Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon is looking pretty good for a fifth-round draft pick.
Hudon, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound forward, is one of two Canadiens prospects taking part in the Team Canada summer development camp in preparation for this year’s world junior tournament in Malmo, Sweden. The other is goalie Zach Fucale, the Canadiens’ second-round pick at this year’s NHL draft.
The first part of the camp, which was held at the Canadiens’ Brossard practice facility, wrapped up on Monday before the players headed to Lake Placid, N.Y., to play three exhibition games against Finland on Wednesday, Sweden on Thursday and the United States on Saturday.
Hudon, who was the 122nd overall pick at the 2012 NHL draft, turned heads at last summer’s Canada-Russia Challenge series with a goal and two assists in four games. He went on to make Team Canada for last year’s world junior tournament, but wasn’t able to play because of a back injury.
“What happened last year was a very difficult thing for me to deal with – a huge disappointment,” Hudon told Canadiens.com. “It was so hard for me to come back to Canada with nothing hanging around my neck. Right now I’m taking things day by day; employing the same strategy that (Team Canada coach Brent) Sutter is using with our team. Take things one day at a time and don’t think about tomorrow.”
Hudon added that he still hasn’t fully recovered from the back injury that limited him to 56 games with the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens last season, when he posted 30-41-71 totals. He also played nine games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, posting 1-2-3 totals.
“Charles will surprise a lot of people who don’t really know him,” Ryan Jankowski, the head scout for Hockey Canada, told Canadiens.com. “He’s very well regarded by the people in this program who’ve been there before me, know his abilities and know what he could bring to the table.”
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