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Canadiens Prospect Watch: Dobes, Farrell, Hutson On Fire (NCAA)



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Jakub Dobeš

Much has been made of the lack of talented goalies in the Canadiens prospect pool.

There’s some merit to the complaints given goaltending is arguably the weakest position in the organization, but Ohio State Buckeyes netminder Jakub Dobeš should not be overlooked.

The 2020 fifth-round pick is enjoying yet another great season in the NCAA and is coming off back-to-back wins against the Michigan University Wolverines, one of the best teams in the country.

The first game will officially count as a tie on his record, but it included shootout saves over such players as Adam Fantilli (2023 top prospect) and Frank Nazar (13th overall, 2022).

It wasn’t Dobeš best game from a statistical standpoint, but it’s also fair to point out Ohio State’s defence had a hard time containing Michigan’s explosive offence and had to rely on Dobeš to hold the fort on several occasions.


Dobeš earned his 18th win of the season a couple of days later, beating Michigan State at the first ever ‘Faceoff on the Lake’, an outdoor game that took place at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

He saved 35 of the 37 shots sent his way, and he did it without wasting an ounce of energy, which, combined with his 6’4 frame, was reminiscent of a Canadiens goalie who also has a fantastic wingspan and rarely panicked during his 14 years with the team.

That’s not to say Dobeš is ready to make the jump to the NHL and become a dominant goalie, but he’s not too far off from starting his professional career either, especially when you consider the dearth of talent among goaltenders in the organization.

Thanks to a 0.917 save percentage, the 2023 Hobey Baker nominee is the driving force behind Ohio State’s country-wide ranking (10th), and is the only goaltender the team trusts, which is not hyperbole. Dobeš has logged 1818 minutes of ice time this season, whereas his backups have been counted upon for a grand total of 37 minutes, combined.

Hutson And Farrell Continue To Dominate

For the second time this season, Lane Hutson suffered a devastating series of games, going two long games without scoring a point for Boston University in a loss to Boston College at the Beanpot, and Merrimack on Friday.

He quickly put an end to his version of a scoring drought the next night by scoring a goal and adding an assist in the Terriers’ 4-3 OT loss during the second leg of their matchup against Merrimack.

His goal was yet another buzzer-beater that was set up by some slick skating and a few fancy dangles. Hutson returned to his spot as the top-producing defenceman in the league with his two-point effort, with 10 goals and 28 assists in 29 games, one of the most impressive production rates for a freshman defenceman in NCAA history.

Not to be outdone, Sean Farrell scored in back-to-back games for the Harvard Crimson, including a two-goal, three-point effort against RPI.

His first goal was rather lucky, finding the back of the net while Farrell was trying to set up his linemate, but the second goal was pure skill, a one-timer that left the Rensselaer goal no chance.

On an interesting note, the defenceman that set up Farrell’s goal, Henry Thrun, recently announced he would not be signing with the team that drafted him, the Anaheim Ducks.

Thrun has five goals and 20 assists in 26 games this year as the team’s captain, and will surely be on the Canadiens’ radar given how often they tune into Harvard games to watch Farrell put together one of the best points-per-game scoring rates in the NCAA (1.7 PPG)

Other Canadiens Prospect News and Highlights

  • Riley Kidney had his second 5-point game since joining the Gatineau Olympiques. He now has a ridiculous nine goals and 25 assists in 14 games.

  • Canadiens prospect Joshua Roy also enjoyed a five-point game, and he followed it up with a three-point effort against the Moncton Wildcats the following night. He now officially has a nice 69 points on the season in just 41 games.

  • Defenceman Adam Engstrom earned his 13th point of the season in Rogle’s 7-6 loss to Frolunda.

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Told you Roy should be top 3. 8 points in 2 games kind of adds to my argument.


Anyone know why Thrun doesn’t want to sign with Anaheim? Sun, a rebuilding team with plenary of opportunities for ice time with special players like Zegras and McTavish. What’s not to like? Heck, he even has a good shot at playing with Bedard too!

Pierre B.

My guess is that he feels that his path to the NHL is hindered by Anaheim’s top two LHD prospects (Pavel Mintyukov and Olen Zellweger). By becoming a free agent, he’ll get to choose between teams who’ll offer him a contract. I think it is naive to believe that one competes only with the team’s prospects and players for a roster position. Reality is that, when a better player is available on another team, trades and waivers regularly add competitors.


Hutson did get a goal and an assist in the Saturday 4-3 overtime loss but he was a minus 3 for the game .


What about his other stats? +/- is considered an archaic stat now.

Last edited 9 months ago by Dave

All statistics are subjective including plus/minus . They ALL tell a story as well , The same can be said for the “advanced stats” that we see used a lot today . In an age where teams are employing whole departments to monitor statistics , discounting the value of plus/minus would be foolish . We can see every major hockey league in the world monitors this in game day and yearly analysis . That’s hardly archaic.