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Grading Montreal Canadiens Prospects Performance At World Junior Championships

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Reway was the only Canadiens prospect to be knocked out in the quarterfinal, and the other five had an opportunity to play for medals.

 

Charles Hudon started the tournament as the thirteenth forward for Canada but quickly found himself slotted alongside the team’s two best offensive players in Anthony Mantha and Jonathan Drouin. He was placed there partially because the trio had some chemistry from the QMJHL, and partly to be the defensive presence on an otherwise backcheck free line.

To be honest, I was pretty disappointed in his offense. He did not create a whole lot for a guy who had over a point per game with the Chicoumiti Sagueneens and finished the tournament with just one goal and two points in seven games. Pretty underwhelming when you consider his linemates combined for 20 points in the same time frame.

However, he was a good defensive presence on the line, and really allowed Drouin and Mantha the freedom to be as creative and care free as they wanted to be when they had the puck. He was not used with the big guns on the power play, as the cherished spot alongside the dynamic Q duo was given to Curtis Lazar or Nic Petan throughout the tournament.

I would give Hudon a B- for first earning huge minutes, but then not taking advantage of the role.

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Topics: Charles Hudon, Martin Reway, Montreal Canadiens, Zach Fucale

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