Welcome to the second edition of “Notes” on Montreal Canadiens prospects in their respective leagues. Below are general notes and total statistics at roughly the halfway point of the season for all Habs prospects playing in the NCAA.
LW Jack Gorniak: Gorniak is a motor that never stops, he hunts down the puck using his quickness and agility to get around the ice. He’s got speed to burn and has shown some decent puck protection skills. He isn’t afraid to engage in a battle in the corner and drive to the net.
LD Jordan Harris: Harris has been very impressive for Northeastern logging top-four minutes all year. His skating is excellent, his edges and the way he maneuvers is something to watch. He’s been able to make simple yet effective plays to quickly get out of his own end. Offensively he’s shown flashes of good playmaking and vision.
RD Nikolas Koberstein: Koberstein has been an anchor for the Alaska Fairbanks backend all season playing in all situations. He’s been very physical defensively whether it’s in front of the net clearing the crease or in the corners. Offensively there’s not much there for Koberstein.
C Ryan Poehling: Poehling is a complete two-way player that has dominated shifts at times. He’s been efficient and effective in his own zone anticipating plays and using his smarts and vision to quickly transition. He uses his frame well in protecting the puck, his hockey IQ in anticipating and his vision and playmaking in being very creative offensively.
G Cayden Primeau: He hasn’t had as many lights out games as last season but he’s still been solid for the Huskies. Primeau has shown some excellent poise in the net. He’s been very economical with his movements and positioning which attributes from his ability to read the play.
C Brett Stapley: Stapley has had a surprisingly productive start to his NCAA career. His playmaking and vision have been very apparent, especially on the powerplay. He’s had a strong start on the faceoffs and has also shown some great straight line speed and good edges in tight turns and pivots.