NHL Prospect Watch – Montreal Canadiens
In the lead-up to the 2023-24 NHL season, we’re taking a look at the current and former WHL talent in each NHL Club’s prospect pool. In this 32-part series, we’ll highlight the WHL players signed to an NHL contract or recently drafted, 25 years of age or younger with 50 or fewer NHL games played. Join us for a brand-new season of NHL Prospect Watch!
We continue with the prospect pool of the Montreal Canadiens.
Jared Davidson capped off his WHL career in the best way possible this past May, by winning the WHL Championship with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Edmonton-born forward hit the 80-point mark for the second time in his WHL career during the regular season, then added 11 goals and 23 points as the Thunderbirds claimed their second League title in Club history. At the 2023 Memorial Cup in Kamloops, he finished second in team scoring with six points (1G-5A) as Seattle reached the final. Davidson, a fifth-round pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2022 NHL Draft, ended his time in the WHL as a career Thunderbird, suiting up in over 300 regular season and playoff games for Seattle, while earning 258 points. He’ll begin his professional hockey journey this fall.
THAT'S 3 GOALS IN 45 SECONDS FOR SEATTLE!
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 17, 2023
A first-round pick by the Canadiens in the 2020 NHL Draft, defenceman Kaiden Guhle qualifies for our NHL Prospect Watch series only due to the fact he was limited to 44 games with the NHL Club a season ago. Guhle, from Sherwood Park, Alta., scored four times and totalled 18 points over that span and is poised to take on an even bigger role with Montreal in this, his second NHL season. A two-time WHL Champion, Guhle hoisted the Ed Chynoweth Cup in his first WHL season with the Prince Albert Raiders in 2019 before closing out his time in the League as a Champion with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2022.
Scoring a goal in the NHL: 🙂
Scoring a first goal in the NHL: 😃
Scoring a GORGEOUS first goal in the NHL: 🥳
Have a night, Kaiden Guhle. 👏 pic.twitter.com/oRF0oiAd5b
— NHL (@NHL) October 28, 2022