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Canadiens Prospect Watch: Roy, Hutson Continue Great Play



Montreal Canadiens prospect Joshua Roy

Certain prospects are expected to work on their weaknesses once they’re cut from NHL training camps, while others are expected to dominate.

Two highly-touted Montreal Canadiens prospects seem to have planned the latter, as both Joshua Roy and Riley Kidney are on pace to once again reach the 100-point plateau in the QMJHL.

Joshua Roy

The 150th overall pick of the 2021 Draft continues to impress, leaving many teams wondering if the rumours of poor work ethic were greatly exaggerated.

Roy earned two assists in Thursday night’s matchup against the Val-d’Or Foreurs, displaying the type of elite playmaking the Montreal Canadiens are hoping will flawlessly translate to the NHL.

Roy followed up his two-point night with an even better performance, earning four points in the Sherbrooke Phoenix’s 8-5 win against the Moncton Wildcats.

To put Roy’s production in perspective, the Phoenix, who currently sit atop the QMJHL standings, has scored 29 goals in their first six games of the season. Roy participated in nine of those goals while only playing four of the games.

Riley Kidney

Not to be outdone by his QMHJL cohort, second-round pick Kidney was up to his old tricks by causing havoc in the offensive zone in the form of many, many points.

Kidney struggled to stand out during the Montreal Canadiens development camp, but his play for the Acadie–Bathurst Titan through the early part of the season should put minds at ease.

He started the week with a two-point performance against the Halifax Moosehead, including a Marian Hossa-style goal that involved a lot of smooth skating in the offensive zone.

Kidney didn’t just impress in the offensive zone, he also showed great situational awareness in the defensive zone, leading to easy goals for his teammate and many smiles behind the bench. He finished the week with two goals and five assists in just 3 games.

Jakub Dobes

With so many prospects with excellent pedigrees sharing the spotlight, it’s understandable Jacob Dobes has not surfaced as one of the most highly-touted Montreal Canadiens prospects, but the 6’5″ goaltender is doing everything he can to become part of the conversation.

His rookie season resulted in various accolades, including the Big 10 Goaltender Of The Year award, not to mention a sparkling 0.926 save percentage in 35 games.

He seems poised to follow up that excellent performance with yet another great year for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Dobes finished the week with two wins in two games against the Wisconsin Badgers, though it should be noted that for the first time of the year, Dobes allowed more than two goals against in a start, bringing his save percentage all the way down to, wait for it… 0.927.

Lane Hutson

Boston University only had one game on the docket, an exhibition game against the University of Waterloo, but that didn’t stop the skilled defenceman from putting on a show, as evidenced by his fantastic pass on his brother Quinn’s hat-trick goal.

Hutson was the darling of the Montreal Canadiens development camp for a very good reason. Even though he was one of the youngest players in attendance and faced a slew of new, complicated drills, Hutson was used by the development coaches as an example for the rest of the group, owing to his ability to quickly process instructions.

It’s an ability that will serve him well going forward, both in the NCAA and beyond.