Now that the CHL regular seasons have officially ended due to the coronavirus, though it remains cloudy if the playoffs will resume. It is almost certain which of these CHL prospects will turn pro next year. Marc Bergevin alluded to only being able to sign one of the four (Houde, Hillis, McShane, and Fonstad) and you can bet that it will be Captain Cam Hillis. Rafael Harvey-Pinard is an interesting case as he could be signed to an AHL only contract, which is more than likely since he would be ineligible to return to the QMJHL.

In addition to each player total statistics, I’ve added a chart showing EV G: Even-strength goals, EV A1: Even-strength primary assists, EV A2: Even-strength secondary assists, EV P1: Even-strength primary points (goals and primary assists), PP G: Powerplay goals, PP A1: Powerplay primary assists, PP A2: Powerplay secondary assists.


Canadian Hockey League (QMJHL, OHL, WHL)

C Samuel Houde #88, Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)

Samuel Houde hasn’t brought his game to the next level up until this year but you have to be concerned as this was his 4th year in the QMJHL. He’s improved in many facets of his game though still lacks a pro-style game. Much of what he brings to the table won’t translate quite well to the AHL/NHL.

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
44 19 33 52 17 30 118 44% 1.18

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LW Rafaël Harvey-Pinard #11, Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)

As previously mentioned above Harvey-Pinard will probably be in a Laval Rocket uniform next season which I’d assume is music to Joel Bouchard’s ears. He brings a lot to the table in terms of pro game translatable skills. Harvey-Pinard can be used as a net-front presence on the powerplay similarly to Gallagher he scores almost all of his goals around the goalmouth. He’s a smart player who pays close attention to details and could be a fixture on the penalty kill.

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
62 34 44 78 37 16 187 40% 1.26

harveypinard-2020-season-data

 

C Cam Hillis #8, Guelph Storm (OHL)

One of the best stories throughout the Habs organization has been Cam’s bounce-back season. Over and above his production taking a noticeable step he’s also improved his defensive game making him even more intriguing. A two-way player that boasts excellent playmaking qualities could become a fixture on the Laval Rocket powerplay in short order. Hillis is a sure-fire candidate to sign his entry-level contract in the coming months.

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
62 24 59 83 28 43 147 55% 1.34

hillis-2020-season-data

 

LD Jacob LeGuerrier #8, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

LeGuerrier had a breakout point producing season by his standards but still requires seasoning. Currently, a long shot to turn pro but will have a chance to hone his skills for another year in the OHL. The Soo Greyhounds have made a bid for the Memorial Cup in 2021 and will likely add to an upcoming roster which should be more competitive than this season.

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG PTS/G
61 6 25 31 4 74 116 0.51

leguerrier-2020-season-data

 

C Allan McShane #61, Oshawa Generals (OHL)

McShane without a doubt has the highest upside and skill of all four players. I think he’s worth a shot but he may need 3 years in the AHL to adjust to the speed and physicality playing against men. He’s improved his straight-line speed and has done a better job of getting to the “dirty areas”. He’s also done well on the PK at times and even 5-on-5 in supporting down low below his goal line. His release is lethal and his passing skills are right up there just behind Suzuki.

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
54 22 40 62 -19 12 149 57% 1.15

mcshane-2020-season-data

 

LW Cole Fonstad #42, Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Fonstad is an interesting one as he’s continued to produce and it was noted by their scouting staff that he was a “boom or bust” pick. The WHL is historically known more as a defensive league and what Fonstad has continued to do is produce at the same clip the past few years and this year he’s on pace for a career-best. One issue is scoring, he’s only recorded 13 goals in 55 games compared to last year he had 29 goals in 67 games.

Fonstad is a very good playmaker that does most of his damage on the powerplay but still plays too much on the perimeter and doesn’t bring enough speed and aggressive attack to be a consistent 5-on-5 offensive producer. He could carve a respectable AHL career at this point.

Regular Season Stats

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG FO PTS/G
60 15 59 74 39 20 173 1.23

fonstad-2020-season-data

 

LD Gianni Fairbrother #24, Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Fairbrother was having quite the year before being taken off course with a season-ending injury. He entered the season recovering from an injury suffered at the Habs rookie camp in which was a little coming out party for some evaluators. There was thought that Fairbrother would make the jump to the AHL after this season, though that seems like a longshot now with all the injuries he suffered.

Regular Season Statistics

GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG PTS/G
37 5 20 25 6 38 93 0.68

fairbrother-2020-season-data

 

Chart data was exported from https://pick224.com/ (Dave MacPherson).

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