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Catching The Torch

A weekly update on the junior and collegiate members of the Montreal Canadiens' prospect pool.

CTT: Is Cole Caufield ready for the NHL?

As Caufield’s collegiate career winds down, how large will his next step be?

CTT: Rhett Pitlick and Jack Smith are taking the long route

This week, we check in on the USHL prospects not named Sean Farrell to see how their development is progressing.

CTT: Sean Farrell leaving a lasting impression on the USHL

Farrell has begun a new point streak after his record-setting run was stopped.

CTT: Luke Tuch is at home in front of the net

Pouncing on rebounds and an increase in ice time make for an impressive start.

CTT: Jordan Harris is showing greater offensive potential

The defenceman always had a sturdy defensive game, but he’s beginning to have more of an impact at the opposite end of the ice.

CTT: Cole Caufield is doing things you rarely see in the NCAA

Caufield isn’t just piling up the points, he’s creating the majority of the offensive chances for his team.

CTT: With WJC gold in hand, Cole Caufield has gone on a tear in the NCAA

The forward was forced to create a lot of his team’s offence this year, and he’s getting quite good at it.

CTT: Jack Gorniak is benefiting from a more assertive approach

The junior centreman has unlocked some offence this year. A few adjustments could help him score even more.

CTT: Luke Tuch quickly adapting to Boston University system

The prospect has begun his collegiate career, while Sean Farrell is piling up the points.

CTT: Jakub Dobeš settling in as USHL’s top goalie

The Omaha Lancers goaltender is a force to be reckoned with between the pipes this season.

CTT: Jayden Struble developing his total game at impressive rate

There were a few things Struble needed to work on after his first season of NCAA hockey. Each one has seen an improvement.

CTT: Blake Biondi may have a tough road ahead

The Canadiens need to practise patience with the centre as he works to break out of his current pattern.

CTT: Sean Farrell is a point-producing machine

Combine all of Farrell’s qualities and he has the makings of a dominant college forward.

CTT: Jack Smith still adapting to the USHL pace

The forward is getting accustomed to a new level of play, while Cole Caufield is looking for new methods to create offence.

CTT: Kaiden Guhle shows his value at Team Canada’s camp

He may not have had a perfect performance on the weekend, but the young blue-liner showed off his style.

CTT: Cole Caufield’s season gets under way

The Canadiens have a few point-per-game players to open the U.S. hockey schedule.

CTT: Cole Fonstad records a career high in points

Moving to a new team was also the best thing for Rhett Pitlick’s progress.

CTT: Cole Caufield’s skills were on display in the NCAA this season

Now the question is: Where will the Canadiens’ top prospect end up next year?

CTT: Stapley’s offensive burst, and “Captain Clutch” Hillis’s heroics

Forward prospects are playing big roles throughout North America as playoffs loom.

CTT: Cracking the mystery of 2019 seventh-round pick Kieran Ruscheinski

The Canadiens went well off the board with their final pick a year ago. How is the 6’6" defenceman doing?

CTT: Cam Hillis is working on his unpredictability

The Guelph Storm are having trouble since returning in January, but Hillis remains a bright spot for the team.

CTT: Jordan Harris brings home the Beanpot with a double-overtime goal

While Jayden Struble took part in game one of the tournament, he was sidelined for the final.

CTT: Cole Caufield does his best Ilya Kovalchuk impersonation

Scoring goals and shushing crowds, the Canadiens’ top prospect channels the Canadiens’ new star.

CTT: Rhett Pitlick’s seven-point weekend

The USHL forward is really ramping up his offence.

CTT: Cole Caufield nets his first NCAA hat trick

The freshman was picking corners last weekend against Notre Dame.

CTT: Allan McShane may be the Canadiens’ best CHL forward

The Oshawa Generals player has a new linemate, and his chances are now starting to result in points.

CTT: Raphaël Harvey-Pinard imposes himself

The Canadiens’ overage prospect in Junior is bullying his way to his best year yet.

CTT: Rhett Pitlick is a point-per-game player with Muskegon

Pitlick’s speed is translating to offence, while several prospects are dealing with long-term injuries.

CTT: Cole Caufield is performing better than the stats show

The forward has been a fixture in the offensive zone his returning from the World Juniors, and it’s just a matter of time until the multi-goal games return.

CTT: Cole Fonstad is producing consistently in Everett

The forward is getting rewarded for his strong play with his new team.

CTT: Jayden Struble progressing rapidly at Northeastern

The defenceman is closing the gap to fellow Habs prospect Jordan Harris as the most effective blue-liner on the team.

CTT: Allan McShane takes another step forward

McShane steps up his production and lands second in points for the Oshawa Generals.


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