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A Habs Rookie Progress Update

Stats are as of (November 30, 2017)

Your Montreal Canadiens have dressed four rookies thus far into the 2017-2018 campaign. Charlie Lindgren, Charles Hudon, Jakub Jerabek, and Victor Mete (though, technically, neither Hudon or Jerabek would qualify for Calder Trophy consideration). I took a quick look at what the new blood has given the Habs so far this season, and how that relates to their future within the Montreal Canadiens organization.

Charlie Lindgren 3-4-1 GAA 2.43  SP% .924

(College Free Agent)

Charlie Lindgren was dominant in his season debut, posting a 38-save shutout vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. Lindgren performed brilliantly in the absence of Carey Price and Al Montoya and had the Habs benn able to increase their goals per game average of 1.88 goals when Lindgren was between the pipes, his 3-4-1 record would better match his stellar 2.43 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. At the moment, with Price back from injury,  Lindgren has been sent down to the Laval Rocket to ensure he continues to get starts.

Victor Mete 24 GP 0 G 3 A 3 PTS

(Drafted in the 4th round, 100th overall in 2016)

The 2016 fourth round, 100th overall draft pick shocked the hockey world when he made it out of training camp as Shea Weber’s line-mate. His skating and playmaking capabilities made him an enticing option and his game was respectable during his brief stint on the top pairing. However, his decreasing ice time suggests that a demotion to the London Knights may be imminent with the emergence of Jakub Jerabek and the arrival of David Schlemko. However, Victor Mete’s skating, playmaking abilities, and his defensive positioning will undoubtedly make him a staple on the Habs blueline for years to come.

Jakub Jerabek 4 GP 0 G 0 A 0 PTS

(Free Agent – KHL)

Before Jakub Jerabek got his first taste of NHL action, he started the season off with the Laval Rocket so he could work on his craft while adjusting to the North American ice. After a 17-game stint with the Rocket in which he scored a goal and added 10 assists, he finally received his  call-up to the Montreal Canadiens. In his brief time with the Habs, Jerabek has been calm and steady with the puck and his passing abilities make him a threat offensively.

Charles Hudon 26 GP 3 G 7 A 10 PTS

(5th round, 122nd overall in 2012) 

Three successful seasons in the AHL and two brief stints in the NHL have finally earned Charles Hudon a full-time gig in the NHL and he hasn’t looked back. Hudon has been a fine addition to the top-9 in the absence of Arturri Lehkonen. His ability to move the puck quickly and creatively has slightly rejuvenated Tomas Plekanec’s offensive game. Due to Hudon’s quick decision making, Plekanec has looked much more lively in the offensive zone while Brendan Gallagher is having a career year playing with the young forward. Hudon’s shooting percentage could be due for a raise as well, as he’s currently shooting at just 4% this season.

Both Charles Hudon and Victor Mete will be integral to the Habs successes in the near future. Jakub Jerabek has some room to grow offensively and defensively, a few costly mistakes are expected before he successfully settles into the NHL. As for Charlie Lindgren, despite his obvious potential to become a starting goalie in the NHL, he may have to be used as trade bait knowing that Carey Price is the man between the pipes for years to come.

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