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Canadiens Prospect Watch: Farrell and Hutson and Kidney, Oh My!



Canadiens prospect Sean Farrell

It’s always difficult to get a read on Montreal Canadiens prospects playing in the NCAA, primarily due to the elevated quality of competition and the lower-scoring pace involved in college hockey.

But there’s a pair of players in the Canadiens prospect pool that is making it a lot easier on Canadiens fans, and they’re the focus of this week’s Prospects Watch.

Farrell For The Win

Sean Farrell started the season on the right foot for the Harvard Crimson and is showing no signs of slowing down any time in the near future.

With 10 goals and 15 assists in just 17 games, Farrell currently ranks fourth overall in the NCAA with an impressive 1.47 points per game.

He also scored one of the nicest goals by a Canadiens prospect in recent memory in Harvard’s 5-0 win against St.Lawrence, his first of two goals on the night.

He followed it up with a smart goal scored from a borderline impossible angle, his third goal in Harvard’s last two games.

At 21 years old, Farrell is much more senior than the majority of the players in the Canadiens prospect pool, therefore an uptick in production is expected, but we must also keep in mind he missed an entire year of development in the NCAA during the pandemic when he was forced to remain with the Chicago Steel of the USHL 2020-21.

It’s also worth remembering how Farrell is scoring.

Be it regular strength, overtime, the penalty kill or the power play, Farrell is making an impact for Harvard in every situation possible.

When it comes to prospects on the verge of making the jump to professional hockey in the Canadiens organization, few players match up favourably to Farrell.


Always More Points

Last week we discussed Riley Kidney playing the hero for his new team, the Gatineau Olympiques.

Canadiens fans are well aware Kidney led the charge for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, but there’s value in seeing how a player performs when he doesn’t necessarily always have the puck on his stick.

And in Kidney’s case, the numbers keep getting better, verging on ridiculous.

In his last three games with Gatineau, Kidney has produced 10 points (!), including a five-point effort on Saturday night against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

Kidney now ranks 7th overall in QMJHL scoring, with 16 goals and 42 assists in 36 games, which equates to over 1.6 points per game.

He Did What?

This will shock you, but it turns out Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson has an affinity for scoring, and once again showed a penchant for contributing when the game is on the line.

With two points in his last two games, Hutson now has 8 goals and 14 assists in 20 games, maintaining the point-per-game pace he established in the very first game of the season.

His latest heroics involve a game-winning goal against Cornell which secured Boston University’s 15th win of the season.

More Canadiens Prospect News And Highlights

  • It took Owen Beck one game to find his rhythm following a trade to the Peterborough Petes.

  • Emil Heineman scored his fourth goal of the season for Leksands IF (SHL).

  • Goaltender Jakub Dobes lost his first game since Dec.2, 2022.

MUST READ: Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings, The Jakub Dobes Show!

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Not enough importance put on how that year off benefitted him.

Sean Farrel was forced to wait as such overachieved to the point he was put in a position to Lead Team USA in Scoring at the Olympics 1 point off the Tournament Lead in 3 less games.

Not only that the delay ensure the formation of The Single Best Line in the NCAA Today with Coronato-Farrell-Laferriere who are all in their Sophmore years together. Not only has Sean Thrived since being switched from Wing to Center Full Time he’s increased his offensive output with no learning curve which you usually see in jumps like this .

Mccarron for example took 6 years to make that jump after being drafted a Winger due to injury to his OHL team he was put at Center in a Memorial Cup run so they switched him there where he struggled at the Pro Level to find consistency.

Sean’s overachieved and 2/3rds of his line are Hobey Baker Favorites as a result of his playmaking and vision largely. Like Coach Nicholas said in the Rookie Camp “we have a special player in this kid”

For all these reasons, all the adversity he faced and came out better for doing so.
This is why i think jumping to the NHL after his Junior year is not only entirely possible but i predict is what will happen. MTL would normally wait if they planned on developing him at Center longterm but i feel as if he’ll slot in beside Caufield-Suzuki with Dach joining Slafkovsky full time as JS had his best games beside Dach(even tho NS/CC did not )

If we land Bedard could you imagine it?
We’d have Two top line worthy units like PIT and BOS rocked for a decade+

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