Owen Beck has had an impressive showing for the Montreal Canadiens during camp this fall, and his efforts have resulted in the signing of a well-deserved entry-level contract.
The Montreal Canadiens announced on Tuesday morning that they had signed Beck to a three-year ELC effective immediately; a sign that he impressed the management team enough to ensure he’s in the long-term plans for the foreseeable future. Not that there was ever any doubt.
After having been selected at 33rd overall in the 2022 NHL Draft, Beck has continually improved his play with the Canadiens going back to development camp, rookie camp, the Prospect Challenge and during preseason games with the Canadiens. In the absence of Nick Suzuki, Beck has been able to play some meaningful minutes at centre with some NHL talent and hasn’t looked out of play in the slightest.
Beck not only gained the favour of the fans, but also that of head coach Martin St. Louis, who has spoken at length about Beck’s maturity on the ice and his ability to read plays at incredible speed.
“He plays a very mature game,” said head coach Martin St. Louis. “He doesn’t play like an 18-year-old.”
St. Louis also praised his ability to win faceoffs and maintain possession in the offensive zone.
“I think Beck played a really good game for a young guy,” said St. Louis on Beck’s continually impressive play. “His faceoff percentage was at 59%. That’s impressive because it gives you an opportunity to start the play with the puck.”
Beck not only fits the profile of an extremely intelligent player that has shown signs of progress and growth at every single level, but he also applies a cerebral approach off the ice that will serve him well in a hockey-mad market like Montreal. He continued to play a responsible style of hockey, despite the growing hype around him and maintained focus on playing a sound defensive game and helping his team execute excellent transition plays.
Beck will now likely head back to the OHL with the Mississauga Steelheads with all the confidence in the world and extra motivation to build on his standout performances in camp and take his offensive game to the next level.