Canadiens Prospect Watch: Farrell Dominant In NCAA Playoffs
The NCAA playoffs are in full swing, giving some players in the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool their last opportunities to leave their mark on their collegiate legacy.
Unsurprisingly, Sean Farrell immediately rose to the challenge, scoring two goals and two assists in Harvard’s two-game sweep of Princeton.
Much has been made of Farrell’s NHL readiness, and with good reason. He’s not just one of the most productive prospects in the entire NCAA, he owns a well-rounded skillset that allows him to thrive in every situation
Farrell jams it home🚨
His second gritty goal of the game
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— Harvard Men's Hockey (@HarvardMHockey) March 11, 2023
His versatility goes beyond simply having the ability to play important powerplay and penalty kill minutes. He’s evolved into a double threat from an offensive standpoint, keeping defencemen guessing as to his intentions, which creates time and space for his linemates.
If I had to pick a nit, I’d suggest he should utilize his shot a little more often.
However, it’s also fair to say he’s done a great job maximizing the assets on his line, which has led to a great year for the Harvard Crimson, who face Cornell in the ECAC semifinals on March 17th,
I’m not sold on the idea that he’s guaranteed a roster spot next season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Farrell spends the majority of the year in the AHL, but for now, we can look forward to Farrell to making his NHL debut in either the penultimate or final game of the Canadiens’ schedule.
A rocket in the slot from Phil Tresca 🚀
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— Harvard Men's Hockey (@HarvardMHockey) March 12, 2023
Other Montreal Canadiens Prospect News And Highlights
- He managed to assist on Northeastern’s only goal of the game, but it wasn’t enough, as Jayden Struble‘s NCAA career may have come to an end, pending a draw on March 19th. He fits into the tweener category of prospects, in that there are several elements of his game (physical maturity, offensive instincts) that are encouraging, but there are some red flags in his game (defensive positioning, decision-making) that could hold him back when it comes to thriving in a professional hockey setting.
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- Lane Hutson registered an assist in Boston University’s dominant 7-3 win over Vermont. He was a little unlucky not to register a multi-point effort, but the Terriers are moving on to the HE semifinals nonetheless. They’re set to face Providence, the very team that eliminated Struble from the playoffs.
- Owen Beck scored one of his nicest goals of the year in Peterborough’s 4-2 win over Kingston. It snapped a nine game scoreless streak and put a fine point on Beck’s recent offensive resurgence. Beck has five points in his last four outings.
Owen Beck makes it look easy! 😍 @CanadiensMTL prospect @owenbeck92 shows off his #BestOfOHL hands and buries on the breakaway 🎥@PetesOHLhockey | @MilkUPOntario | #MilkUPxOHL pic.twitter.com/TrQtmVIcO8
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) March 10, 2023
- Jared Davidson continues to produce great numbers in the WHL. Thanks to a hat trick on Friday night against Tri-City, Davidson now has 38 goals and 41 assists in just 55 games this season. Yes, he’s older than most of his competition and anything short of dominance would be disappointing given he’s more physically mature than his opponents, but there’s only so many qualifiers we can put into place before we start to include Davidson in the Canadiens prospect conversation. His production is simply too strong to ignore.