written by Marc Lapierre (@MarcLapi)
Charles Hudon was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 122nd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Alma, Quebec native is not a big guy by any stretch but has tremendous offensive skills, character and an excellent work ethic.
The smallish forward certainly has the aptitudes to be the best Quebecois from that 2012 draft class.
Right Place, Right Time
At only 18 years of age, Hudon is already a marvelous talent and quite impressive on the ice for his stature. He has a great hockey sense, elite vision and an uncanny understanding of the game. As a cerebral player, Hudon reads the play well and is most often always in the right place at the right time.
The gifted winger is blessed with first-class hands and a magnificent scoring touch. In fact, you can’t teach the natural offensive skills that he displays every night. He also has a good shot but needs to work on his quick release.
A little slow?
The supposed skating issue that has followed him throughout his junior career in Chicoutimi has been blown out of proportion a little bit by the media. In fact, he seems to have improved that facet of his game in the last year or so.
However, Hudon is still missing that extra gear to really bust out from the pressure or to blast by the defense. The undersized winger also needs to bulk up and get stronger in the next few years.
Can he make it in the show?
Hudon has essentially no chance to crack the Canadiens lineup right after his junior days in “La belle province”. He should suit up for the Bulldogs in Hamilton of the AHL for a solid year or two, which will be beneficial for his development.
Hudon’s size will probably also hold him back from moving up the echelons as quickly as he would like but you really have to admire his bulldog mentality. It will be an uphill battle for Hudon but if he can improve his speed and be a little bit stronger on the puck, he certainly has the hockey sense to make it the show.