Montreal Canadiens prospect Jared Davidson dropped the gloves earlier this week, and ended it just as quickly with a one-punch K.O.
The Canadiens’ 2022 5th-round pick showed that he’s much more than just one of the WHL’s top offensive players, but also one of his toughest.
The Seattle Thunderbirds forward went to town on Kelowna Rockets forward John Babcock, who was the recipient of one heck of a haymaker that ended their tilt almost as quickly as it started.
Here’s a look at the five-second fight below:
Jared Davidson just one punched a man in the WHL pic.twitter.com/IfOnQDIiZb
— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) December 31, 2022
After being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens this summer, Davidson put on some inspiring performances for the Canadiens during the Prospect Challenge in Buffalo. He was involved in the play and was extremely physical along the boards; but that’s not to say he’s just a grinder, as he showed some great hands and a very underrated shot as well.
He followed up some eye-opening performances at Rookie Camp with an interesting Canadiens training camp, where he looked very aggressive and was constantly hounding the puck carrier. He stood out in some intra-squad games and was especially visible during the Canadiens’ Red & White game right at the end of the preseason calendar.
He was sent back to the WHL to continue to work on his game and lead a stacked Thuderbirds roster back to the top of the WHL Playoffs, and hopefully bring home a championship title.
So far this season, Davidson has been one of the Thunderbirds’ most valuable players as they dominate the WHL and look primed for a Memorial Cup appearance.
The Canadiens own his rights until June 1, 2025; but Davidson will likely make the jump to pro next summer, where the Canadiens could likely sign him to an AHL contract with the Laval Rocket, similarly to what they’ve done with Xavier Simoneau and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard.