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Jared Davidson comes in as the 24th U-24 Habs player

There isn’t much going on for the month of May other than the NHL Draft lottery. So here at A Winning Habit, I’ve decided to rank the 24 best Canadiens under the age of 24. I chose to rank players closest to the NHL, so aside from David Reinbacher, there are no 2023 Draftees.

So, without further ado, let’s move on to the 24th best player, in my opinion, Jared Davidson.

Davidson’s first three junior seasons were fine, while the third was promising; with 19 points through 23 games. Davidson exploded in 2021-22, posting 42-47-89 in 64 games, which caught the attention of the Habs scouting team. The Canadiens ultimately took a chance on the 20-year-old, who they gambled would be a late bloomer.

In his draft-plus-one season, Davidson wore an “A” for his junior team, the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. His numbers weren’t as impressive as the previous season, but they weren’t anything to scoff at either: 38-44-82 through 60 games. Davidson also went on a tear during the WHL playoffs, posting 11-12-23 through 19 games en route to a WHL championship.

When his junior career ended, Davidson received news that the Laval Rocket signed him to a one-year standard American Hockey League contract. Davidson just completed his first professional hockey season with the Laval Rocket, where he played 38 games and collected 16 points; including 11 goals. It’s unclear what the Habs plan to do with Davidson, but his rights expire in June this year.

While the prospect pool contains a lot of forwards, many of whom are likely bottom-six talents at best, Davidson does bring a nice scoring touch. I believe he is worthy of an entry-level deal; he would certainly be a useful presence for the Rocket in 2024-2025. His experience this season should help him for what should be an even better season in October.

With the Canadiens looking to get younger and more competitive, there’s a good chance Joshua Roy and Emil Heineman will push for a spot. This creates a gap in the setup; which could be filled with a pure shooter. Davidson has shown that he is more than just a shooter and when he threatens to shoot, it opens up space for his linemates.

It is conceivable that Davidson could rise in this ranking next year, but for now he sits at 24th, mainly because it is unknown what his future will look like.