Montreal Canadiens: Three Things To Look Forward To In 2023

Nov 29, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 20, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Team Canada forward Joshua Roy Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Team Canada forward Joshua Roy Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

Prospect Dominance

The Canadiens have prospects scattered around pretty much every team that has a legit chance of winning the World Juniors this week.

Joshua Roy has played extremely well on a stacked Canadian team and has earned a promotion to a line with Connor Bedard. Lane Hutson is playing a top four role for USA, Adam Engstrom is on the top pairing for Sweden, Oliver Kapanen is the first line centre for Finland, and Filip Mesar is a key contributor for Slovakia.

All five of those players will play in the Quarterfinals tomorrow and look to advance to the final four. Each and every one of them are playing key roles on their respective teams. But it isn’t just the World Junior prospects to keep an eye on in 2023.

Riley Kidney is scoring nearly 1.5 points per game in the QMJHL and is likely to be dealt to a Memorial Cup contender in the coming days. Owen Beck has 40 points in 30 games as an 18 year old centre in the OHL.

Logan Mailloux continues to score at a point per game pace as a defenceman for the London Knights. Cedrick Guindon of the Owen Sound Attack and Vinzenz Rohrer of the Ottawa 67’s as well as Mesar are 18 year old forwards averaging about 1.25 points per game in the OHL.

Sean Farrell continues to be one of the highest point producing players in college hockey for Harvard. Jesse Ylonen, Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Xavier Simoneau continue playing well for the Laval Rocket and are just waiting for a roster spot to open up at the NHL level before they can make the jump.