – The Montreal Canadiens – finally – made some substantial cuts from their training camp. With the team only having two more games left to get ready for the regular season, the remaining group will be heading to Mont-Tremblant in hope to solidify team chemistry, away from unnecessary distractions.

Some of the young men who were cut on Saturday had a good camp and have left a good impression on both the coaching staff, the team management and the fans.

  • David Reinbacher‘s play was very reassuring to many, he who will be returning home for one more season to play in the Swiss league.
  • Joshua Roy had a good camp and he will be starting his professional career with the Laval Rocket in the AHL.
  • For a second year in a row, William Trudeau has a solid camp. His situation is not without reminding us of Justin Barron a year ago. He’s likely not pleased with being sent down but his goal should be to be the first defenseman called up when needed.
  • Jakub Dobes has also performed well at camp and with the so-so play of Cayden Primeau, he represents a good security in the event Primeau is claimed on waivers if the Canadiens try sending him to Laval.
  • Filip Mesar started slow but finished strong at camp and he will be trying to earn a spot in Laval when their training camp starts on Monday. It will be there or back to junior for the former first round pick.
  • Jared Davidson and John Parker-Jones also had a good training camp and both will be trying to earn a spot on a young and talented Rocket team.

Owen Beck

I have kept Owen Beck separate because many people on social media have expressed their displeasure in seeing the young man being sent back to the OHL. Ideally, Beck would have gone to the AHL but the rules being what they are, it was Montreal or the OHL for the promising prospect.

Beck is good on faceoffs, a skill that won’t be lost in junior. But let’s be honest here and let’s admit that he could generate more offensively. With 41 points in 30 games in Mississauga last season, he was up to a smoking start offensively and then got traded to Peterborough. In 30 games for the Petes, he only managed seven goals and 25 points, a sub-par production for him.

Beck’s situation today is not without reminding me of a current Canadiens player, Nick Suzuki. Back at camp in 2018, Suzuki impressed by his mature play. Many felt like he could have made the team back then. But Canadiens’ coaches and management decided to send him back to Owen Sound in the OHL with a list of things to work on. To his credit, the young man worked on the aspects of his game he was asked to perfect. That year, he played at the World Junior Championship (WJC) and when he came to camp a year later, he was more than ready.

Beck needs to work on generating more offensively. Much like the Canadiens captain, he has the hockey IQ and the skills set to apply what he will be asked to work on. I have little doubts that the Habs’ prospect will have a solid season and he should play at the WJC at Christmas time. He will return better and stronger in a year from now.

I, for one, am from the André Tourigny school of thoughts of playing young players at a level where they can succeed in order to maximize their development and confidence. I am pleased to see that this management group is not rushing prospects. I felt like they made the wrong decision last year with Juraj Slafkovsky by not sending him to the WJC and even Laval at some point in the season. Perhaps they’ve learned from it…

In The System – March 27, 2023

By JD Lagrange – In The System has been a very popular feature with our readers this year. As regular seasons in many leagues is now coming to an end, this will be the last edition this season. 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 before turning our attention to the goaltenders.

Riley Kidney (C)Gatineau OlympiquesQMJHL6028821101.8348+32➡️
Joshua Roy (W/C)Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL554653991.8014+69⬆️
Sean Farrell (C/LW)Harvard Univ.NCAA342033531.5612+21⬇️
Jared Davidson (C)Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL603844821.3746+41⬇️
Lane Hutson (D)Boston Univ.NCAA381533481.2624+28⬇️
Owen Beck (C)Peterborough PetesOHL602442661.1035+8⬆️
Cedrick Guindon (LW/C)Owen Sound AttackOHL682247691.0114-4⬇️
Filip Mesar (RW/C)Kitchener RangersOHL521734510.988-9⬇️
Vinzenz Rohrer (C/RW)Ottawa 67'sOHL541930490.9118+22⬇️
Logan Mailloux (D)London KnightsOHL592528530.9077+15⬆️
Jesse Ylönen (RW)Laval RocketAHL36920290.8116-1➡️
Joël TeasdaleLaval RocketAHL512114350.6925-4⬇️
Rafaël Harvey-PinardLaval RocketAHL371510250.6820-2➡️
Justin Barron (D)Laval RocketAHL2579160.646-3➡️
Rhett Pitlick (LW)Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA381014240.6318+16⬆️
Miguël Tourigny (D)HK Dukla TrencinSlovakia39519240.6237-4➡️
Nicolas BeaudinLaval RocketAHL36219210.5839+9⬆️
Xavier Simoneau (C)Laval RocketAHL54526310.5774-10⬇️
Luke Tuch (LW)Boston Univ.NCAA39911200.5117+6➡️
Oliver Kapanen (C)KalPaLiiga551215270.4928+6➡️
Emil HeinemanLeksands IFSHL3587150.4310-1➡️
William Trudeau (D)Laval RocketAHL52615210.40550⬇️
Jack Gorniak (LW/C)Univ. WisconsinNCAA3157120.3930-5➡️
Jayden Struble (D)Northeastern Univ.NCAA31111120.3956+8➡️
Blake Biondi (C)Univ. Minnesota-DuluthNCAA173360.354-4➡️
Mattias Norlinder (D)Laval RocketAHL59214160.2720-8⬇️
Jan Mysak (C/LW)Laval RocketAHL352460.178-9⬇️

Joshua Roy finished the season on a strong note, almost catching Riley Kidney at the top.

Jayden Struble also signed his ELC and joined the Laval Rocket. Emil Heineman also jointed the Rocket this past week and has managed two goals in the three games that he’s played.

Justin Barron, Jesse Ylönen and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard are still with the Canadiens and all are doing well. All three are eligible to return to Laval to help the Rocket in their playoffs’ push.


And now, to the organization’s goaltending prospects…

Jakub DobesOhio State Univ.NCAA402.31.918⬆️
Emmett CroteauWaterloo Black HawksUSHL222.50.915⬆️
Cayden PrimeauLaval RocketAHL353.13.906⬆️
Frederik DichowFrölunda HCSHL162.76.899➡️
Joe VrbeticTrois-Rivières LionsECHL273.31.896⬆️
Laval RocketAHL44.05.871➡️

All goaltenders in the organization finished strong the past couple of weeks.

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