Photo: Forward Louis Leblanc was selected 18th overall in 2009 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Leblanc is currently in his third season as a pro. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The 2008-09 NHL season was one of disappointment, turmoil, and failure for the Montreal Canadiens. After a first place finish the previous season, the team barely slipped into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and were swept in the first round by their longtime rivals, the Boston Bruins.
Photo: Brady Vail and the Windsor Spitfires failed to make the playoffs in 2012-13. Vail posted 55 points in 68 regular games with Windsor. (Terry Wilson / OHL Images.)
The Montreal Canadiens prospects at the lower professional levels were unable to gain any post-season playing experience as the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) and the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) failed to qualify for their respective playoffs.
Photo: Jarred Tinordi (left) and Alex Galchenyuk (right) are two prospects who are considered crucial parts to the Montreal Canadiens future. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)
The Montreal Canadiens 2013 Hockey's Future Prospect Awards are based on the 2012-13 regular season performances in all the leagues in which a Canadiens prospect has played. The award winners are selected by the HF writers and decided on after all the tabulations of the opinions from the HF staff.
Photo: Defenseman Mac Bennett has had a strong junior year with the Michigan Wolverines, posting six goals and 12 assists in 30 games. (courtesy of Tim Vizer/Icon SMI)
The Montreal Canadiens have a good mix of talent among their prospects playing in Europe and the NCAA. The organization has eight forwards and four defensemen in this group that possesses varying degrees of speed, skill, physicality, size, and grit. These young prospects have shown improvement in their development this year and could add good overall depth to the Canadiens' lineup in the near future.
Photo: Dartmouth forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Dustin Walsh looked to be coming into his own in 2011-12 but ended up sidelined for most of the season due to injury (courtesy of Bob Fisher/NHLI via Getty Images)
After having his season shortened last year due to a nasty hip injury, Dustin Walsh is now healthy and is looking to impress.
The Dartmouth forward was on pace for a breakout season last year for the Big Green before he tore his labrum and needed surgery. Walsh was off to a hot start last season with 10 points through only his first eight games. It was the first time Walsh had averaged over a point per game (1.25). He averaged the most points per game for the season for Dartmouth and it would have also been good for fifth-best in the ECAC. Walsh’s previous career high point total was 20, so he was well on his way to breaking that.