Charles Hudon
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Charles Hudon

Hometown:

Boisbriand Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-06-23

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (122nd overall), 2012

Weight:

178 lbs.

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History

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.

2015-16: Hudon made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in December 2015, recording assists in each of his first two NHL games before being returned to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. He appeared in one more game with Montreal in March, finishing +2 with 2 assists and averaging 10:42 minutes of ice time in three NHL games. Hudon led the IceCaps with 28 goals and finished second to Bud Holloway in scoring with 53 points in 67 games. He was -3 with 79 penalty minutes for St. John’s, which missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fifth in the North Division.

Talent Analysis

Known as a prolific scorer in the QMJHL, Hudon's first full season in the AHL was a smooth transition. He continues to be a scoring threat, utilizing his mix of crafty stick-work and ability to manoeuvre around traffic with ease. His array of different shots makes it hard for goaltenders to figure him out, and his ability to change speeds creates openings for both himself and his linemates. His defensive game has improved as well, making him a more dynamic, two-way player who is just as defensively responsible. His character and leadership qualities put his stock over the top.

Future

Hudon made his NHL debut with Montreal in December, skating in three games for the Canadiens during the 2015-16 while finishing as the second-leading scorer for AHL affiliate St. John's. Hudon developed some nice chemistry with Montreal's 2014 first-round pick Nikita Scherbak playing with the IceCaps and the two are expected to be a key part of the Montreal attack once they are NHL-ready.

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