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WATCH: Kaiden Guhle Scores Great Powerplay Goal Against Jets

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Kaiden Guhle

It’s impossible to say which defensive prospect will start the season on the Montreal Canadiens blue line, but all signs point to Kaiden Guhle having the inside track, especially if he keeps scoring goals such as the one that opened the score against the Winnipeg Jets.

Guhle, fresh off being named the 2022 WHL Playoff MVP, is having an excellent training, and despite some staunch competition from fellow defensive prospects such as Arber Xhekaj, Jordan Harris, and Justin Barron, Guhle has done more than enough to distinguish himself as the most NHL ready player of the group.

The key to his game is his lack of weaknesses. He’s a great skater, a great shooter, and has a penchant for jumping into the play at the perfect time, as evidenced by his goal.

Guhle, who has been paired with David Savard throughout training camp, is likely to be given a relatively busy workload if he makes the Montreal Canadiens’ lineup, which would include a significant amount of power play time.

Seeing as the Canadiens’ powerplay has, well, to put it mildly, been horrifically awful over the last couple of seasons, Guhle’s presence may become a boon for Martin St.Louis and company.

The 20-year-old finished his final season of Junior hockey by putting up 7 goals and 33 assists in 42 games, splitting his regular-season time with the Prince Albert Raiders, and later the Edmonton Oil Kings. Guhle would go on to produce 16 points in 18 playoff games for the Oil Kings, not to mention 3 points in 3 games at the Memorial Cup.

If Guhle can maintain his stalwart shifts in the defensive zone as well as providing an auxiliary source of offense from the back end, the Canadiens will have little choice but to give him at least 9 NHL games to start the season.

Don’t buy your Montreal Canadiens Kaiden Guhle jersey just yet, but maybe see if the team has any pre-order deals available.

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