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Canadiens Prospect Report: Top Players Advance in CHL Playoffs



Montreal Canadiens forward Joshua Roy

It’s a busy time of year for every Montreal Canadiens prospect currently participating in the Canadian Hockey League playoffs.

Well, relatively speaking, anyhow.

Four of the Canadiens’ most productive players, Joshua Roy, Riley Kidney, Logan Mailloux, and Jared Davidson, have already booked their tickets to the semifinals of their respective leagues, doing so with little very little difficulty.

Prospects Advancing

Roy, currently second in QMJHL scoring with 22 points in just eight games, is yet to suffer a defeat, as his Sherbrooke Phoenix easily dispatched the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Drummondville Voltigeurs with a clean series sweep in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Kidney, currently tied for third in QMJHL scoring with 18 points in nine games, also enjoyed a second-round sweep, as the powerhouse Gatineau Olympiques toyed with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in a terribly one-sided second-round series.

Both Kidney and Roy must wait for the conclusion of the Halifax Mooseheads and Moncton Wildcats series to find out which team they’ll face next.

Mailloux, who was facing Filip Mesar and the Kitchener Rangers in the second round, advanced to the second round thanks to a decisive 4-1 series win. Mailloux currently sits third in playoff scoring among OHL defencemen, with 10 points in nine games.

As for Davidson, the Seattle Thunderbirds’ regular-season leading scorer, he has produced 13 points in eight games, good for 10th in WHL scoring. He helped power his team to a perfect 8-0 record through two rounds of playoff hockey, including a series sweep in round two versus the Prince George Cougars.

They’re likely to face another high-flying team in the third round, the Kamloops Blazers, who happen to be the host team for the Memorial Cup this season, and also happen to be the very team Seattle beat in the 2022 playoffs to advance to the league championship.

Still Battling

The only Canadiens prospects still fighting to advance to the third round are Owen Beck and Vinzenz Rohrer, who are facing off in the second round of the OHL playoffs.

Beck’s Peterborough Petes hold an impressive 3-1 series lead over Rohrer and the 67’s, a rather astonishing development considering how poorly Peterborough played down the stretch and how well Ottawa played throughout the entire season.

Neither prospect has stood out from an offensive standpoint, preferring to hone their defensive skills when the games matter most.

Game 5 of the series will take place on Saturday, with the 67’s facing elimination at their home rink at Lansdowne Park. The puck drop is scheduled for 4 PM ET.


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