Photo: Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu leads the Montreal Canadiens Spring Top 20. Beaulieu has spent the 2013-14 season split between the AHL and NHL. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The Montreal Canadiens have a wide variety of players in their talent pool, many of whom possess a great deal of upside. There are players with offensive skills, speed, size, and physicality, as well as ones known more for their character or leadership.
Photo: Goaltender Zachary Fucale is currently in his third season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Fucale was selected 36th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Montreal Canadiens have a diverse mix of prospects playing at the junior level. They have a large group of forwards with a good mix of speed, skill, and physicality. Along the blue line, the team has two puck-moving defensive prospects with distinctly different styles of play. The Canadiens have also have a strong goaltending prospect in Zachary Fucale.
Photo: Photo: Charles Hudon is one of several offensively gifted forwards in the Montreal Canadiens system. Hudon was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)
The Montreal Canadiens spent the 2013 off-season addressing various holes in their organizational depth chart and now have good balance throughout their system. Montreal's management philosophy is to give their prospects every opportunity to seize a spot on the NHL roster. The organization is not afraid to put rookies into regular season NHL games for evaluation purposes and the approach has worked very well so far.
Photo: Forward Patrick Holland is expected to have a breakout season in 2013-14. Holland is now in his second season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)
After a successful return to the playoffs in 2013, the Montreal Canadiens are attempting to continue their youth movement at the NHL level by adding two rookies to their 2013-14 NHL roster.
Photo: Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher was one of the top rookies in the NHL last season, managing 15 goals and 13 assists through 44 games. (courtesy of Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)
The Montreal Canadiens have added quality and quantity to their talent pool over the last two years, bringing in players with good offensive skills, speed, size and physicality, but more importantly leadership and good work ethic. This could be the deepest group of prospects the Canadiens have had in their farm system for quite some time.