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.
Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes’ top pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, Elias Lindholm, was the first player from Sweden off the board (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
On June 30th, Sweden saw 25 of its citizens, two of which spent this past season in North America, and a total of 26 players from its own leagues picked by NHL teams at the 2013 NHL Draft.
Photo: The Montreal Canadiens selected forward Mike McCarron in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Montreal Canadiens arrived at the 2013 NHL Draft with nine selections. Management was looking to fill some holes in their talent pool and were willing to pay a high price to move up in the draft to get a specific player. However, the only trade Montreal made was late in the draft, when they traded their 2013 seventh round selection to the Florida Panthers for a seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.
Photo: Djurgarden forward Alexander Wennberg has seen his 2013 NHL Draft stock rise steadily this season, to the point where he has an outside chance of being chosen among the top 10 picks (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
In recent years, the number of Swedish born-and-raised players picked by NHL teams during the NHL Draft has continued to serve as proof that the nation of Sweden is currently one of the top developers of hockey talent on the planet.
Photo: Swedish forward Jacob de la Rose has not been offensively productive at the 2013 World Junior Championship but has still managed to get his name on the scoresheet (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Sweden's roster for the 2013 World Junior Championship features a handful of players that are eligible for the NHL Draft for the first time. While blue-chip prospects like Elias Lindholm and Robert Hagg have been given enough ice time to show off their skills, a highly regarded prospect like Jacob de la Rose has had to fill a more limited role that may not be a perfect fit for his abilities.