When Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk was drafted in 2012, most NHL pundits referred to the situation as a major shake-up. One thing that did not change was the man in power, Trevor Timmins, who was majorly responsible for how the Canadiens drafted over the last decade or so. Since 2003, he has aided in re-stocking the historic franchise’s cupboards. Read more»
The Montreal Canadiens have been known for excellent drafting and patience in prospect development, and we are beginning to see major results. Several of their first- and second-round selections are on the verge of taking the next big step to becoming a regular NHL player, after progressing through the farm system. Among those names, Nikita Scherbak and Mike McCarron head the list, with Charles Hudon trailing not too far behind—all names that are a big part of the team in Saint John’s. Read more»
Since the days of Mats Naslund, the Montreal Canadiens have been on the forefront of European scouting. This is the organization that drafted Viacheslav Fetisov in 1978 and Vladislav Tretiak in 1983, anticipating the Russian invasion by over a decade. Even a cursory glance over their NHL roster confirms that the Habs have nurtured a fruitful European pipeline. The newest batch of European talent features crafty wingers like Artturi Lehkonen and Martin Reway, who are looking to follow in the steps of Naslund. Read more»
Despite graduating phenomenal young players like Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, and Michael Bournival, the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool continues to look strong. While restocking, the Canadiens have also managed to diversify their prospect pool, developing players of many different styles and capabilities at all positions.
The Montreal Canadiens head into the 2014-15 season with key positions up for grabs on their NHL roster. The battle between Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi is the most intriguing. The Canadiens two most promising prospects will compete directly for the opening on left defense. Whoever successfully wrestles away this opportunity will make a great leap toward developing into a top-pairing NHL defenseman.