Montreal Canadiens QMJHL Prospects Begin Playoffs After Terrific Season

BOISBRIAND, QC - NOVEMBER 17: Xavier Simoneau (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
BOISBRIAND, QC - NOVEMBER 17: Xavier Simoneau (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

The Montreal Canadiens have a plethora of prospects who will be playing hockey well into the spring this season.

The Laval Rocket are about to begin their AHL postseason on Friday, and several Junior prospects are hopeful for long playoff runs in the respective Canadian Hockey League circuits.

Four of them play in the QMJHL and all of them begin their playoff quest this season after strong regular seasons.

William Trudeau is an offensive minded defender who scored 44 points in 68 games for the Islanders. He was a fourth round pick of the Habs last year and will play a big role on the back end for Charlottetown who have dreams of a lengthy playoff run.

Xavier Simoneau and William Trudeau will be playing for the heavily favoured Charlottetown Islanders when the puck drops tonight on their Best-of-5 series. The Islanders will take on the Moncton Wildcats in a rivalry series, but Charlottetown finished 38 points ahead of the Wildcats in the standings.

Simoneau was one of their most dangerous offensive players. He missed 20 games with injury, but still finished second on the team in scoring with 86 points in 48 games. He was on pace for 122 points over a full 68 games season which would have put him just ahead of Joshua Roy for the league lead.

Speaking of Joshua Roy, his Sherbrooke Phoenix will be in action tonight as well. They finished first in the Western Conference and will face the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Sherbrooke finished 40 points ahead of the Drakkar and should win the first round easily.

The only question in this series seems to be, just how many points can Roy pile up? He couldn’t be stopped by anyone in the regular season and is facing one of the weakest teams in the QMJHL in a Best-of-5 round. Roy was the QMJHL’s scoring champion with 119 points in 66 games.

The two teams played each other four times in the regular season and the Habs prospect put up nine points. It should be a fun series for the Canadiens 5th round pick out of the 2021 NHL Draft.

Riley Kidney is poised for a big first round as well. His Acadie-Bathurt Titan will host the Halifax Mooseheads in Game 1 of their opening round Best-of-5 series tonight. Kidney finished first in the league in assists with 70 and had 100 points at season’s end which ranked 7th.

The two teams are certainly familiar with each other having played nine games head to head in the regular season. Kidney put up 14 points in those games and is from the Halifax area so he will be sure to bring his A game to this first round series.

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