Montreal Canadiens: Arber Xhekaj Can Shoot The Puck How Hard!?

Nov 12, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj.
Nov 12, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj. / David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj has had an interesting career for a player who is yet to playthe equivalent of a full NHL season.

He was not drafted into the National Hockey League, or even the Ontario Hockey League, but is proving to be one of the more unique players in the league.

In his 78 career NHL games, Xhekaj has proven to be one of the most physical, violent players in the league. He is feared because of his 6'4" and 240 pound stature and ability to fight anyone in the league and come out victorious more often than not.

The 23 year old was sent down to the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League to work on the defensive side of his game and the early results are impressive. His defensive presence and physical nature make him a scary opponent to face, but he displayed another terrifying facet of his game earlier today.

The Canadiens are hosting their annual team skills competition at the Bell Centre. Players were able to show off their talents in accuracy shooting, breakaways as well as the classic hardest shot competition.

Xhekaj was in the hardest shot, and would have been a good bet to win it before the event started. We have all seen him hammer pucks from the point from time to time during NHL games, but no one knew just how hard he could really fire it.

He got all of one in the skills competition are uncorked the puck that was recorded at 107.2 miles per hour. To put that into perspective, Cale Makar won the NHL's hardest shot competition with a 102.56 mile per hour blast. The all time record at the event was recorded by Zdeno Chara at 108.8, a number that Xhekaj is not far off reaching.

We all knew players should be scared of facing Xhekaj in the defensive zone, but obviously he is a terrifying opponent in the offensive zone as well.