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The October 3 regular season opener in Carolina is fast approaching, but many Canadiens prospects have already seen action in their respective leagues

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

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

Allan McShane

The Canadiens' fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2018 kicked off his campaign with the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals.

The 19-year-old forward scored his very first shorthanded goal in the OHL in the Generals' 4-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs on September 29. McShane also added a pair of helpers in that contest.

Tweet from @Oshawa_Generals: When we say he has been on fire, we really mean it. That's @allan_mcshane's third of the season!#OSHvsKGN pic.twitter.com/BYXHvsAlxK

In four games since things got underway in the OHL, the Collingwood, ON native has three goals and six points.

Tweet from @Oshawa_Generals: Shaner's back in mid-season form already! 🎉#OSHvsMISS pic.twitter.com/3HN1aVBmYn

McShane also had a strong showing in the dot, winning 32 of 49 faceoffs for an impressive 65.31% effectiveness on the draw.

Tweet from @Oshawa_Generals: Oooooooh it's a pretty passing play 😍@TylerTullio ������ @allan_mcshane 🎉#OSHvsMISS pic.twitter.com/rygYwQGMSI

In large part thanks to the Habs prospect, Oshawa remains unbeaten through their first four games of the regular season. The Soo Greyhounds are the only other OHL team to boast a perfect record after the first week of action.

Mattias Norlinder

The 19-year-old defender is starting his 2019-20 campaign with Modo in the SuperElit league, earning one assist in the one game he's played. Norlinder's performance earned him a call-up to the big club in the Allsvenskan league.

Since being sent up, the Habs' third-round pick (64th overall) in 2019 has turned heads, notably thanks to this incredible goal he scored on September 25.

Tweet from @MODO_Hockey: Mattias Norlinder s��tter det avslutande m��let i kv��llens 7-1-seger ��ver Mora IK! ��\_(���)_/�� #modose #matchdag pic.twitter.com/BgmQbruOKB

Norlinder has two tallies in four games with Modo on top of a plus-2 differential.

The Kramfors, Sweden native is getting the chance to play with a former NHL rearguard, Tobias Enstrom. The 34-year-old Swede played 11 seasons in the League with the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets, finishing with 54 goals and 308 points in 719 games.

Seems like the Canadiens prospect will benefit from some valuable mentorship in Sweden this season.

Cole Fonstad

The 2018-19 Western Hockey League (WHL) champion with the Prince Albert Raiders is picking up right where he left off last season.

Fonstad, Montreal's fifth-round pick (128th overall) in 2018, collected one goal and two assists in the Raiders' first four games of play.

He scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on September 21.

Tweet from @PARaidersHockey: SCORES! @cole_fonstad breaks the deadlock with 7:58 to play!1-0 us.#SASvsPA #GoRaidersGo #WHLOpeningWeek pic.twitter.com/sCc2sspE5a

Prince Albert remains undefeated in regulation so far this season, with a 3-0-1 record through the first week.

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