Montreal Canadiens: Looking into Garrett McFadden and Tye Felhaber
By: Omar White, AWinningHabit.com
Garrett McFadden and Tye Felhaber are the next two names to join the Montreal Canadiens organization as they’ve joined the Laval Rocket on tryouts.
The amateur tryouts continue for the Laval Rocket, and so does the search for potential talent within the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool. However, there have been some deductions. Matt Petgrave and Bailey Webster were released from their tryouts on Tuesday.
Webster was quickly passed by other players in limited time trying to make an impact in Trevor Owens, Johnny Austin, and Adam Plant. Petgrave, on the other hand, was already part of the organization via the Brampton Beast scoring 8 goals and 14 assists in 42 games but couldn’t do enough to prove that he belongs in the AHL.
It goes to show that the Laval Rocket are serious with this screening process. Yes, they’re handing out a lot of opportunities to different players, however, if you’re not up to par with what the team is looking for, you’re sent on your way. It’s the gritty business of professional sports and something that will help Laval improve for the seasons to come.
Let’s start with McFadden who just had his season come to an end with the Guelph Storm who were eliminated from the first round of the OHL playoffs. The 20-year-old is a left-shot defenceman who can skate and make a play. McFadden has alright offensive numbers putting up 6 goals and 38 assists in 68 games this season, but they don’t jump out at you.
Scouting reports from NHL Draft Black Book made a note of his ability to rush the puck up ice and find his forwards with nice stretch passes. Additionally, as an offensive defenceman in most regards, he likes to take care of his own end prevent opportunities in front of his net despite the difference in size in most occasions (McFadden stands at five-foot-eleven and 184 pounds).