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It's the end of the session and several young defenders are being examined

It's the end of the session and several young defenders are being examined

Whether it's the opener or Saturday night's season finale against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the evaluation never stops for the Canadian. And what is currently made of some of the young defenders could have a huge impact on the future.

Players and coaches prefer not to talk too much about next year, because there is still work to be done in the final six games on the schedule. But everyone is well aware of how many defensemen will present themselves next training camp with a real chance to snag a spot on the Canadiens' blue line.

Of these youngsters, Kayden Guehle and Arber Cicaj are likely to have already taken control of their position next year. The first, logically, because of the superiority of his game and the responsibilities already placed on his shoulders; The second is because of the rare and crucial assets he brings to the defensive brigade.

Bothered by injuries, Gohle and Shikai missed Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, which ended in a 4-2 loss. With just ten days left in the season, it is unknown if and when they will return to training.

In their absence, Jordan Harris, Jayden Strobel, and Justin Barron — who was recently called up from the Laval Rocket — will see their rotations increased against the Leafs. When we talk about players being evaluated, here are three that are at the heart of the question.