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Charles Hudon Could Make an Impact with the Habs

Former 2012 5th round, pick, Charles Hudon, has performed brilliantly this past season with the now defunct St. John IceCaps. While Montreal’s player development has struggled to produce a larger number of NHL ready players, the former Chicoutimi forward has defied the odds by performing above expectations under the grueling tutelage of Sylvain Lefebvre. Since progressing to the AHL, Charles Hudon’s offensive output has been on a steady incline.

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Despite his fantastic stats down in the AHL, he was never provided with a proper look with the Canadiens. I find that fact to be very surprising, knowing that players like Andreas Martinsen, Dwight King, and Steve Ott had more playing time than Charles Hudon. Obviously, it’s necessary to possess defensively responsible players. Nevertheless, we maintain the man mountain in Shea Weber and the best goalie in the world in Carey Price. The defense is fine for the defense’s sake. Maybe the forwards should be expected to do their own thing.

Even though Montreal owns a few premier forwards, it’s a necessity for our 3rd and 4th lines to occasionally chip in offensively when our top players are not playing to their accustomed level. Unfortunately for Habs fans, Martinsen, King, and Ott compiled a measly 1 goal and 1 assist in 37 games. Not exactly a unit capable of secondary scoring. To put these numbers into perspective, in Charles Hudon’s minuscule career in the NHL, he collected 4 points in 6 games. When Montreal was unable to capitalize on their offensive opportunities, specifically in the Playoffs, Hudon could’ve been an improvement over the aforementioned trio of gloom.

I sense that Marc Bergevin has distanced himself away from the robust, defensive approach as he signed skilled, agile forwards in Peter Holland and Ales Hemsky this summer.

Furthermore, Charles Hudon has all the tools to become a decent player for the Habs. He has exceptional puck handling abilities everywhere on the ice and he possesses the ability to put points on the board. It’s a fair assumption that Charles Hudon hasn’t been playing with world beaters. Despite his linemates, he still provided some offense in his very abrupt stint in the NHL.

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Depending on how Claude Julien chooses to format his lineup, it wouldn’t be farfetched to say that Drouin and Galchenyuk could be our #1 & #2 centers. If that’s the supposed case, we’d most likely have Brendan Gallagher and Arturri Lehkonen as our right wingers. Though Lehkonen is left handed, the Frolunda product has been deployed as a right winger throughout the season. In doing so, he has scored quite a few stunners.

We would also have Pacioretty as our left winger, but, we lack options for our 2nd line left winger. It’s fair to point out that Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw are not up to the caliber to be inserted in the top-6.

Due to our shortage of choices, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to slot Charles Hudon as our 2nd left winger. I know I’m being extremely high on him, but we have to consider that A) His numbers in the AHL are increasing, B) He has not been playing with the best linemates, nonetheless, he still accumulated points and C) He’s a young prospect and he is only going to improve.

When all said and done, Charles Hudon has a bright future ahead of him.

Luckily, we might not have to wait long. The future could be now.

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