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Canadiens future watch

Several Habs prospects continue to shine during the 2018-19 campaign

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here's a quick look at the progress a few Canadiens prospects are making with their respective clubs so far this season.

Joni Ikonen

The Canadiens' second-round pick (58th overall) in 2017 has been playing his first few games of the season after recovering from surgery to his knee in June.

The forward, who was hurt on May 28 during practice with Kuopio in the Finnish Elite League, has not wasted any time getting into the thick of things.

The 19-year-old Finn lit the lamp three times in his first four games of 2018-19.

Tweet from @KalPa_Hockey: Kolme kertaa tasoihin ja lopulta ohi! 🙌Palaa viel�� hetkeksi Niiralan Montun lauantai-illan tunnelmiin tsekkaamalla KalPan osumat. 👇📺: @teliafinland I Kaikki Liiga-videot maksutta: #Liiga #Kuopio

Ikonen is only one goal away from matching his career high in Liiga after he scored four in 52 games last season.

The Habs prospect has an impressive 21.43% shooting percentage in the first four games since his return.

Jack Gorniak

After a rather difficult start with the University of Wisconsin Badgers, Gorniak seems to have found his way in January.

The 19-year-old winger has a goal and four assists in six games this month. He also registered a career-high seven shots on goal in the January 25 game against the University of Minnesota.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: 🚨 WISCONSIN GOAL!!! 🚨BEAUTY! Miller slots the puck diagonally to Gorniak and he BURIES a close-range shot past Robson to pull us back within one! Minn 3, UW 2

In his first 24 games in the NCAA, the American has 10 points (3G, 7A).

Gorniak was the Canadiens' fourth-round selection (123rd overall) by Montreal at the 2018 Draft.

Jarret Tyszka

The Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman has enjoyed a successful month of January, having collected four goals for eight points in the New Year.

Tweet from @SeattleTbirds: 📺 HIGHLIGHTS | Philp, Tyszka, and Volcan score but we fall just short to Lethbridge. Watch the highlights now.

The 19-year-old Canadian has only played 20 games this season because of an injury suffered in September's rookie tournament game between the Canadiens prospects and their Maple Leafs counterparts at Place Bell in Laval.

Tyszka left that game on a stretcher.

Since his return, the Habs' fourth-round choice (149th overall) in 2017 has 16 points (5G, 11A).

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