Found October 22, 2012 on The Hockey Guys:
Getty Images/Jamie Sabau   By James Stephan (@J_Habs) Reactions around the hockey world following the NHLPA refusing the offer given by Gary Bettman and the NHL have amplified the fear of losing the entire 2012-2013 NHL season which has been at the back of every hockey fan’s mind. While fans are praying for a Hockey Gods miracle that would lead to a new CBA agreement, it is likely they will end up with yet another layer of disappointment to add to what been an excruciating few months. With the NHL season in the rearview mirror Hockey fans have much to turn their attention to such as prospects. Habs fans have a handful of prospects to keep an eye on throughout the year and for those who aren’t so familiar with the “young guns” this is the perfect time to take a gander. Below are five notable Habs prospects worth keeping an eye on this season. Top five Montreal Canadiens prospects to watch #5 – Brady Vail, #97 Windsor Spitfires (OHL) – C- 6’1, 194lbs. 11 GP, 5G, 9A, 14PTS Selected 94t...
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