Florian Xhekaj shines with a superb goal

While everyone is excited and impressed by Juraj Slafkovsky’s recent performances with the Montreal Canadiens, other young promises of the club also stand out, but outside the National Hockey League.

Without further ado, here are the performances of the CH candidates that attracted attention this weekend.

Florian Xhekaj – Left winger – 19 years old

Arber’s brother is having a very good season in the OHL with the Brantford Bulldogs (39 points, 21 goals and 18 assists, in 47 games).

In fact, Florian

Xhekaj is currently experiencing great growth as he proves great things night after night.

Furthermore, after having obtained his 20th goal of the season on FridayXhekaj added more last night by scoring a magnificent solo goal.

Xhekaj showed off all his speed and talent in the sequence, as he overwhelmed one opponent before taking down another.

In short, Xhekaj is progressing well in the OHL and it is very possible that we will one day see him join his brother in Montreal in a supporting role on a fourth line.

His rugged playing style and offensive touch would be great assets to have on a fourth line.

Owen Beck – Center – 20 years

Since being traded to the Saginaw Spirit, CH prospect Owen Beck has been even hotter.

He was already having a good season with the Peterborough Petes, but it was really upon his arrival in Saginaw that Beck exploded.

It’s good for him that the move paid off this time, given that his transition from Mississauga to Peterborough was difficult last season.

In short, before Friday, Beck had 17 points in 12 games with Saginaw, but now in two games (Friday and Saturday), Beck had six points, which puts him at 23 in 14 games.

Yesterday he had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win against the Erie Otters.

This is your goal.

And on Friday, he scored two goals and an assist in a 5-4 overtime win against the Owen Sound Attack and prospect CH. Cedrick Guindon.

Here’s Beck’s second goal of the game.

In short, things are going well for Beck, who has a total of 53 points (24 goals and 29 assists) in 39 games.

It is very possible that he will make the leap to the professional category next season.

He will be someone to watch in CH training camp to see if he can carve out a spot in Montreal.

Other outstanding performances by the CH candidates


  • Cédrick Guindon scored three goals in two games (Friday and Saturday), bringing his point tally this season to 50 (23 goals and 27 assists) in 51 games.
  • Filip Mesar had an assist on Friday in the Kitchener Rangers’ 5-4 loss against the Kingston Frontenacs. Things are not going well these days for Mesar, who has only three points in his last seven games. In total this season he has 38 points (16 goals and 22 assists) in 29 games.


  • Lane Hutson had two assists Friday in Boston University’s 7-1 victory over Merrimack University. He now has 35 points (10 goals and 25 assists) in 25 games.
  • Jacob Fowler recorded a 6-1 victory on Friday, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced against the University of New Hampshire.

Here’s the rest of Friday’s lineup.

And for Saturday.

A lot

– Obviously you can’t miss it today.

– Very funny.

– A file to follow from now until the transaction deadline of March 8.

– Read.

– Tough defeat for Canada, which must now wait for a victory for Spain against Hungary to qualify for the Paris Olympic Games.

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