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Here is where all the Habs’ up-and-coming talent will be playing this season.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Jacob Fowler (G), 2023, #69 overall – Boston College
A freshman graduating from the high school system, where he saw considerable success. Will it translate to the next level?
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) October 14, 2023
Lane Hutson (LD), 2022, #62 – Boston University
After an incredible rookie year saw him nominated as a top-10 Hobey Baker finalist, Hutson is back for another go at the Championship, this time with 2024 draft-eligible, highly-touted prospects, Macklin Celebrini, and 2023 Vancouver first-round pick (11 overall), Tom Willander joining his team.
Luke Tuch (LW), 2020, #47 – Boston University
Will Alex Tuch’s brother’s offensive breakout come in his fourth NCAA season? Time is ticking, and the numbers just haven’t been there for this second-round pick.
Lane Hutson walks the line and Luke Tuch gets the deflection for a BU goal! pic.twitter.com/gAnoezh7Pc
— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) October 14, 2023
Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Owen Beck (C), 2022, #33 overall – Peterborough Petes
A third and final year in the junior ranks might be the one where the responsible two-way centerman unlocks a new offensive gear, as his team relies more heavily on him for scoring.
Florian Xhekaj (LW), 2023, #101 overall – Brantford Bulldogs
Nick Bobrov dubbed him a “unicorn” before picking him in the last draft. The youngest Xhekaj brother has grown significantly in recent years and plays a mean brand of hockey. Will there be production growth in his second OHL season, too?
Cedric Guindon, (LW/C), 2022, #127th overall – Owen Sound Attack
Guindon is a Franco-Ontarian prospect currently playing for the Owen Sound Attack. He finished his first season in the OHL with over a point per game, and he’ll look to build upon his very solid showing at camp to become a leader for the Attack this season.
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Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
Bogdan Konyushkov (RD), 2023, #110 overall – Torpedo Nizhny Novrogod
Drafted as a 20-year-old, this defenceman is starting to turn heads, logging big minutes and contributing offensively, at a very young age, against impressive KHL competition. Could he be a 23’ draft steal?
#Habs prospect Bogdan Konyushkov was named the defenceman of the week in the KHL.
Thanks to head coach Igor Larionov, Konyushkov isn't just getting some TOI, he is playing the most minutes of any KHL defenceman.
Very encouraging for his development ⬇️https://t.co/9LlneN8WUR
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) September 26, 2023
Oliver Kapanen (C), 2021, #64 overall – KalPa
A great 200-foot player, Kasperi Kapanen’s brother saw some production growth, last year, and accrued ice time as a result. Cut from the same cloth as Owen Beck, he could be an interesting depth piece for the Montreal Canadiens, when he eventually crosses the pond. Can he build on what he’s done last year?
National League (NL)
David Reinbacher (RD), 2023, #6 overall – EHC Kloten
The first defenceman taken at last year’s draft, this mobile, and mature defenceman will be entrusted once more as his team’s defensive stalwart. After a strong showing at the Montreal Canadiens camp, one more year of pro hockey far from Montreal’s scrutiny might be the perfect last step in his development before coming over. If he’s healthy, that is.
Vinzenz Rohrer (C/RW), 2022, #75 overall – ZSC Lions
A quick and relentless forechecker, Rohrer is taking his talents to the bigger European rinks in Zurich, under Marc Crawford’s guidance. He will have a lot to learn – and prove – to earn his ice time.
Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
Adam Engström (LD), 2022, #92 overall – Rögle BK
At the young age of 21, Engström is already trusted with significant ice time after a solid 22-23 season and a strong World Junior Championship showing. Another potential key piece to a bolstered Montreal Canadiens blue line.
Adam Engstrom (No.56) looks like he's skating on velvet clouds that are filled with cashmere.
I know Lane Hutson received the bulk of the attention this season, but Engstrom may be as entertaining as the Boston University d-man: pic.twitter.com/Jtmae5EQzH
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) June 7, 2023
Filip Mesar (C/RW), 2022, #26 overall, Laval Rocket
After a timid first season on North American ice, with a struggling Kitchener Rangers team in the OHL, Mesar is looking to bounce back and showcase the skillset that got him drafted in the first round. He’s increasingly looking like the odd man out in Laval, whether he returns to junior hockey or in Europe remains to be seen.
Jared Davidson (C), 2022, #130 overall, Laval Rocket
After two prolific seasons in the Western Hockey League, Davidson left a strong impression at the Montreal Canadiens pre-season camp. For now, he’s playing with Laval, but he might end up in Trois-Rivières if the roster in Laval continues to suffer through a logjam.
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