Here are your Montreal Canadiens Mid-Season Prospects Rankings…

Current prospects such as Charlie Lindgren and Victor Mete have not been included as they are 25 years of age or have played in more than 82 NHL games. Michael McCarron was not included in the pre-season rankings as I had expected him to graduate this year, so for consistency sake, he will not be included in the mid-season rankings. Gustav Olofsson has not been included as he’s been injured for the whole season. Arvid Henrikson was included in the pre-season rankings but the fact that he is currently playing in the NAHL and his rights are likely to be relinquished, he will not be included in the mid-season rankings.

Since the release of the Pre-Season rankings, the Canadiens have acquired prospects, Joël Teasdale and Nick Suzuki. The following players who were included in those rankings have since left the organization, Nikita Scherbak, Will Bitten, Rinat Valiev, Jeremiah Addison and Michal Moravčík.

Ranking Criteria is as follows from most valuable to least valuable.

Position Value: 1st/2nd line center, 1st line winger, 1st/2nd pairing defenseman, Starting goalie, 2nd line winger, 3rd line center, 3rd line winger, Backup goalie, 4th line center, 3rd pairing defenseman, 4th line winger.

Rankings are weighted by NHL or professional league probability, skating, and skills as being the most valuable attributes. I’ve also added a “player attributes” description for each player noting they’re key features.


 

1. Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Center | Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Player Attributes: Hockey IQ / Playmaking / Vision / Puck Skills / Puck Protection

2. Nick Suzuki | Center/Right Wing | Guelph Storm (OHL)
Player Attributes: Playmaking / Vision / Puck Handling / Puck Skills / Accurate Release

3. Ryan Poehling | Center | St. Cloud State Huskies (NCHC)
Player Attributes: Hockey IQ / Two-Way Play / Playmaking / Vision / Powerful Stride

4. Josh Brook | Right Defense | Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Player Attributes: Acceleration / Vision / Outlet & Stretch Passing / Puck Handling

5. Noah Juulsen | Right Defense | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Smooth Skating / Heavy Release / Breakout Passing / Gap Control

6. Jesse Ylönen | Right Wing | Lahden Pelicans (Liiga)
Player Attributes: Speed / Acceleration / Puck Handling / Hockey IQ / Playmaking / Vision

7. Alexander Romanov | Left Defense | CSKA Moskva (KHL)
Player Attributes: Powerful Stride / Heavy Release / Physicality / Outlet Passing / Vision

8. Joni Ikonen | Center/Right Wing | KalPa Kuopio (Liiga)
Player Attributes: Puck Skills / Playmaking / Accurate Wrist Shot / Shifty Skating

9. Cayden Primeau | Goaltender | Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East)
Player Attributes: Vision / Hockey Sense / Positioning / Movement & Athleticism

10. Cale Fleury | Right Defense | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Skating / Puck Carrying / Heavy Slapshot / Physicality

11. Jake Evans | Center | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Puck Skills / Hockey IQ / Two-Way Play / Playmaking / Vision

12. Cam Hillis | Center | Guelph Storm (OHL)
Player Attributes: Hockey IQ / Playmaking / Vision / Puck Skills / Skating

13. Allan McShane | Center/Left Wing | Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Player Attributes: Playmaking / Vision / Heavy & Accurate Release / Hockey IQ / Puck Handling

14. Jacob Olofsson | Center | Timrå IK (SHL)
Player Attributes: Hockey IQ / Two-Way Play / Puck Handling / Puck Skills

15. Cole Fonstad | Left Wing | Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Player Attributes: Playmaking / Vision / Hockey IQ / Puck Handling

16. Jordan Harris | Left Defense | Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East)
Player Attributes: Speed / Puck Carrying / Puck Handling / Vision

17. Jarret Tyszka | Left Defense | Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Player Attributes: Smooth Skating / Long Stride / Hockey IQ / Vision / Puck Carrying

18. Brett Stapley | Center | Denver Pioneers (NCHC)
Player Attributes: Speed / Puck Skills / Shooting / Playmaking / Vision

19. Michael McNiven | Goaltender | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Movement / Athleticism / Rebound Control / Vision / Glove Hand

20. Lukas Vejdemo | Center | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Skating / Two-Way Play / Hockey IQ / Puck Handling

21. Joël Teasdale | Left Wing | Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Player Attributes: Two-Play / Hockey IQ / Puck Handling / Puck Protection / Puck Skills

22. Samuel Houde | Center | Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
Player Attributes: Speed / Puck Handling / Puck Skills / Wrist Shot

23. Scott Walford | Left Defense | Victoria Royals (WHL)
Player Attributes: Smooth Skating / Breakout Passing / Physicality

24. Jack Gorniak | Left Wing | Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten)
Player Attributes: Speed / Vision / Puck Skills / Two-Way Play

25. Alexandre Alain | Center/Right Wing | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Wrist Shot / Skating / Puck Skills / Playmaking / Two-Way Play

26. David Sklenička | Left Defense | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Skating / Vision / Puck Carrying / Puck Skills

27. Daniel Audette | Left Wing | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Playmaking / Puck Skills / Vision / Skating

28. Brett Lernout | Right Defense | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Physically Aggressive / Smooth Skating / Heavy Slapshot / Defensive Positioning

29. Hayden Verbeek | Center/Left Wing | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Speed / Two-Way Play / Aggressive Forechecking

30. Hunter Shinkaruk | Left Wing | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Skating / Puck Skills / Puck Handling / Wrist Shot

31. Michael Pezzetta | Left Wing | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Physicality / Two-Way Play / Skating / Aggressiveness

32. Antoine Waked | Right Wing | Laval Rocket (AHL)
Player Attributes: Accurate Release / Puck Skills / Hockey IQ

33. Nikolas Koberstein | Right Defense | Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks (WCHA)
Player Attributes: Physicality / Aggressive Defensively / Skating

Posted by Joshua D

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