Yesterday the year-end review of the Montreal Canadiens took place. We’ve learned several things, both about the awful season now behind us and what’s going to happen at CH.
One of those elements coming up that Kent Hughes, general manager of the Habs mentioned, is the sheer number of expectations in the CH bank.
Among those prospects, Kent Hughes named three who are not yet with the big club. He mentioned Kaiden Guhle, Jan Mysak and Arber Xhekaj,
This overview will therefore focus on these three wishes.
Let’s start with Xhekaj.
Arber Xhekaj – Left Handed Defender – 21 years
The 6-foot-4, 204-pound defenseman is currently enjoying a very strong playoff run in the OHL.
Indeed, in the deciding game of the series between his team, the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Petes of Peterborough, Xhekaj scored two points (a goal and an assist).
His two points helped the Bulldogs win Game 4 7-3 to win the series against the Petes.
Arber Xhekaj – 1g, 1y, 1 shot, 2 pims, +2https://t.co/loNrE8jBcZ
— Serenity Hockey (@HockeySerenity) April 29, 2022
Xhekaj now has three points (two goals and one assist) in four playoff games. It will be interesting to see if the OHL continues to produce brute into the second round.
The more time passes, the more Xhekaj makes a name for himself among the CH’s hopes. Several fans are starting to get excited about Xhekaj and that’s understandable. A big defender who tackles like a machine, can produce offensively and has an outlandish personality is just about the perfect mix to become a crowd favorite in Montreal.
Plus, the fact that Kent Hughes names Xhekaj as an upcoming CH prospect has made Habs fans even more excited.
Kent Hughes just named Arber Xhekaj among the players coming. I was already excited about him, I am even more! #GoHabsGo
— Etienne Ferland (@EtienneFerland) Apr 30, 2022
In short, I can’t wait to see how the Canadian defender will behave during the next Canadian training camp.
Jan Mysak – Center – 19 years
Here’s another one who is now in the second round of the OHL playoff table after beating the Peterborough Petes with Xhekaj.
CH’s hopes drafted in the second round (48th overall) in 2020 have a good run in the silence of Xhekaj and McTavish.
He has yet to find the back of the net in four games, but he has still provided four assists.
Applause for the chemistry of the @BulldogsOHL forward body
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) April 28, 2022
— rob (@IvanIvanlvan) Apr 25, 2022
Even if Mysak has had some problems this season, he remains one of the strong hopes in the CH bench. Moreover, if Kent Hughes has named him, it is because he believes in him and in his development.
Kaiden Guhle – Left Handed Defender – 20 years old
The WHL Edmonton Oil Kings defender is now also in the second round of the playoffs after beating the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
In four games, Guhle has two goals and three assists in the first round of the play-offs.
Like Xhekaj, that’s pretty impressive for a defender.
Kaiden Guhle – 1g, 3 shots, 4 pims, +1. In 3 play-off matches he has 2 goals and 5 points. https://t.co/QMJD4Sypf0
— Serenity Hockey (@HockeySerenity) April 27, 2022
Guhle continues to make rapid progress since he was drafted by the Habs. If many were skeptical about his attacking play at the time of the draft, that’s a thing of the past as Guhle has drastically improved the attacking side of his game.
He has clearly improved his shot and he is much more attacking than before. In short, he really acts like a defender ready to go to the pros.
In short, Guhle is definitely one to keep an eye on at the next CH training camp.
It will also be interesting to see how far the CH’s hopes will go in the playoffs and maybe even the Memorial Cup.
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Steelline is Steelline. Kotkaniemi with Martinook, Stepan.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) May 1, 2022
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— TVA Sports (@TVASport) May 1, 2022
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