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Canadiens future watch

Cole Fonstad, Cam Hillis and Rhett Pitlick continue to impress in their respective leagues

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - A few Canadiens prospects have stood out recently.

Cole Fonstad

The fifth-round selection of the Canadiens (128th overall) in 2018 has clearly found a home with the WHL's Everett Silvertips. Acquired by the club on October 13, Fonstad has six goals and 39 points in just 26 games with his new squad.

Before joining Everett, the Estevan, SK native had two goals and nine points in nine games with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders.

Tweet from @WHLsilvertips: Ready to roll, @cole_fonstad?#LetsGoTips pic.twitter.com/nr0SE32fgg

Fonstad has eight goals and 48 points in 35 games during the 2019-20 campaign, ranking him eighth in the WHL in scoring.

But he ranks first in the league with 40 assists on the year.

Tweet from @WHLsilvertips: @cole_fonstad is a mood 🔥😃2nd Period: Everett 3Prince George 1#LetsGoTips pic.twitter.com/Iu2BSQ6GTI

His average of 1.37 points per game is also the seventh highest in the WHL ranks thus far this season.

Fonstad and the Silvertips own a 26-9-2-1 record in 38 games, which is good for third in the league.

Cam Hillis

The captain of the Guelph Storm has been a key contributor for his OHL squad since the start of the season.

Hillis, who won an OHL title with Guelph last season, has 14 goals and 53 points in 36 games thus far this year.

Tweet from @Storm_City: .@CanadiensMTL #prospect @cam_hillis with a GROSS shootout winner! 🚨#GUEvsER pic.twitter.com/k5BwNkAhI4

He has already matched his career-high with 39 assists, and he is just six points shy of matching his career-high in that department as well.

He currently ranks 11th in the OHL in points.

A third-round selection of the Canadiens (66th overall) in 2018, Hillis has collected at least a point in 25 of his 36 outings this season. He has six goals and 20 points in his last 15 games with the Storm.
 
Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 The only thing better than this @cam_hillis goal was the CELE 🔥We're up 3-0! #GUEvsBAR pic.twitter.com/fiFE0KsIeC

Hillis is also enjoying success in the faceoff circle. The Enniskillen, ON native has won 56.2% of his draws (453 of 806).

Hillis and the Storm sit third in the OHL standings with a 22-10-1-4 record in 37 games.

Rhett Pitlick

After starting the 2018-19 season with the USHL's Omaha Lancers, Pitlick was traded to the Muskegon Lumberjacks on November 26.

The change proved beneficial for Pitlick, who has two goals and nine points in eight games with Muskegon.

Pitlick actually scored his first goal with the Lumberjacks against his former club.

Tweet from @USHL: Beautiful passing by the @MuskegonJacks and the new guy has his first with his new team! #WhosNext pic.twitter.com/DadOwee9PN

He has six goals and 19 points in 25 games this season.

That ranks him fifth among rookies in points in the USHL ranks.

Tweet from @USHL: USHL HOCKEY IS BACK! Rhett Pitlick gets the first goal after the holiday break for the @MuskegonJacks! #WhosNext pic.twitter.com/LDLKaWzJxb

The Chaska, MN native is committed to the University of Minnesota for next season.

He was a fifth-round selection of the Canadiens (131st overall) in the most recent NHL Draft.

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