Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Good balance of speed, talent, and character.
  • Depth and high-end talent at most positions.
Weaknesses
  • Lack of high-end talent at the center.

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Zachary Fucale CHL 8.0 D
2. Hayden Hawkey Junior 7.0 D
3. Mike Condon Pro 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Sven Andrighetto Pro 7.5 C
2. Nikita Scherbak CHL 7.5 C
3. Mike McCarron CHL 7.5 D
4. Patrick Holland Pro 7.0 D
5. Christian Thomas Pro 7.0 D
6. Jake Evans NCAA 6.5 D
7. Stefan Fournier Pro 6.0 C
8. Maxim Trunev Europe 5.0 F

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Charles Hudon Pro 7.5 C
2. Tim Bozon Pro 7.5 D
3. Artturi Lehkonen Europe 7.5 D
4. Jiri Sekac Pro 7.0 C
5. Mark MacMillan NCAA 7.0 D
6. Connor Crisp CHL 7.0 D
7. Martin Reway Europe 7.0 D
8. Daniel Carr Pro 6.5 D
9. Jack Nevins Pro 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jacob de la Rose Pro 7.0 C
2. Jeremy Gregoire CHL 7.0 C
3. Joonas Nattinen Europe 7.0 D
4. Daniel Audette CHL 7.0 D
5. Gabriel Dumont Pro 6.5 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nathan Beaulieu Pro 8.0 C
2. Jarred Tinordi Pro 7.5 C
3. Dalton Thrower CHL 7.0 C
4. Morgan Ellis Pro 7.0 C
5. Darren Dietz Pro 7.0 C
6. Nikolas Koberstein Junior 7.0 D
7. Josiah Didier NCAA 6.5 C
8. Mac Bennett Pro 6.5 C
9. Brett Lernout CHL 6.5 C
10. Colin Sullivan NCAA 6.5 D
11. Greg Pateryn Pro 6.0 B
12. Magnus Nygren Europe 6.0 B

Hard work and character headline the first edition of Montreal Prospect Awards

by David Thicke
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Photo: Former first-round pick Louis Leblanc showed flashes of his potential in the 2011-12 season. Leblanc is on a shortlist of players who are expected to have breakout seasons in 2012-13. (Photo courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

The 2012 HF Awards are based on the Canadiens prospects 2011-12 regular seasons performances in all the leagues in which they have played this year. The award winners are selected by the HF writers and decided on after all the opinions of the HF staff have been tabulated.

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Habs’ Prospects Camp (Week 2)

by Chris Boucher
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Week 2 of the Prospect Camp began with the much anticipated return of Guy Carbonneau to the Canadiens’ family. Carbonneau, who expects it to take a couple of months to settle into his new position, looked quite comfortable on the ice. The prospects looked very anxious to be around him, almost colliding with one another in order to take passes from Carbonneau during warm-up.
Jason Ward and Eric Chouinard were on the ice nearly 45 minutes before the morning practice was scheduled to begin. Ward and Chouinard were joined by Roland Melanson. Melanson would feed the players the puck in front of the net. The passes would alternate between the backhand and forehand. Surprisingly, Ward seemed to be more comfortable than Chouinard, although Chouinard’s quick release and accuracy were prominent during the drill. Mathieu Garon also joined the drill, but that was just prior to the start of practice.
Canadiens’ assistant coach Clément Jodoin made his first on-ice appearance. He took over for André Savard, running most of the drills during practice. Savard was more of an observer, although he did contribute a few of his own drills.
Practice seemed to focus mainly on offensive and defensive triangles. Many of the drills were set up to be three on three’s . Jodoin was very specific as to how exactly the players were to cycle the puck. Carbonneau was a close observer during this section of the practice, occasionally offering some words of advice to the players. Read more»

Habs’ Development Camp (Day 3)

by Chris Boucher
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Day three of the Canadiens’ prospects camp was slightly more intense than the previous two. The drills were a little more complicated, and the players were asked to perform at a noticeably higher tempo. At the same time there were a few more smiles and laughs on the ice, as the players begin to get to know each other.
Defenseman Gennady Razin was the best player on the ice. He not only showed good puck control, he also demonstrated strong skating skills for a player of his size. Razin has a presence on the ice, the other Russian-born players seem to look to him for leadership. Especially Markov, who relies on Razin for translation.
Matt Carkner also showed good skating ability today. He moves well for a big man, and seemed very comfortable on the ice. He especially excels during the 1 on 1 drills, where he shows good lateral movement, and a strong backward to forward cross-over.
Marc-André Thinel continues to show great skills and creativity. As the camp moves along, he seems increasingly comfortable handling the puck. Ben Guité, who was chosen in the 97 Entry Draft out of the University of Maine has shown an excellent work ethic. He never stops fighting for the puck, and even uses the down-time during practice to work on his skating and puck-control. Read more»

Habs’ Prospects Break Camp

by Chris Boucher
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The Canadiens’ prospects were on the ice for the second time Wednesday morning as André Savard led them through their morning workout. The mood during warm-up was low-key, but that quickly changed as Savard, along with Michel Therrien, Roland Melanson , and Éric Lavigne began the real on-ice workout.
The practice began with a 6-man neutral zone drill. Six players were given pucks and made to skate at medium/high intensity between the two bluelines. The object of the drill was to force the players to handle the puck while keeping their heads up at all times. Marc-André Thinel really excelled during this drill. It allowed him to showcase his speed and puck-handling ability.
Due to the language barrier, Andrei Markov was given some special attention. Markov showed good speed, and a quick first step. His mobility was excellent. He paid especially close attention to the on-ice direction, and seemed to respond well to suggestions.
Mike Ribeiro was definitely the best puck-handler on the ice. He was able to have his way with opposing defensemen during drills. Until they got a hand on him. This tactic would invariably result in Ribeiro being pushed off the puck. The extra 20 pounds of muscle that Ribeiro was reported to have put on during the summer didn’t seem to help in this regard. Read more»

Habs’ Need Right Winger

by Chris Boucher
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The Canadiens have recently made many moves to bolster the front office. Bringing in solid managerial and scouting talent in Andre Savard, and Martin Madden. Both men should help Houle make the necessary choices when it comes to player movement. But the fact still remains that the Habs are an organization lacking depth; especially at the three forward positions.
Many questions are being asked by Fans and Media alike, “Are the Habs going to grab any free-agents?” And if so who?” Names such as Alexander Daigle, Stephane Richer and Claude Lemieux have been mentioned.
The fact that all 3 of these players are right wingers is no accident. The Habs’ current roster holds only 3 players with tangible NHL experience who shoot right-handed. Which creates a problem among the team’s right wingers. Why is it important for a right winger to shoot right? For 2 reasons; First, it facilitates the transition game. Especially in the defensive zone, where the transition is essential. Not only in clearing your own zone, but in creating offensive rushes. Second, it reduces the likelihood of a turnover in the defensive zone.
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