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4 hours ago, HabsRuleForever said:

Starts on September 14th.

The Montreal Canadiens have announced the group that will attend rookie camp and play three games in Buffalo at the 2022 Prospect Challenge.

First overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky leads a group of 15 forwards that include players on professional contracts or in the CHL. NCAA-based players and players who are playing in Europe but not under NHL contracts are not attending.

The forward group includes Owen Beck, Lucas Condotta, Jared Davidson, Pierrick Dubé, Ryan Francis, Cédrick Guindon, Emil Heineman, Riley Kidney, Filip Mesar, Jan Mysak, John Parker-Jones, Joshua Roy, Xavier Simoneau, Juraj Slafkovsky, and Brett Stapley.

There are 10 defencemen attending camp, including 2021 first-round pick Logan Mailloux, who is recovering from surgery. Justin Barron, whose season also ended with an injury, is one of the most experienced professional players in camp, alongside Mattias Norlinder.

The full group is Justin Barron, Santino Centorame, Gianni Fairbrother, Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Harris, Logan Mailloux, Mattias Norlinder, Miguël Tourigny, William Trudeau, and Arber Xhekaj.

In goal, Joe Vrbetic is the lone player drafted by the Canadiens attending, alongside tryouts Antoine Coulombe, and Riley Mercer. Vrbetic has signed an AHL contract with the Laval Rocket for this upcoming season, and could see time there and in the ECHL.

The Canadiens have games September 15, 16, and 18 before returning to Montreal for two additional practices before the NHL training camp opens.

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While not at rookie camp, (NCAA) Lane Hutson, the Canadiens' second-round pick, who was listed at 5'8" at the NHL Draft and Development Camp is up to 5'9" per Boston University.

 

Its going to be interesting to see where he finishes at.  I think there's a chance he'll end up 5'10 or even 5'11".  Still undersized for a dman but he's already as tall as Spurgeon and closing in on hughes and makar heights...

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1 hour ago, maas_art said:

While not at rookie camp, (NCAA) Lane Hutson, the Canadiens' second-round pick, who was listed at 5'8" at the NHL Draft and Development Camp is up to 5'9" per Boston University.

 

Its going to be interesting to see where he finishes at.  I think there's a chance he'll end up 5'10 or even 5'11".  Still undersized for a dman but he's already as tall as Spurgeon and closing in on hughes and makar heights...

LOL! closing in eh? He is pretty good at the height he is now any extra is great! if he could get an inch or two more on his frame and keep his speed we will be in for a treat!

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28 minutes ago, ramcharger440 said:

LOL! closing in eh? He is pretty good at the height he is now any extra is great! if he could get an inch or two more on his frame and keep his speed we will be in for a treat!

Yeah. Pre-draft I wanted him no matter what, but I thought it was interesting to hear that he brought a doctor's note to the combine that said he has a condition that makes him grow later. His brother apparently grew several inches in his late teens... 

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Here's the line up for tonight's game VS Buffalo. 

 

 

Here's the #GoCanadiensGo lineup for tonight's top prospects game against the Buffalo Sabres. 👇
Puck drops at 7pm. Links will be available on the Montreal Canadiens Twitter, Facebook and Website.

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25 minutes ago, ramcharger440 said:

Just watched Jordan Harris on the Knuckles show in YouTube I really liked what I saw of this kid! he did a really good job when he was called in at the end of last year and you tell he is a smart kid! he will do ok over the next few years.

I think he's already proven he's an NHL defensman - at least a #4/5.   Can he be more? I hope so.  A #3 in a pinch, probably can handle time on the top pair if there's injuries.  Reminds me a lot of Craig Rivet/Josh Gorges - but a better skater. 

We've had a lot of LD prospects for a while but he's always been one of my favourites.

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Slaf listed as 6'4" 238lbs at rookie camp.  Wow.   AT 18 years old?   How big is he going to end up?

In his own words: "I want to dominate [at rookie camp], I want to be the best player and help my team win. Yes, it's only the first game, but every game becomes an opportunity to show what I can accomplish. I will do my best and we will see."

Hard not to get pumped about this kid.

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1 minute ago, electron58 said:

Arbor Xhekaj, is skating well & defending well. Laying out some good hits, too. I still think he will be part of the Habs, sooner than later!

I like the kid as well, he essentially does what Romanov did for us. Not sure he'll make the team but it's a nice asset to have in the system for sure.

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