Photo: Forward Martin Reway will play the 2014-15 season in the Czech Republic after spending the past two seasons in the QMJHL. Reway was picked in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Vaxjo Lakers/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The Montreal Canadiens head into the 2014-15 season with key positions up for grabs on their NHL roster. The battle between Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi is the most intriguing. The Canadiens two most promising prospects will compete directly for the opening on left defense. Whoever successfully wrestles away this opportunity will make a great leap toward developing into a top-pairing NHL defenseman.
Photo: Goaltender Dustin Tokarski made his NHL playoff debut on May 19th, 2014, starting in place for an injured Carey Price. Though the Canadiens lost in six to the New York Rangers, Tokarski was solid, managing a 2-3 record and a 2.60 goals against average. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the Hamilton Bulldogs failing to capture an AHL playoff spot, the Montreal Canadiens recalled a large group of prospects, including Nathan Beaulieu and Dustin Tokarski, as the Black Aces practice squad. Michael Bournival and Jarred Tinordi were already playing at the NHL level at the end of the NHL regular season and were part of Montreal's playoff roster.
Photo: Forward Charles Hudon had a strong 2013-14 season in the QMJHL, managing 26 goals and 50 assists in 57 games. Hudon was traded in January from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The 2013-14 season saw solid improvement and excellent development across the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool. Michael Bournival made the jump to the NHL level this season while Nathan Beaulieu, Louis Leblanc, and Jarred Tinordi saw more time with the parent club this year.
Photo: Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu leads the Montreal Canadiens Spring Top 20. Beaulieu has spent the 2013-14 season split between the AHL and NHL. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The Montreal Canadiens have a wide variety of players in their talent pool, many of whom possess a great deal of upside. There are players with offensive skills, speed, size, and physicality, as well as ones known more for their character or leadership.
Photo: Guelph winger Jason Dickinson has been a standout at both ends of the ice for the Storm. The Dallas Stars draft pick registered nine assists in his last five games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Welcome to the January 2014 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.