When prospect pools are ranked and teams ask who the Canadiens’ best prospects are they tend to always hear the same names: Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Cole Caufield, Alexander Romanov, Cayden Primeau, etc… It’s time to include Jordan Harris in these conversations and should flow effortlessly in any rankings.
I’ve watched many northeastern games over the years and more often than not I would think that Jordan Harris was one of the 5 best players on the ice.
He went from playing high school hockey in 2017-2018 to playing top pair minutes the following year alongside then college star Jeremy Davies. Harris didn’t miss a beat in his first year in the NCAA and kept developing his two-way game at an increased rate.
Harris is no Makar. He’s no Hughes either. That’s not what makes him so useful and important. It’s the way he controls the game, how efficient he is and how dependable he is to his team and coaches that make him one of the better prospects in the Canadiens organization.
His puck handling and puck control skills are top tier quality. He can maneuver in any zone and has the ability to stickhandle multiple times to get around opponents. Harris’ IQ allows him to make low risk plays that open up lanes or players in order to create a high danger scoring chances.
As you can see in the video below, Harris manages to make the simple one-timer shot on net that allows his teammate to have a chance at tipping it or recuperating the rebound for a high danger scoring chance in the crease. What you might not see is Harris scanning the zone before entering in order to see what the best decision is even before he gets the puck. His vision on this play is simple but effective nonetheless.
Another aspect of his game that surpasses the rest of his peers is his efficiency. You see him play and it almost looks like he’s not breaking a sweat. He looks so monotone but he is doing a lot of pace control. He does not go full speed 100% of the time and that allows him to do a lot of things like cutting into open areas, having better puck control and surveying the ice to see what he could do to continue putting pressure on opposing players.
He prides himself on his skating and it shows that it’s one of his better qualities. His ability to change direction and maintain good puck control is what separates him from many in his age group. His lateral movement is phenomenal and as you can see in the video below his play goes up a notch.
His overall playing style allows him to be surgical on the ice and it ends up giving him an edge when he needs it. He plays defense as he plays offense, with efficiency. He doesn’t wow you with big hits or physicality but uses his stick and positions his body where it would give him the best possible edge. His ability to change directions for offense purposes is also a bonus when it comes to playing defense and keeping up with opposing defenders. His effortless game allows him to keep up with the best NCAA players and barely gives them any space while using his stick to limit their movements.
Harris also has a knack for getting pucks on net. He rarely goes for powerful slap shots or one-timers but chooses to get pucks on net in order to create rebounds for his teammates in the high danger areas around the net. He also has a very deceptive shot and has yielded multiple goals over his college career thus far. As you can see below he makes the simple play but it often turns out to be the right one
His ability to elevate his game when it matters is a huge plus. He won the Beanpot title for the 2nd consecutive year with the Northeastern Huskies, the Hockey East program has won it the last 3 years, and played some of his best hockey since joining the Huskies. This will prove to be a valuable attribute as he continues to progress and eventually turn pro in the near future.
What separates Jordan from his peers is not his flashy still or his stats, it’s his overall understanding of the game and his IQ is among the best in the NCAA. He does not go for highlight-reel goals or will want the spotlight on him. You can distinguish his humble personality from his interviews and it translates to his playing style on the ice. He will never ask for recognition, all he wants is for his team to win and he will do anything within his capabilities to assure the team comes before him.