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.
The Montreal Canadiens surprised many hockey experts by finishing the 2013-14 NHL season fourth in the Eastern Conference and hitting the 100-point total. The team's successful run into the conference finals during the NHL playoffs showed the Canadiens are on the cusp of being a contending team in the East.
The Montreal Canadiens have a good mix of talent amongst their prospects playing in Europe and the NCAA. The organization has six forwards and three defensemen in this group that possesses varying degrees of speed, skill, and grit. These young prospects have shown improvement in their development this year and add good overall depth to the Canadiens' farm system.