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Canadiens Prospects: Jared Davidson Shines At Memorial Cup



Canadiens prospect Jared Davidson Memorial Cup

There are only a few games left to play at the 2023 Memorial Cup, and both Montreal Canadiens prospects involved in the tournament are still in the mix.

But thanks to an excellent effort from Jared Davidson, the Seattle Thunderbirds are in a much healthier situation than Owen Beck and the Peterborough Petes.

Thor’s Own

The Thunderbirds faced their first setback of the Memorial Cup during their frustrating 3-1 loss to the Quebec Remparts on Monday, but as has been the case throughout the season, they quickly bounced back.

It was easy to anticipate given they’ve eliminated the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL playoffs for two years running, but the Thunderbirds’ dominant 6-1 win against the host team was much closer to a statement game than a simple win.

Seattle returned to the style of play that has served them so well this season, a relentless forecheck paired with an endless stream of talented offensive players that simply cannot resist driving the net to create high-danger chances.

Davidson started the festivities by setting up Thunderbirds Captain Lucas Ciona for his second goal of the tournament.

As is tradition, Davidson drove the net with the tenacity of a toucan following the scent of a sugar-filled cereal, creating just enough chaos in the Blazers’ crease with his backhand shot to allow Ciona to capitalize on a rebound opportunity.

But the Canadiens prospect was not done yet.

With the score tied 1-1, the Thunderbirds’ regular-season leading scorer found another gear, using his fantastic accuracy to sneak a puck past Dylan Ernst.

It was the momentum change the Thunderbirds desperately needed, not to mention the game-winning goal that secured their place in the semifinal.

Davidson added to his tally early in the third period, assisting on Kyle Crnkovic’s fourth goal of the tournament.

It was easily one of his best games of the season, but we’ve come to expect this type of performance from Davidson, who may very well be the most underrated player in the Canadiens’ prospect pool.

On The Docket

Davidson’s excellent showing ensured the Thunderbirds advanced directly to the semifinal. They’ll face the winner of the tiebreak match between the Petes and the Blazers, which takes place on Thursday. The puck drop is scheduled for 9 PM ET.

It may end up being Beck’s final game of his busy season, but if history is any indication, there’s still a lot of fight left in the Petes.

It’s a do-or-die situation, however, despite their embarrassing 10-2 loss at the hands of the Blazers earlier this week, the Petes have shown a tendency to rise to the challenge when it matters most, as evidenced by their surprising win against the previously undefeated Quebec Remparts on Tuesday night.

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Relentless forecheck. I hope MSL is watching and brings that structure to the Habs instead of 1 player weakly forechecking the the other 2 peel off. The MSL system gives time and space. They don’t use pressure to take away time and space. I still think he could use better help behind the bench.


Definitely on special teams!

John Stone

wow.. davidson is a great player. Hope to see him in a habs jersey one day.


Of course you will. This is how I envision the Hab’s center position lineup in 2+ years:
Suzuki, Smith, Beck, Davidson.