Discussion in 'Montreal Canadiens' started by Adam Michaels, Jun 23, 2018.
Wow that was nifty. Kid's got serious mitts
Most underrated prospect in our system imo. Really like how he reacts to heavy forecheck in his own zone. So quick, smart and aware of the play.
I've been saying he's a top 10 prospect for us for sure. What's so impressive is that he's undersized, had just turned 18 3 months before the season started, playing on his off-side, has been on the top pairing all year and yet in 33 games he's been a minus player only 4 times. I know the plus minus stat isn't valued but in context of what I just just posted above, to be even or plus in 29 of 33 games this year and 2 of the 4 happened early in the season, so he's only been a minus player 2 of his last 25 games.
Any chance we might see him at the WJC next year?
I'm hoping he gets invited to the summer camp. I got to think he's on their radar for sure but would need to look at who they have coming back to see how good his chances are.
I know it's plus minus and all but Harris sitting at a +21 in 36 games while playing on the top pairing. Has only been a minus in 4 games this year and 2 of them were early on, in his last 28 games he's been a minus player just 2 times. That's ****ing impressive. What a find by the scouts imo.
The 2nd assist was awesome.
I think the Habs scouts have a knack for finding defensemen and goalies, even in later rounds or undrafted ones. I think they've done better with the forwards of late. But defensemen and goalies, for the most part, they know what they're doing.
He's a smooth operator out there. His question mark in his draft year was hockey sense (hard to gauge when you are drafting out of the league he's drafted out of) but I haven't seen those flags at the higher level.
so he played on the top pairing as a freshman on his weak side? That's pretty impressive. Didn't know that. Nice to have another Larry David in the system who seems to have some solid upside.
yes he's almost always at RD, in the playoffs they seemed to cut back his ice time a little, not sure why cause he played well in every game. What a season he had, the production wasn't great with just 1 goal but for a guy that got almost zero PP time, what's impressive is how much poise he has for a kid that just turned 18 3 months before the season started and yet was on the top pairing all year. His numbers should be much higher next year as he should be a regular on the PP. He's so much like Mete imo.
“It's been good. I'm just happy to be able to contribute to the team... I trust in our team and our ability to do well. It was definitely a bit of an adjustment coming from high school. The speed, the way we play... The coaches have been great with their support and always sharing their knowledge. It's been good... My teammates have been great. I've talked to some of the older guys and they've given some great advice on how to go through your daily routine. Know that it's a long season and try not to get too high or too low. In Northeastern, I couldn't ask for a better place or team to step right into... School is important to me, definitely... I think eventually I want to get my degree. That's something that means a good amount... The plan right now is stay at school as long as Montreal wants me there...”
“I'd say understanding the game as a whole, mentally... The college game is more team-oriented and just understanding what's expected of you as a player at a higher level. In high school, it's not as system-oriented. You've had to focus on the smaller details. That's been one thing that's stuck out to me. Like making sure you're doing every little detail to the best of your capabilities. Like 100% of the time and just being diligent throughout 60 minutes of games...”
“It was really cool winning the Beanpot... Especially growing up in Massachusetts and watching it myself as a kid. It was definitely really exciting... My family and I would always go to college games when I was young. The Beanpot was definitely on our list of games to see during the year. A little. I was just happy to contribute to the game. It definitely settled me in a little bit to the game. It was nice to get on the scoreboard as a team. It was a little bit of a confidence-booster, for sure...”
“Playing at TD Garden was definitely really special... I would say it was definitely the most people I've played in front of at this point... So far, yes, definitely. Especially with all the students from my school who came out. I definitely noticed it when we got out there. It didn't really hit me until at the game or even the next day. Before the game, you're just focused on what you've to do. It doesn't really hit you then... But looking back on the pictures and some of the videos the next day I was like: wow, it's kind of crazy to be in that position finally.”
Is Harris a LD or RD?
Initially a LD. It's the Harris's position. Played before as a RD.
He's a LD that spent most of the year at RD because their top D Davies was a LD. Every now and then he would get a shift or two at LD. Now that Davies is gone to sign with NJ, we'll see what the plan is for him, he should see a bigger role for sure as I did not understand why he saw so little time on the PP. Yes he's very much like Mete so he doesn't have a big shot at all but he's smart and can move the puck well. I think he's got some decent offensive skills so hopefully with PP time he can get 20-25 pts next year.
“Hearing my name called at the 2018’s NHL Entry Draft? A little nervous, for sure...You go through the teams and your interviews and try to think about what connections you’ve. You definitely feel the nerves. It was a whirlwind. It’s a tremendous honor to be drafted by a team like Montreal with its past. I’m extremely grateful... I had seen their scouts at games and stuff. But I didn’t know the extent to which they were interested. But it’s an honour coming here and being part of this organization... It’s very special. We always went to Bruins games and stuff like that and I follow them during the season a little bit. So coming here was kind of funny... I got some stuff going with my buddies.”
“I honestly don’t really have a timeline for making the NHL, I just want to get as good as I can and continue training. Whatever Montreal thinks, hopefully it’s good feedback from them. But there’s no specific timeline that I’ve in mind... You definitely see more defencemen having success at my size. Just the speed of the game and the skill involved today, you see more opportunity compared to say 10 years ago.”
“My skating? It’s always just been a comfort thing. I think it adds a little more mobility in my ankles. How did I learn to skate like that? I don’t know... I like to think I’ve always been a pretty good skater. I worked a lot at it. I’ve skated with Kim Brandvold (Boston Bruins’ skills and skating coach) at Merrimack College. I’ve worked a lot of hours at it... My game is built all around my skating... I like to keep tight gaps and create turnovers and transition the puck. Break out the puck and join in the offence.”
“Coaches always preach it to keep your head up. It’s something I’ve worked at... I don’t really notice it now... It’s just kind of how I’ve always played... Coaches have drilled that into my had since a young age.”
“My decision to go to Northeastern? There’s a few factors... It’s a Boston school and I kind of grew up watching them. I like their playing style, for sure... They definitely like the D to join the offence and like to play at a quick space. They’re led by great coaches and that was definitely a huge factor. They’re a school that’s coming up.”
Will be interesting to see him at development camp against players his own age - and see if we can get a glimpse into whether or not the hype on these boards is warranted or not.
He was pretty good at the dev camp last year
+/- does mean something contrary to how some think it's useless. If it was useless, they would not track the stat. You definitely can get a feel of how the player performs when you compare his +/- to the entire team. Only 2 guys with a - who didn't play all year. So this tells me their entire team was good defensively and Harris was one of the reasons why
I do recall some people on our boards saying he looked solid in development camp
yeah it was either Stu Cowan or some other Hab beat writer that wrote a little piece on him saying he caught his eye.
We have a few grade B guys that can surprise. Ikonen, Ylonen, Harris, McShane, Oloffson to name a few
We have a good prospect pool but as of today, Harris and Ylonen are a tier above these guys on my ranking. Ikonen can still surprise. Oloffson and McShane have flaws that lower their ceiling: McShane's skating and Oloffsson's offensive IQ. But they're still really young and can improve on those, hopefully.
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