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Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings: Hutson’s Magical Season



Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson

The top players in the Canadiens prospect pool have not disappointed as the 2022-23 season approaches its final stretch of games.

As per usual, Lane Hutson stole the show, but he was far from the only player to impress.

Let’s jump right into it.

Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings Week 20


1. Lane Hutson, Defenceman, Boston University (NCAA). Drafted: 62nd overall (2022) Age: 18

Points This Week:  2 GP, 2 G, 1 A. Season Totals: 36 GP, 14 G, 33A, 7PTS.

Previous Ranking: 1st

Hutson played the hero during Boston University’s Hockey East Championship game, a 3-2 win over Merrimack.

Not only did he score the opening goal of the game, but he also clinched the championship by scoring his 14th goal of the season a minute and 57 seconds into overtime.

Hutson isn’t just playing well.

He isn’t just scoring highlight goals.

Hell, he isn’t just a very exciting prospect.

He’s enjoying the type of year you’d expect from a first-overall pick. He’s helping the Terriers win games in all three zones. He’s arguably one of the most captivating and thrilling prospects in recent hockey history.


2. Sean Farrell,  C/LW, Harvard University (NCAA). Drafted: 124th overall (2020), Age: 21

Points This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A Season Totals: 33 GP, 20 G, 31 A, 52 PTS.

Previous Ranking: 2nd

Farrell earned one assist in Harvard’s 3-2 loss against Colgate Saturday. Harvard will have an opportunity to redeem themselves on Friday, March 21st, as they’ll face Jakub Dobes and the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal.

One assist in two games is well below Farrell’s regular scoring pace, but given how well he’s played all season, it’s not enough to drop him from the No.2 spot in our Canadiens prospect power rankings.


3. Joshua Roy, Right Wing, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL). Drafted: 150th overall (2021), Age: 19 

Points This Week: 2 GP, 3 G, 4 A  Season Totals: 52 GP, 41 G, 49 A, 90 PTS.

Previous Ranking: 4th (+1)

Last week a commenter argued I should have Roy a little higher in my rankings, despite having him fourth on the list.

And I have to say, they were right, as evidenced by Roy’s natural hat trick against the Val d’Or Foreurs.

Roy is one of the hottest players in the CHL at the moment and is coming off a seven-point week which included just two games. His great showing pushed his season totals to 90 points in 52 games, which is good for 1.7 points per game, the fourth-highest scoring pace in the QMJHL.

Thanks to his excellent week and a timely reminder from our comments section, Roy jumps back into the top 3.


4. Adam Engstrom, Defenceman. Rogle BK Angelholm (SHL). Drafted: 92nd overall (2022), Age: 19

Points This Week: 3 GP, 1 G, 0 A Season Totals: 39 GP, 6 G, 10 A, 16 PTS. SHL Playoffs: 6 GP, 2 G, 0 A.

Previous Rank: 3rd (-1)

Engstrom scored another playoff goal for Rogle, who are currently down 2-1 in their SHL quarterfinals series against Skelleftea. It was an excellent goal which displayed his creativity and fantastic shot.

I know I’ve shovelled a lot of coal into the Engstrom hype train this season, but the more I watch him, the less worried I get about overselling his potential.

He’s not NHL-ready by any means, but he has the type of skillset that can complement most NHL rosters.


5. Riley Kidney, Centre, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Drafted: 63rd overall (2021), Age: 19

Points This Week: 2 GP, 1 G, 2 A. Season Totals: 55 GP, 27 G, 76 A, 103 PTS.

Previous Ranking: 5th

Kidney earned three points in back-to-back games against Shawinigan, pushing his projected season totals to 108 points in 60 games.

Some may point to the fact that he plays on a powerhouse team as a reason to doubt his NHL potential, however, there’s no denying he has been a crucial part of the Olympiques’ offence since joining the team at the trade deadline.


6. Owen Beck, Centre, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Drafted: 32nd overall (2022), Age: 18

Last Week: 3 GP, 1 G, 3 A  Season Totals: 57 GP, 23 G, 40  A, 63 PTS

Previous Ranking: 6th

Another solid week from Beck almost led to him returning to the top 5, but the most important thing to focus on this week is Beck’s offensive resurgence.

With four more points in the books, Beck now has 22 points in 27 games with Peterborough, which is rather encouraging considering he struggled to score in his first few weeks with his new team.


7. Logan Mailloux, Defenceman, London Knights (OHL). Drafted: 31st overall (2021), Age: 19

Points This Week: 2 GP, 1 G, 2 A. Season Totals: 56 GP, 24 G, 27 A, 51 PTS.

Previous Ranking: 8th (+1)

Mailloux reached the 50-point plateau for the first time in his OHL career thanks to a three-point effort against the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday night. Mailloux missed London’s previous game while serving a one-game suspension for his actions in the dying moments of March 10th’s matchup against Sudbury.

His production has been a little inconsistent of late, at least for his standards, but his offensive outburst was enough to propel him past Filip Mesar for 7th in the Canadiens prospect power rankings.


8. Filip Mesar, Right Wing, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Drafted: 26th overall (2022). Age: 18 

Points This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 2 A Season Totals: 50 GP, 17 G, 32 A, 40 PTS

Previous Ranking: 7th (-1)

It was a relatively quiet week for Mesar from an offensive standpoint. That’s not to say he had poor outings. He probably deserved more than one point in Sunday’s game against Kingston, but as we all know, there’s no room for ‘deserve’ in sports.

His assist against Owen Sound was a thing of beauty and merits a replay or twelve.


9. Jakub Dobes, Goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA), Drafted: 136th overall (2020), Age: 21

Stats This Week: 0 GP, 0 Win,  0.00%.  Season Totals: 20-15-3, 0.918 SV%, 2.35 GAA, 3 SO.

Previous Ranking: 9th

Dobes has not played since the disappointing 7-3 loss against Michigan on March 11th. He will have an opportunity to redeem himself when he faces Farrell and the Harvard Crimson in the NCAA East Regional First Round, which takes place on Friday, March 24th.


10. ?????

I’m going to shake things up a little and give fans an opportunity to make their case for the player who deserves the 10th spot on our Canadiens prospect power rankings this week.

There’s no denying I spend a lot of time watching Habs prospects, but I tend to think the only difference between a fan opinion and a media opinion is the credential badge that hangs off the neck of the latter.

In other words, when it comes to prospects, fans shouldn’t just have their input, it’s oftentimes the most reliable opinion on the matter.

Let us know who ranks 10th in the replies below!


The Canadiens’ prospect power rankings are based on the overall season, as well as the most recent week of action.

Factors such as the strength of a prospect’s team, the league in which they play, their age, and expectations related to their draft position will also be considered.

Week 1: Lane Hutson Takes Top Spot

Week 2: Owen Beck Jumps To First

Week 3: Lots Of Movement In The Top 10

Week 4: Lane Hutson Back In First Place

Week 5: Prospects Heating Up Ahead Of WJC

Week 6: Sean Farrell’s Impressive Scoring

Week 7: Filip Mesar Shines

Week 8: Owen Beck Takes Over First Place

Week 9: Filip Mesar Makes A Big Jump

Week 10: The Jakub Dobes Show

Week 11: New Reigning Champion

Week 12: Kidney Scoring At Will

Week 13: Top Canadiens Prospect Thriving

Week 14: Hutson Reigns Supreme

Week 15: Sean Farrell Excels

Week 16: There’s No Stopping Sean Farrell

Week 17: Farrell and Kidney Battle For 1st

Week 18: Hutson’s Dominant Season

Week 19: Hobey Baker Award Edition

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I am of the belief William Trudeau should be the 10th player on this list.

He has become a top 2-3 defenceman at age 20 in the AHL. Hard thing to do. There are no real weaknesses there – he has size, he skates well, good skills, good hockey brain, defends well.

Pierre B.

#10 Joel Teasdale, based on his overall season thus far.
Playing on the Rocket’s top line, he’s currently the prospect who’s facing the toughest level of competition. This 23-year-old 20 goals ranks second behind only Anthony Richard’s 24 goals. When compared with all of his teammates who are now playing in the NHL, he ranks quite well in terms of goal per game and points per game.
His production exceeds Raphaël Harvey-Pinard’s AHL production, both in goal and point per game. Teasdale plays a similar gritty game that could translate well in the NHL as a bottom-6 forward; I would like him to play a few games in the NHL to see how he would handle the faster pace game. I’m not worried about his size. Don’t let his 5’11” frame fool you as he weight 218 lbs; that’s a lot of muscle.
I would not argue that he deserves to be higher on this list today because he did not score a point in his last 3 games. But, his team has been depleted of all its best players lately.

My runner-up is 20-year-old William Trudeau, who I believe has more potential. I want to see him continue his progression. I gave Teasdale the #10 because I value NHL-readiness a little higher.


I totally agree with these rankings Marc! I don’t think you can go wrong with Trudeau or Teasdale as #10 but I do think Jared Davidson should be in the conversation. I know he’s 20 playing in the WHL, but he has been a stud on a dominant Thunderbirds team going 39-43-82 & +42 in 59gp. He’s shown tremendous finish, compete and he is more well-rounded than most people might think. I am excited to see what the future holds for this kid!


Thank You Mark. Now can I convince you to put him even higher? LOL, just kidding.
I have no issues with any spot in the top 3 for Roy, Farrell or Hutson, in any order.
I prefer Roy, only because of his size and he has more grit than the other 2 and both these things will help him in the NHL. I hear Hutson has grown a bit, so that is good. As a Dman, you have to deal with big bodies in the corners and in front of the net, so that is my biggest fear with him. Farrell is small too and I worry if he will be able to survive. We are seeing more and more small but skilled player’s, but injuries are always a concern. Just my preference, with the way Hutson and Farrell have played this year, they deserve there spots on your list.

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