Montreal Canadiens’ #2 ranked prospect pool from 2020 via The Athletic:
1. Cole Caufield
2. Jordan Harris
3. Alexander Romanov
4. Jayden Struble
5. Ryan Poehling
6. Cayden Primeau
7. Mattias Norlinder
8. Jesse Ylonen
9. Josh Brook
10. Cam Hillis
Habs haven’t been lucky. pic.twitter.com/7P5up771O1
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) August 22, 2023
Basically, it shows The Athletic’s top Canadien prospects for 2020.
In 2020, just three years ago, the Habs had the second-best prospect pool in the NHL. And when you look at the composition of the list, it’s clear that there’s nothing, in retrospect, to write home about.
Here’s the list in question.
Obviously, I don’t think anyone can complain about the #1 pick. Cole Caufield has become the player everyone was hoping to see, and he’s at the heart of the Flanelle’s revival plan.
But let’s just say he hasn’t exactly been accompanied by the most admirable support.
I have absolutely nothing against Jordan Harris, who has been a regular on the blue line for the past year. That said, it’s crazy to think that this guy was the CH’s second-best prospect at the time, isn’t it?
But then? Seeing that Jayden Struble, a prospect who will have trouble breaking into the CH lineup, and Ryan Poehling round out the top-5 in a pool that was then the NHL’s second-best, makes it clear that it’s always easier to judge with hindsight.
Maybe it’ll be the same with the 2023 pool, and many current prospects won’t produce as expected, but…
Is it just me or…
With more confidence and experience, he could develop some nice offensive assets → https://t.co/35tGsuwWyN
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 24, 2023
Anyway. All that to say that in the 2020 top-10, other than Cayden Primeau (who won’t start the season in Montreal) and Jesse Ylönen, no one is going to join Caufield and Harris full-time.
Struble might get some games, sure, but…
Even digging into the 2020 top-15 reveals the Brett Stapley, Cole Fonstad, Rhett Pitlick and Allan McShane of this world. That said, there’s also a certain Rafaël Harvey-Pinard.
- Cole Caufield
- Jordan Harris
- Rafaël Harvey-Pinard
- Jesse Ylönen
- Jayden Struble
- Cayden Primeau
- Mattias Norlinder (for what it’s worth)
- All the others
Like I said, everything is easier to determine with hindsight. On the other hand, this isn’t exactly the list of the year, and to see that only three prospects from that era are making an impact in the NHL isn’t ideal.
Let’s not forget that Marc Bergevin added more talent in his last two drafts. And since Kent Hughes arrived, he’s done his part too.
– I don’t see him playing again this year… or in the future.
This saga is far from over, as it was for Trevor Bauer. https://t.co/Qjml3WIYcT
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) August 22, 2023
– Good news.
Good news: Jules-Anthony Vilsaint is practicing today with his teammates. A bandage wrapped around his left leg but it’s there #cfmtl
– Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) August 22, 2023
– RSEQ: excellent players at quarterback. [BPM Sports]
– It’s not the same club.
As soon as you set foot in the Remparts’ entourage, the realization is striking: a new era has begun.
What’s left of last year’s champion team? Not much!
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) August 22, 2023