May 29, 2023
Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings: Owen Beck jumps to first place

Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings: Owen Beck jumps to first place

Last week we unveiled the inaugural Montreal Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings, with Boston University freshman Lane Hutson taking first place among all prospects.

This performance ranking is based on the entire season as well as the last week of promotion. For example, Sean Farrell wasn’t included in the rankings last week because he had only played two games up to that point, which isn’t enough to judge his overall form.

Factors such as the strength of the team, the league they play in, their age and expectations regarding their draft position are also taken into account.

Juraj Slafkovsky currently plays in the NHL and is therefore not included. However, prospects playing in professional leagues based in Europe will be accepted.

As we are still at the beginning of the season, expect some movement in the early leaderboards.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Week 2 results.

Canada’s prospect power rankings

1. Owen Beck, 32nd overall (2022), middle, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), 12GP, 10G, 9A. (Last week: 2nd)

Considering Beck finished his draft season with a respectable but somewhat overwhelming 21 goals and 31 assists in 68 games, it’s somewhat surprising how quickly he’s climbed to the top of the list.

But those who paid attention, including the vast majority of Canadian fans, are far from shocked.

Not only has Beck surpassed his previous scoring pace, but he’s maintained his usual excellent defensive-zone play as well as elite efficiency in the faceoff circle.

In addition to 12 shots in two games, Beck scored 3 goals and added 1 assist for the Mississauga Steelheads this past weekend.

He’s currently on track for a 55-goal, 50-assist season, which could be enough to convince Team Canada he deserves a spot in the World Junior Championship roster.

2. Riley Kidney, 63rd overall (2021), center, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL), 17GP, 9G, 18A. (Last week: 5th)

Kidney is making the biggest leap this week thanks to his fantastic performance in two home games in which the Titan forward recorded 4 goals and 3 assists. He then set up two goals in the Titans’ 6-3 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Tuesday night.

The second-round pick’s excellent play earned him the QMJHL Player of the Week award.

3. Lane Hutson, 62nd overall (2022), defender, Boston University (NCAA), 7GP, 3G, 5A. (Last week: 1st)

Hutson falls back to third place, although it’s no fault of his own but the fact that he hasn’t played since the last Power Rankings.

With that in mind, the 18-year-old holds a place in the top 3 due to his brilliant start which has earned him multiple awards.

Hutson rewarded for historically strong start to NCAA career

4. Filip Mesar, 26th overall (2022), right wing, Kitchener Rangers (OHL), 6GP, 5G, 4A. (Last week: 3rd)

Mesar missed a point in Kitchener’s 1-0 loss to Saginaw for the first time in his OHL career, but bounced back quickly in the following game to score in Tuesday night’s 7-1 win over Owen Sound.

5. Joshua Roy, 150th overall (2021), right wing, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMHJL), 15GP, 9G, 16A. (Last week: 6th)

Last week, Roy endured a surprisingly disappointing run of games, including two games in which his name was not on the scorers’ list. It was only the second and third time this year that Roy failed to score in a game.

With 3 goals and 3 assists in the next two games, Roy quickly found his rhythm and is currently on track for a 40 goal, 68 assist season. He ended the week on a less encouraging note as he was left off the scoring charts for the fourth time this season in Sherbrooke’s 2-1 loss to Shawinigan.

6. Oliver Kapanen 64th overall (2021), Centre, Kalpa (League), 20GP, 4G, 6A. (Last week: Unrated)

At just 19 years old, Kapanen is slowly but surely improving his goal-scoring speed, which is quite difficult as younger players in Europe as well as North America are struggling to earn Ice Age.

He’s third among centers on his team, although it’s worth noting that both players are older than the prospective Canadian at 20 and 24 respectively.

Kapanen is one of the best players in his age group, a very encouraging sign considering he is playing in a professional league against older opponents with a lot more experience.

7. Sean Farrell, 124th overall (2020), C/LW, Harvard University (NCAA), 4GP, 1G, 3A. (Last week: Unrated)

Farrell scored his first goal of the season, a great shorthand against Brown University.

Given that he’s maintaining a points-per-game pace in the NCAA, one could argue that Farrell deserves to be a little further up the list, but we have to remember that at 21, that’s only to be the case sophomore for Harvard is old He’s older than most of the other prospects being ranked.

8. Vinzenz Rohrer, overall-75. (2022), C/RW, Ottawa 67’s (OHL), 15GP, 5G, 10A (Last week: Unranked)

Rohrer appears on the list for the first time due to a solid week in which he had 4 points in 2 games, including a 3-point performance against the Barrie Colts.

He also made significant strides in improving his overall shot rate, netting 11 shots in that time frame.

The 18-year-old Austrian is on track to break his batting average from his draft year, and he’s doing it in style.

9. Cedrick Guindon, 127th overall (2022), Center, Owen Sound Attack (OHL), 15GP, 6G, 13A. (Last week: 4th)

Guindon had the biggest drop this week, falling from 4th to 9th place.

At 18 he’s still having a fantastic season statistically, but last weekend he was goalless in both Owen Sounds games. He rallied late and scored the only goal in a 7-1 loss to Mesars Rangers.

10. Jared Davidson, 130th Overall (2022), Center, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), 10GP, 7G, 12A (Last Week: Unranked)

He’s a little older than most players in the WHL, but there’s no denying that Davidson continues to be a solid offense for the Seattle Thunderbirds.

He is currently on track for a 46-goal, 78-assist season as the Thunderbirds’ assistant captain.

He may not be the most hyped Canadian prospect, but there’s no denying that he’s one of the most prolific players in the prospect pool.

Honorable Mentions/On the Threshold: Logan Mailloux, Jesse Ylonen, Adam Engstrom, and Petteri Nurmi.

Players who fell from the leaderboard this week: Cayden Primeau. Jacob Dobes.

Do you agree or disagree with the prospect rankings? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll factor it into next week’s Power Leaderboard.

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