The 12 best CH aspirants


During the introductory text to our 2022 tally of the Habs’ most important hopes, we foolishly omitted two players who surely deserved to be in the many honorable mentions: Emil Heineman and Ty Smilanic. We’ll attribute it to “summer distractions” (also called annoying renovations) and compulsive writing during long car rides in the passenger seat!

That said, both acquired by Kent Hughes in major deals that also involved first round picks for Toffoli and Chariot, Heineman and Smilanic have VERY similar profiles, so they will likely compete for the same positions in Montreal.

We’ll see if these fiery left wings will ever wear the blue-white-red uniform, but like so many other “honorable mentions”, both seem to have the necessary qualities, including speed, intensity and shooting, to aspire to the NHL very realistically on a lower 6.

End of preamble e my fault!

Our article of the day will feature a player still talking a little more about Heineman and Smilanic in the cottages: Sean Farrel.

Recently, the American ranked fourth on a very, very short list of prospects invented by his counterpart … correspondent Sean Farrell (!) Was ranked fourth, which is sure to thrill more than one.

However, unlike ours first 12 of the most important hopes of the organization, the top 5 from, does not include youngsters with slightly higher NHL mileage like Caufield and Dach. From this point of view, the idea of ​​placing Farrell in fourth place behind Slafkovsky, Guhle and Barron is therefore not unreasonable.

It can also defend itself very well.

But placing Jordan Harris at 5And echelon – is the 11th with us – stating that Harris played at the last Senior World Championship for the USA, correspondent Sean Farrell is quite discrediting himself as a prospect evaluator, because Jordan Harris unfortunately didn’t play a single World Championship game this year …


One can therefore seriously ask how many hours he has invested in drawing up his list e View Hopes …

End parenthesis!

So far we have established the following order:
12. Filip Mesar
11. Jordan Harris
10. Joshua Roy (tie for 9th place)
9. Logan Mailloux

At number eight, so we come to our assessment of Sean Farrell!

Sean Farrel | Latest ranking: honorable mention
Potential: 32.5 / 40
Insurance: 14/20
Use value: 23.5 / 30
Commercial value: 6.5 / 10

Overall: 76.5 / 100

We have to admit we were pretty skeptical when many flared up over Farrell’s exploits with Chicago Steel in the USHL. Farrell, who was supposed to play his first season at Harvard that year, was 19 and shockingly led the league with 101 points in 53 games. He will be voted player of the league as well as contributing greatly to Steel’s Clark Cup victory.

We think we still have to put Farrell’s records and achievements into perspective before he arrives at Harvard last year, but we’ll admit he made a very successful transition to college level. Harvard may not be in the strongest division and at 20 Farrell was not a “real” freshman, but it is certainly worth highlighting the maintenance of an average of over one point per game (28 points in 24 games) in a so-called defensive championship.

Without being a rocket on skates, Farrell is a good skater. He uses a wide base and demonstrates a nice agility reminiscent of a Jeff Skinner, as in his beautiful goal of him here at 0:48:

If you know little about Farrell, I recommend that you watch the entire video above. It was probably one of the best games for Americans at Harvard last season and you will see all the highlights.

WARNING: Several # 21 sequences are very compelling!

He is both dynamic and intelligent as well as demonstrating excellent vision and a superb sense of play.In addition to his intelligence and passerby qualities, skill development coach Adam Nicholas, who has known him since his days in Chicago, recently praised the excellence of his shooting.

“It’s phenomenal. She can read ice. She is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. This guy is going to be very, very special. He thinks about the game and has elite tools; his shot is really very underrated. He has a blister stroke. And he is an elite passerby. “
– Adam Nicola

In short, in terms of hockey skills and IQ, Farrell, if not elite, is certainly above average and seems destined to evolve on a level the first 6, where he might have the ability to make his teammates better.

The first positive sign following Farrell’s choice was not long in coming and comes from none other than Cole Caufield who, perhaps a little biased, did not hesitate to calls his friend’s selection at 124 a “theft”And rank.

Since then, CH hasn’t been in a hurry in his case and will allow him to regain physical maturity at Harvard again this season, before wishing to see him go pro at 21, perhaps as early as next spring. He will have given Farrell three seasons of qualitative development and the latter will therefore arrive practically as a finished product within the Habs. Furthermore, his development of him will have included performances inspired by the Olympics and the World Cup where, without being a dominant player like Juraj Slafkovsky, he was seen to do very well.

Farrell isn’t a giant at 5’9 and 174lbs, but thanks to his great balance and low center of gravity, he’s solid on his skates. A few extra pounds of muscle certainly won’t hurt, but his modest size doesn’t seem to be a factor that could greatly affect his chances of succeeding in the pros, both on the wing and in the middle.

Beyond all of this, we believe that both the old and the new administration love the player and that we want to put him in a position to realize his full potential. No doubt he was made to feel very appreciated when, in the latest development camp, he was paired with Slafkovsky, the new jewel of the organization and the first choice of the latest draft.

A beautiful a little caress on the back … and an indicator that we count on him for the future.

Use the value

The Canadian therefore clearly has plans for Farrell and if our reading of the situation is correct, we wouldn’t be surprised if he is projected as a dynamic 2 forward.And trio that could produce along with talented players as well as in power play. With his speed and anticipation, it’s not even impossible that he might one day play short of hands.

If we were to compare him with other potential clients in the organization, it seems that at this stage he is being given better chances than Jan Mysak, Owen Beck, Filip Mesar and Roy to break through the top 6 and play on the power game in a reasonable future. We don’t think his tenure with the Rockets will be very long. In fact, he might not even go through Laval at all …

Farrell may not start his career with a second line, but he has several strings to his bow. These should allow him to establish himself well in the club’s hierarchy in a short time. We therefore have many reasons to believe that he will soon become an important and useful player in Montreal.

With the early departures of Byron, Drouin, Hoffman over the next few months, the road could open quite quickly for a player with Farrell’s profile …

That said, the fact that sooner or later he will be competing with the younger Mesar, Beck and Mysak, chosen in the early rounds, and who share a similar profile to his (centers that can play on the wing), does not necessarily essential And rare within the team.

This is enough to take away some points for use value and rarity.

Trade-in value
Chosen at the end of the 4th round (124th), Farrell has certainly gained a lot of value from his draft. Also, if the latter were to be redone, the little American would likely be ranked at the end of 1time or right at the beginning of 2And round. While it still seems too early to scream genius, so far it lives up to its 2020 draft “theft” tag.

Sure, until he plays a game in the pros, this value will remain highly speculative, but there is no doubt that several executives, in addition to applauding his game at Harvard, have taken notes on Farrell in the two major competitions he participated in. in 2022.

This tells us that when Hughes argues with his counterparts to meet needs elsewhere, his name is likely to come up more and more often in discussions and with Roys, Mysak, Mesar and Beck in the background, perhaps especially Mysak, who has remained – handed and has great versatility – it is not excluded that Hughes may be tempted to sell Farrell in a trade one day.

But as attractive as the American may be in the eyes of some, his profile as a clever little attacking player with some potential isn’t exactly. rare at the NHL level; he’s not even in Montreal. Many teams rely on their “Sean Farrell” in their organization and aren’t necessarily looking for a second one …

Along with Joshua Roy, Farrell may very well be the other little gem of the later rounds of the Timmins era. But Farrell appears to be a bit ahead of Roy and his other competitors within the organization.

Roy, who is tied with Mailloux at 9th / 10th on our list, and Farrell are two offensive players with very different styles, but who, in the end, perhaps confront each other in terms of raw talent. However, we tend to give Farrell a slight edge due to his versatility, dynamism and maturity of his 200-foot game.

In the worst case, thanks to its versatility, the American could evolve on a third line that would have a certain punch. But we really like his chances of eventually settling on a top 6 why of its too many offensive qualities. There always seems to be a small sewing machine lying around his house.

Who knows, maybe one day left-handed Farrell will develop a very natural chemistry with his right-handed friend Caufield.

A chemistry even better than that existing between Suzuki and this same Caufield? At this stage no one can tell and everything is still possible. After all, at the same age, Suzuki was not radically better than Farrel …

It will therefore be a final year of decisive training for the latter at Harvard.

An opportunity to move to the next level as he may never be back among the pros.

We reconnect in a few days with the 7th position!


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