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Here’s all the latest Habs news, highlights, and stories you may have missed this weekend.
- The 2024 World Junior Championship gets underway in earnest on Boxing Day, but that hasn’t stopped Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson from showing why he’s considered one of the best players outside of the NHL. His play to help Team USA open the scoring versus Team Canada is a perfect example of what he brings to the table. [GOTTA SEE IT: Canadiens Prospect Lane Hutson’s Great Play]
- Hutson wasn’t done there. On top of driving the play throughout the game, he also stole a puck from fellow Habs prospect Owen Beck in overtime and scored a great game-winning goal. [Canadiens Prospect Lane Hutson Plays Hero For Team USA]
- Much ink has been spilled when discussing Nick Suzuki’s potential. Some have had a hard time accepting he can be a top-line centre, but his underlying numbers this season confirm what many knew all along: Suzuki has what it takes to be a first-line centre in the NHL that provides important primary scoring as well as sustainable underlying numbers. [Canadiens Nick Suzuki Improved Crucial Aspects Of His Play]
- Prospect Vinzenz Rohrer is having a relatively quiet, but interesting season in the NL. He has five goals and four assists in 29 games, which is more than acceptable given he mostly plays on the third line. He’s also evolved into a Rafael Harvey-Pinard/Brendan Gallagher-type player, outworking most of his opponents and creating havoc in the crease.
— Patrik Bexell (@Zeb_Habs) December 23, 2023
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- The New Jersey Devils continue to struggle in the goaltending department. But there may be a solution in the works. The Devils have shown interest in Habs goaltender Jake Allen. [New Jersey Devils]
- Florida Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk joined Florida Hockey Now from the team’s brand-new training facility on Friday for the second episode of FHN 1-on-1. [Florida Panthers]
- As it happens, Team Canada and Team Finland meet in an opening game Tuesday at the World Junior Championships, and that means three Pittsburgh Penguins prospects will be involved. [Pittsburgh Penguins]