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Habs Daily: Hutson Thrives In Gold Medal Game, Heineman



Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson

Here’s all the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed Friday.

Habs News

  • Prospect Review- Montreal Canadiens draft pick Lane Hutson is officially a gold medalist. The 19-year-old phenom won gold with Team USA at the 2024 World Junior Championship. He was the busiest player at the tournament, logging more ice time than any other skater. He was also named one of the top defencemen of the entire event. Forward Filip Mesar also had a very productive tournament for Team Slovakia. [Canadiens World Juniors Prospect Review: Hutson & Mesar Shine]
  • Things got heated at the end of the gold medal game. A few Swedish players decided to team up on an American forward, which led to Hutson intervening. The 5’10” defenceman did not hesitate to take down his 6’4″ Swedish counterpart. [GOTTA SEE IT: Lane Hutson Embarrasses Swedish Bully]
  • Hutson was very busy throughout the World Junior Championship.

  • He only played three games for Team USA, but goaltender Jacob Fowler is also officially a gold medalist.

  • There was some good news at practice. Both Tanner Pearson and Rafael Harvey-Pinard skated ahead of the team’s main practice. They’re not quite ready to play yet, but a return to play shouldn’t be too far off the horizon. The Canadiens also called up forward Emil Heineman from the Laval Rocket. [Canadiens Practice Notes: Pearson & Harvey Pinard, Laval Call-Up]



National Hockey Now Network

  • While Habs fans maligned the pathetic performance of the team’s penalty kill units, the Buffalo Sabres celebrated the rebirth of their powerplay efficiency. [Buffalo Sabres]
  • Sidney Crosby was so good Thursday in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins that even his opponents offered unqualified praise. With a black eye and a healing gash beneath his left eye a few games ago, Crosby simply spoke of the importance of the win. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • Things are going to well for Jonathan Drouin in the last few weeks that the team may start entertaining the idea of a contract extension. [Colorado Avalanche]