Montreal Canadiens Prospect Spotlight: Who to Watch?

Getty Images/Jamie Sabau

Getty Images/Jamie Sabau

 

By James Stephan (@J_Habs)

Reactions around the hockey world following the NHLPA refusing the offer given by Gary Bettman and the NHL have amplified the fear of losing the entire 2012-2013 NHL season which has been at the back of every hockey fan’s mind. While fans are praying for a Hockey Gods miracle that would lead to a new CBA agreement, it is likely they will end up with yet another layer of disappointment to add to what been an excruciating few months.

With the NHL season in the rearview mirror Hockey fans have much to turn their attention to such as prospects. Habs fans have a handful of prospects to keep an eye on throughout the year and for those who aren’t so familiar with the “young guns” this is the perfect time to take a gander.

Below are five notable Habs prospects worth keeping an eye on this season.

Top five Montreal Canadiens prospects to watch

#5 – Brady Vail, #97 Windsor Spitfires (OHL) – C- 6’1, 194lbs.

11 GP, 5G, 9A, 14PTS

Selected 94th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Vail has been under the microscope by many Habs fans eager to see what Trevor Timmins and his staff saw in Brady. Vail is off to a solid start in the 2013 OHL season leading the Windsor Spitfires and no doubt making both Habs brass and Habs feel a little optimistic. Brady Vail is definitely worth keeping an eye on throughout the 2012-2013 OHL season.

#4 – Charles Hudon, #10 Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)  – LW – 5’11, 170lbs

11 GP, 9G, 7A, 16PTS

Hitting a little closer to home for Habs fans is Chicoutimi Sagueneéns’ left winger Charles Hudon. Selected 122nd overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Hudon was touted as a steal for the Montreal Canadiens; while it is too early to tell Habs fans aren’t complaining by any means about the young Boisbriand native as he has been showing a solid presence in the Q. Averaging over a point per game, the young winger is a must watch as many scouts are eager to see what Hudon can do in his third QMJHL season.

#3 – Tim Bozon, #15 Kamloops Blazers (WHL) – LW – 6’1, 195lbs

11GP, 8G, 8A, 16PTS

Bozon has been absolute dynamite for the Blazers this season putting up eight goals along with eight assists making him a force to be reckoned with. His recent highlight goal attracted a lot of attention from both media and fans; Habs fans should be excited to see that Bozon, who was selected 64th overall by the Montreal Canadiens, possesses the razzle dazzle that every Hockey fan loves to see in a player. Bozon’s excellent play, and strong skill set makes him a no brainer to watch this season.

#2 – Danny Kristo, #7 University of North Dakota (NCAA) – RW – 5’11, 185lbs

0GP, 0G, 0A, 0PTS (Season starts Oct 19th)

Habs top prospect Danny Kristo has opted to play his final year at North Dakota instead of going to the AHL to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs. Eager to see what else Kristo can bring to the table, he will be expected to dominate his league and be a premier producer for North Dakota. In the year 2011 an incident occurred with Kristo being stricken with frostbite, and it was uncertain for a period of time if his hockey career was in jeopardy. Drama has once again followed Kristo this September when he was suspended for the upcoming season opener game for violating team rules. Kristo will certainly be scrutinized by many if he doesn’t perform as well as most expect, and with all the drama that has transpired in the last two years one hopes he can keep his head above water and have a stellar year.

#1 – Alex Galchenyuk, #94 Sarnia Sting (OHL) – C – 6’2, 205lbs

10GP, 4G, 9A, 13GP

Being drafted third overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, It is without a doubt that Alex Galchenyuk is the new crown jewel for the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool, and he will likely have the most attention from the eyes of Habs fans. With the hopes of the Sarnia Sting captain becoming a future number one center in the NHL, Galchenyuk will be looked at from all angles, and many hope that last year’s injury was nothing more than an anomaly in what will be a long and illustrious career. Galchenyuk plays the brand of hockey that controls the pace of a game, as well as leave you on the edge of your seat electrified; the Sarnia Captain is a must watch this season if you are a Habs fan, and many hope to see him make his mark once again on the league.

The lockout can be infuriating for some but it presents the opportunity consider other options to watch hockey and follow your own team’s prospect pool to get a sense of what the future holds; the Montreal Canadiens have a herculean task ahead of them to develop all these prospects properly, but it can be said that following the 2012 NHL Entry draft the future is looking pretty bright.

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