The Canadiens on the verge of reuniting the Xhekaj brothers in their organization?

Published December 14, 2022 at 6:10 PM

Arber Xhekaj needs no introduction in Montreal, he has become a real darling of Habs fans, thanks to his rugged style of play, the fact that he can defend his teammates and as a bonus, he can play some good hockey.

The fact that he has never been drafted in his life, either in junior or in the National Hockey League, makes his story even more fascinating, especially since he made the jump directly to the NHL.

He completely flew under the radar, which makes him a solid acquisition by the Canadiens.

If you didn't know, Arber has a younger brother named Florian, and he has a similar profile.

The younger Xhekaj, an 18-year-old forward, is already 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He is a hard worker, plays a very rugged style and is a tough cookie.

He plays in the Ontario Junior League for the Hamilton Bulldogs after being passed over in the OHL draft.

Don't think he was only noticed because of his older brother's accomplishments. Florian finished as his club's leading scorer last year in the GOJHL with 40 points in 48 games. He had several offers on the table.

This season, in 26 games, he has seven goals and 11 points with 48 penalty minutes. Like his brother last year, Xhekaj is feared by his opponents, as he has already won four battles.

As reported by, in an interview with an English media outlet, Florian Xhekaj admits that he has been fighting with his older brother his whole life. Seeing Arber's physical play, it gives us a good idea how tough the little brother must be today.

Florian Xhekaj with the Montreal Canadiens?

It is possible, with a late draft pick or possibly through a signing, if he is never drafted, that the CH could get their hands on him.

Would you like to see the Montreal Canadiens acquire Florian Xhekaj? He could certainly play a role in the organization, either with the Tricolore or the Rocket.

After missing out on Arber, let's bet that NHL teams are seriously looking at Florian, especially since there seems to be something magical about the Xhekaj's with their development curve increasing in a very impressive way.

December 14   |   216 answers
The Canadiens on the verge of reuniting the Xhekaj brothers in their organization?

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