Since the general manager Kent Hughes took the place of Marc Bergevinthe Montreal Canadiens have taken a complete turn towards the future.
It started with the departures of Tyler Toffoli, Ben Chiarot and Artturi Lehkonen. In those trades, Hughes brought in draft picks as well as young players to bolster the prospect bank. Also remember that Bergevin had made some good selections who are still hopefuls today who could have a promising future with the Habs.
Tony Ferrari of The Hockey News produced an excellent article on the pool of hopefuls that the Canadian has.
First, let’s review again the players selected during the last draft.
Round 1 (1st) – Juraj Slafkovský, AG, TPS Turku (Liiga)
Round 1 (26th) – Filip Mešár, RW, Poprad HK SKP (Slovakia)
Round 2 (33rd) – Owen Beck, C, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Round 2 (62nd) – Lane Hutson, D, US National Development Team (USHL)
Round 3 (75th) – Vinzenz Rohrer, C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Round 3 (92nd) – Adam Engström, D, Djurgardens Jr. (J20 Nationall)
Round 4 (127th) – Cedrick Guindon, LW, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Round 5 (130th) – Jared Davidson, C, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Round 6 (162nd) – Emmett Croteau, G, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
Round 7 (194th) – Petteri Nurmi, D, HPK Hameenlinna (Liiga)
Round 7 (216th) – Miguel Tourigny, D, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (LHJMQ)
Among these players is the most important hope of the concession. Sure enough, that’s how Slafkovsky will be viewed in the coming seasons.
Now here’s what the prospect pool looks like by position.
LW: Juraj Slafkovský, Sean Farrell, Emil Heineman, Luke Tuch, Rafaël Harvey-Pinard
C: Jan Myšak, Owen Beck, Ty Smilanic, Oliver Kapanen, Riley Kidney
RW: Filip Mešar, Vinzenz Rohrer, Joshua Roy, Blake Biondi
GM: Kaiden Guhle, Lane Hutson, Jordan Harris, Mattias Norlinder, Jayden Struble, Logan Mailloux
DD: Justin Barron, Dmitri Kostenko, Daniil Sobolev
G: Cayden Primeau, Jakub Dobes, Frederik Dichow
According to Ferrari, the strength of the Habs’ hopes is obviously its wings. With players such as Slafkovsky, Mesar, Heineman, Kidney or Roy, it promises a lot on that side. We should also mention that these will be added to a formation that already has Cole Caufield.
However, he feels that the center line is still not good enough. Although the Canadian already has Nick Suzuki and Kirby DashFerrari believes that this center line lacks a bit of super attacking talent.