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An overview of the habs hopefuls: Owen Beck continues to have fun with his new team
While Samuel Montembeault held down the fort as best he could against the Edmonton Oilers, a few Montreal Canadiens prospects stood out with fine performances in their respective leagues.

Here are the prospects who performed well yesterday.

Owen Beck – Centre – age 19

The Habs prospect drafted in the second round (33ᵉ overall) in 2022 is really enjoying a fine season in the OHL.

He had amassed 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 25 games with the Peterborough Petes before recently being traded to the Saginaw Spirit.

One might have thought that it would take Beck some time to adapt to his new environment, as was the case last season when he moved from the Mississauga Steelheads to the Petes, but in the end, the opposite is true.

Beck has been simply dominant since his arrival in Saginaw.

After earning six points in his first game with his new team, Beck added more yesterday in his third game with Saginaw, when he collected a goal and two assists.

He now has nine points in three games since being traded to the Spirit.

Good for Beck and for the Habs that he’ll be able to dominate like this with his new team, which is one of the OHL’s best.

Beck is a solid Tricolore prospect, and could join the professional ranks (Montreal or Laval) as early as next season.

Florian Xhekaj – Left wing – 19 years old

While his brother Arber is doing very well in the AHL with the Laval Rocket, Florian Xhekaj is having a fine season in the OHL this year.

After just 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 68 games last season, Xhekaj already has 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) in just 36 games this season.

It’s a great offensive blossoming for Xhekaj, who was a criticized selection at the last draft.

Yesterday, Xhekaj scored a goal and an assist in the Brantford Bulldogs’ 4-3 win over the Barrie Colts.

In short, Xhekaj is having a great season, and it will be interesting to see how far he’s able to go.

Other noteworthy performances by Habs hopefuls


  • Cédrick Guindon picked up an assist yesterday in a 6-4 Owen Sound Attack loss to the Ottawa 67s. Guindon has 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games this season.

  • Luke Tuch had two assists yesterday in Boston University’s 3-0 win over the University of New Hampshire. This brings his total points this season to 18 (five goals and 13 assists) in 19 games.

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