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Meet One Of The Most Underrated Picks of The 2022 NHL Draft..

Published August 11, 2022 at 6:39 PM
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In the 2019 NHL Draft the Canadiens selected a 5'9» LW out of the USHL's USNTDP juniors, and since his play has deemed him a high-risk, high-reward pick, coming at the 124th selection of the draft.

Sean Farrell has been an absolute steal of a pick, strictly based on performance and development. Since being drafted by the Canadiens in 2019, Farrell has played two seasons in the USHL with the Chicago Steel, scoring 44 goals, 113 assists for 157 points, through 97 games. The Harvard University Crimson commit has a full NCAA season under his belt, playing 24 games, scoring ten goals, 18 assists for 28 points.

Internationally Farrell has been a welcomed addition to the Americans squad for both the Olympics and World Championships. Through four games with the Americans in the Olympics, Farrell scored three goals, three assists for six points. In the World Hockey Championships, Farrell proved again that he can play against older, more competitive opponents - scoring two goals, four assists for six points through ten games.

Farrell is set to return back to Harvard for the 2022-23 NCAA season, furthering his education and development. Canadiens director of player development Adam Nicholas, calls Farrell a ‘silent assassin', citing Farrell isn't a loud, extrovert - he handles his business with a quiet, cool demeanour, allowing his play to do the talking. He uses his IQ, and abilities to get out of dangerous situations, while exploiting defenders with crisp passes, setting up teammates for high-danger scoring chances and eluding defenders with deft puckhandling skills. Caufield deemed Farrell a ‘steal' when the pick was announced on twitter, Caufield has familiarity with Farrell having both played in the USHL and NCAA, both players have made a career out or proving doubters wrong, showing that once out on the ice, the size of the player comes second to the importance of the players on-ice abilities, and performances.


While this year's training camps in Montreal will be a fun one to watch unravel, then following year will also be an interesting camp, with Farrell also fighting for a spot. Adding Farrell to St. Louis's repertoir, gives St. Louis another similar-statured player to himself, to deploy and give opposing teams fits. Gone are the days of the Canadiens roster being very undersized, however, St. Louis and co. are very excited with the smaller pieces going forward, such as: Sean Farrell, Cole Caufield and Lane Hutson - to name a few, are intriguing, undersized ‘assassins' going into the future for the Canadiens.
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