2022 Montreal Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: Community Vote

It’s already been a busy offseason with 2022 NHL Draft it happened less than a month ago, then free agency started a few days later, and it’s still going on with players getting signed every day. As we approach two months from the start of the 2022-23 regular season, it’s time to kick off our annual series to determine the top 25 players under the age of 25 in the Montreal Canadians organization.

When this project began in the summer of 2010, there were 34 players who met the age criteria for the inaugural vote. In 2022, there are only 30 qualifying forwards, and a total of 51 players who were born after September 15, 1997, the deadline for inclusion that we borrow from NHL draft eligibility. That’s by far the most players we’ve ever had to rank, breaking the previous record of 46 from 2012 and 2019.

Players are separated below by position and listed in descending order of age.

Forwards (30)

Player Date of Birth Years Pos.
Player Date of Birth Years Pos.
miguel pezzetta 1998-03-13 24.4 LW
Raphael Harvey Pinard 1999-01-06 23.6 LW
Brett Stapley 1999-02-23 23.4 C
Nate Schnarr 1999-02-25 23.4 C
joel teasdale 1999-03-11 23.4 LW
nick suzuki 1999-08-10 23.0 C
Jack Gornyak 1999-09-15 22.9 LW
Jesse Ylonen 1999-10-03 22.8 RW
cam hillis 2000-06-24 22.1 C
cole caufield 2001-01-02 21.6 RW
kirby dach 2001-01-21 21.5 C
Rhett Pitlick 2001-02-07 21.5 LW
Xavier Simoneau 2001-05-19 21.2 C
Alexander Gordon 2001-07-31 21.0 RW
Sean Farrell 2001-11-02 20.8 LW
emilio heineman 2001-11-16 20.7 LW
Ty Smilenic 2002-01-20 20.5 LW
Lucas Touch 2002-03-07 20.4 LW
blake biondi 2002-04-24 20.3 C
Jan Misak 2002-06-24 20.1 C
Jack Smith 2002-07-06 20.1 C
jared-davidson 2002-07-07 20.1 C
riley kidney 2003-03-25 19.4 C
Oliver Kapanen 2003-07-29 19.0 C
Joshua Roy 2003-08-06 19.0 RW
Philip Mesar 2004-01-03 18.6 RW
owen beck 2004-02-03 18.5 C
Juraj Slafkovski 2004-03-20 18.4 LW
cedrick guindon 2004-04-21 18.3 LW
vinzenz-rohrer 2004-09-09 17.9 C

Defense (16)

Player Date of Birth Years Pos.
Player Date of Birth Years Pos.
Arvid Henrikson 1998-02-23 24.4 DR
Mattias Norlinder 2000-04-12 22.3 LD
jordan harris 2000-07-07 22.1 LD
Gianni Fairbrother 2000-09-30 21.8 LD
Arber Xhekaj 2001-01-30 21.5 LD
Jayden Struble 2001-09-08 20.9 LD
justin barron 2001-11-15 20.7 DR
petteri nurmi 2002-01-12 20.6 LD
Kaiden Gühle 2002-01-18 20.5 LD
Michael Tourigny 2002-02-09 20.5 DR
Dmitry Kostenko 2002-09-25 19.9 DR
William Trudeau 2002-10-11 19.8 LD
daniil sobolev 2003-03-03 19.4 DR
Logan Mailloux 2003-04-15 19.3 DR
Adam Engstrom 2003-11-17 18.7 LD
Hutson Lane 2004-02-14 18.5 LD

Goalkeepers (5)

Player Date of Birth Years Pos.
Player Date of Birth Years Pos.
Cayden Primeau 1999-08-18 23.0 GRAM
Frederik Dichow 2001-03-01 21.4 GRAM
jakub dobes 2001-05-27 21.2 GRAM
Joe Vrbetic 2002-10-24 19.8 GRAM
emmett croteau 2003-12-07 18.7 GRAM

There have been multiple reports that the Canadiens will not offer Brett Stapley a contract, leaving him to become a free agent. However, the team still retains his rights until August 15, so he has been included in the vote.

With a spectrum ranging from newly recruited teenagers (one of whom has not yet turned 18) to players who have seen several years of NHL action, some guidelines are needed for the draft. The best way to approach ranking is to consider the projected value of the players.

Many people preferred the “would you trade player A for player B?” method of weighing the options in the past. One problem with this particular method is that you can end up giving current NHL players more weight than top prospects.

The goal of the project is to rank players based on their projected impact at the NHL level. This doesn’t necessarily mean with the Montreal Canadiens, and not necessarily for next season. Assume that each player has an open chance to claim a spot in a lineup that suggests his skill set.

On the other hand, a player who is already producing in a third-row role in the NHL is probably more valuable than a longer-term prospect who has a slim chance of becoming a top-six player. His decision in those situations will depend on how confident he is that a prospect will hit his projected ceiling.

With that in mind, instead of asking which player you’d rather switch to, ask which player would you rather lose. If you’d be more upset with the organization parting ways with a certain prospect than with a particular established NHL player, the prospect should rank higher on your list. The player at the bottom of your ticket should be the one the organization (and you) would miss the least if he left. The player at the top will be the one who would happily rebuild his franchise from the ground up, whether he’s a current NHL forward in the top six, a minor league goaltender, or a teenage defenseman.

Any obvious troll tickets (eg placing a current NHL player at #51) will be disqualified. The hundreds of community votes we receive will be averaged to serve as one of our panel inputs, a crowd wisdom ranking, which we’ll incorporate into the final results.

As we have done in recent years, two members of the EOTP community will receive individual ballots. To choose them, I will count the individual comments made in our weekly prospect reports this year, limiting candidates to those with no warnings on their account in the last 12 months, and who have not had an individual vote in the series in the last four years. . The two representatives will be contacted so that their votes receive the same weight as those of the staff members in determining the rankings.

If you decide to do some research for your ballot, you can read about Hadi Kalakeche’s catching the torch series, by Patrik Bexell European Outlook Reportand our extensive coverage of 2022 NHL Entry Draft. I ask that you refrain from discussing the specific or relative order of the players in the comments of this article so as not to influence the decisions of other members.


The survey you are asked to fill out has three questions.

The first asks for your EOTP username so we can validate ballots and find our panelists’ ballots (all participating staff members will also complete this same ballot during the same window).

The second is a random drag and drop list of all 51 players. Move the players around until you’re happy with your order, from the best at the top to the worst at the bottom.

The final question asks how many players you qualified for. You must have ranked at least the top 25 players for your ballot to count towards the average. Ranking all 51 would be ideal, and the more the merrier, but please rank as many as you feel comfortable with and let us know how long your list was so we don’t factor in any player ratings you missed.

There is no option to edit a ballot after it has been submitted like in previous years, but you can save your progress and review it later. Take your time to consider each player. It’s also a good idea keep track of your list for reference throughout the series as the reveal takes place.

The results will be collected in 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 9with preliminary articles from the following days.

Your ballot can be filled out below, or you can open it in its own tab here:

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