2009-10: Charles Hudon played for the Saint-Eustache Vikings midget AAA team in Quebec. In 40 games he scored 23 goals with 24 assists and had 32 penalty minutes. He was selected by Chicoutimi in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2010-11: Hudon was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie team and received the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the Offensive Rookie of the Year in his first season with Chicoutimi. He also competed in two international tournaments – representing Quebec in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge and skating for Canada at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. Hudon was the second-leading scorer for the Sagueneens with 23 goals and 37 assists and was plus-26 with 42 penalty minutes in 63 games. Chicoutimi finished fourth in the East Division and was swept by Drummondville in a first round playoff series. In four playoff games Hudon had 3 assists and was minus-four with 4 penalty minutes. At the WHC, he was second among all scorers with 5 goals and 6 assists in six games. Quebec advanced to the bronze medal game. Hudon played in all seven games for fourth-place Canada at the U18 WJC and was minus-one with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Hudon again finished second to Guillaume Asselin in scoring in his second season with Chicoutimi and was a big part of the Sagueneens’ strong playoff run. He scored 25 goals with 41 assists and was plus-28 with 50 penalty minutes in 59 games as the Sagueneens slipped to fifth in the East. In the playoffs, Chicoutimi defeated Acadie-Bathurst and Shawinigan in two tight series and were the only team to defeat Memorial Cup-bound Saint John in a playoff game; taking the Sea Dogs to overtime in the last three games. Hudon scored 6 goals with 5 assists and was plus-five with 16 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. He was ranked 95th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Hudon made his pro hockey debut with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton in April 2013 following his third QMJHL season with Chicoutimi. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -5 with 4 penalty minutes in nine AHL games. The Bulldogs missed the playoffs after finishing last in the North Division. Hudon was the leading scorer for Chicoutimi with a team-high 30 goals and 41 assists in 56 games and was +15 with 66 penalty minutes. The Sagueneens finished fifth in the East Division and faced Quebec in a six-game first round series. Hudon scored 5 goals with 5 assists to lead Chicoutimi in scoring and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes in the series. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal in May 2013.
2013-14: Hudon attended training camp with the Canadiens before returning to the QMJHL — beginning the year with Chicoutimi and finishing the season with Baie-Comeau after a mid-season trade. He skated for Canada at the 2014 World Junior championship. Hudon scored 14 goals with 27 assists and was -2 with 57 penalty minutes in 33 games for Chicoutimi. He scored 12 goals with 23 assists and was +11 with 26 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games with the Drakkar. Baie-Comeau finished first in the East Division and reached the QMJHL finals, falling to Val-d’Or. Hudon scored 10 goals with 11 assists and was -3 with 30 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games for Canada at the WJC. Canada faced Russia in the bronze medal game, falling 2-1 to finish fourth.
2014-15: Hudon was the second-leading scorer for Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton in his first pro season. He scored 19 goals with 38 assists, three points behind veteran T.J. Hensick for the overall points lead (60), and was +5 with 68 penalty minutes in 75 games. Hamilton finished third in the North Division, six points behind the Chicago Wolves for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Hudon is mainly known for his offensive skills but can also play defensively as seen by his solid plus/minus differential. The talented winger is blessed with superior hockey sense, a great vision and quick hands which allow him to control the play in the offensive zone and create scoring opportunities for him and his line-mates. He has maturity beyond his age while providing leadership, character and a strong work ethic for his teammates. The smallish forward will need to add more muscle mass to withstand the physical play along the boards at the pro level while working on his skating edge control and his four-step acceleration.
Hudon will look to challenge for a roster spot with Montreal in 2015-16 in his second pro season. A proven scorer at the junior and minor pro levels, he can play the checking role and his defensive awareness could give him an edge. With several veteran forwards in the Montreal system, he could get caught in the numbers and may spend time with re-located AHL affiliate St. John's. Hudon continues to adjust to the size and speed of the pro game but with the versatility to play either wing or center his skill set suggests he can be a successful second or third line forward.