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Canadiens Prospect Watch: Farrell & Mailloux Heating Up



Montreal Canadiens prospect Logan Mailloux

It was a very productive week for several Montreal Canadiens prospects, with the likes of Sean Farrel, Logan Mailloux and Riley Kidney thriving under the spotlight.

Many Canadiens prospects are rising above adversity to lead their teams and taking major strides in their development in the most crucial part of their respective seasons.

Here’s who’s stood out the most over the last week:

Sean Farrell

Although Sean Farrell only played in two games over this past week, he made the most of them.

Playing in the first leg of the Beanpot earlier last week, Farrell was once again a clutch player for the Harvard Crimson, setting up two very important goals en route to a 4-3 win over the potent Boston College Eagles.

He then followed up his Beanpot performance with a five-point thrashing of the Dartmouth Big Green, bringing his season totals to a staggering 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points in just 24 games.

Farrell’s very productive week now puts him second overall in the scoring race in the NCAA, behind 2023 NHL Draft prospect and former Chicago Steel teammate, Adam Fantilli.

In fact, since the month of January, Farrell has been the most productive forward in the entire NCAA.

In his last 12 games since the start of 2023, Farrell has registered a staggering seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points; all while being the offensive catalyst for Harvard in crunch situations.

If Farrell can continue on this clip, he will surely be one of the finalists for the Hobey Baker award.

MUST READ: Sean Farrell Thriving, Chasing Hobey Baker

Logan Mailloux

Logan Mailloux has been on fire as of late for the London Knights.

The 19-year-old defenceman seems to have taken his game up a notch, participating in transition with more regularity and playing a more aggressive game in all three zones.

The 6’3 208lbs defender has also become more effective in his own end of late, as he’s now routinely tasked with shutting down the opposition’s top players and showing positive signs.

His gap control and decision-making without the puck have improved by leaps and bounds this season, a sign that he’s catching up on some crucial development time.

This week, Mailloux added two goals and three assists for five points in three games. By reaching 19 goals on the season, Mailloux is now tied with Seattle Kraken prospect Ty Nelson for the league lead in goals for a defenceman, while sitting in 10 place overall in scoring with 41 points in 42 games.

Riley Kidney

Riley Kidney continues to light up the QMJHL since being traded to the Gatineau Olympiques, putting up two goals and four assists in his last three games this past week.

The Montreal Canadiens’ 2nd-round pick in 2021 has fit in seamlessly with the Olympiques, posting an impressive nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points in just 13 games since being traded.

Having found immediate chemistry with Buffalo Sabres prospect, Olivier Nadeau, Kidney has taken the league by storm, vaulting himself back up to 6th overall in scoring in the league; while having the third-best points percentage in the QMJHL with 1.705.

With the way he’s going, Kidney looks primed to break through the 100-point plateau yet again this season.

Must Read: Riley Kidney Heating Up, Preparing For Pro

Joel Teasdale

With Rafaël Harvey-Pinard taking full advantage of his opportunity with the Montreal Canadiens during his most recent call-up; it’s left a big hole with the Laval Rocket.

The Canadiens depleting the forward ranks of the Laval Rocket with their many call-ups has, in turn, allowed other players to seize their own opportunities, such as Joël Teasdale.

The 23-year-old hasn’t had it easy since turning pro, with successive knee injuries in the last three seasons that have kept him from truly being able to play his style and gain some consistent ice-time.

After a very difficult start to the year that saw him rotate in and out of the lineup, Teasdale has not only secured himself a permanent spot in the lineup, he’s been Laval’s hottest player since Christmas.

The rugged winger added three goals to his season totals this weekend in Laval’s two victories over the Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets.

Since December 14, Teasdale has recorded an impressive 16 goals and seven assists for 23 points in just 21 games; proving that, when healthy, he remains a legitimate player in the Montreal Canadiens’ prospect cupboard.

Other Prospects

  • Despite the return of Nicholas Beaudin, William Trudeau remained on the top next to Corey Schueneman. He recorded two assists in the Laval Rocket’s victory over the Utica Comets and continues to be one of the most utilized defencemen, despite being only 20 years old.
  • Owen Beck is slowly getting more accustomed to his new environment with the Peterborough Petes; logging one goal and three assists in three games last week.
  • After the Kitchener Rangers fired their head coach, Filip Mesar has seemingly found his groove again; potting three goals and two assists for five points in his three games last week.
  • Lane Hutson only got one game in last week, in a losing cause against the Northeastern Huskies in the first leg of the Beanpot tournament. He still recorded an assist on Boston University’s lone goal; improving his season totals to nine goals and 27 assists for 36 points in just 26 games.