2013 NHL Draft: Who the Habs Should Target and Why This Draft is Vital to the Habs Future

Photo courtesy of rds.ca

Photo courtesy of rds.ca

The Montreal Canadiens are still in despair after their great season ended too soon. Well the team should be proud of their accomplishments this season, something I’ve come to realize as a fan of the CH  is that if you didnt win the cup, the season wasn’t as successful as you thought. Well the Habs have built a solid foundation and have solid prospect depth within the organization, it is evident that fans from “Les Glorieux ” also known as “The Glory Days ” expect significantly  more then fans from the current generation. That’s to be expected though, when you’re treated to the likes of Guy Lafleur and Rocket Richard  on a daily basis along with frequent cups.

Round One Potential Canadiens Picks (25th Overall): In all honesty, I feel Montreal has something up their sleeve to move into the top 15 picks. That’s what an abundance of picks in the first 3 rounds can do for a team, help you collect a blue chip prospect, which is exactly what Montreal needs to replenish in their system now that Galchenyuk has graduated to an NHLer. Anyways, I’ve gotten off topic enough, time to get down to the nitty gritty.

Adam Erne – Quebec Remparts: Adam is a 6’1 195lb winger that plays his best game when he drives to the net and uses his deadly wrist shot. He plays a very smart game in the offensive zone, has great vision and is successful in going to the dirty areas. Erne had 72 points, 28 being goals in his draft eligible season. Adam would be a welcomed fit to a Canadiens team lacking size, which makes him a nice fit out of the 25th spot.

Jason Dickinson – Guelph Storm: From the Guelph games I took in this season, it seemed that Jason could have been a surefire top 15 pick had he  been more consistent. He showed flashes of brilliance this season and those flashes really intrigue me when looking at a player who has a 6’2 176 frame that hasn’t even filed out yet. Dickinson is a very creative play maker which is one of his best assets as well as his excellent stick handling ability. Once Dickinson fills out his frame, you’d hope he uses that to drive the net more, which at the moment, is one of the lackluster parts of his game that he needs to improve, especially if he wants to win puck battles at the next level. Dickinson put up 47 points in 66 games in the OHL last season.

I mentioned Dickinson and Erne more in depth because I feel the Canadiens will strongly consider both these big bodies. As the Bruins are strongly showing in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, a combination of size and skill is needed to be successful in today’s NHL. Well the Canadiens have some nice pieces in their farm, the need to add a player of Erne, Dickinson, Mantha or Gauthier to their system will pay dividends when all of the Habs young talent starts to evolve and play at the next level. Well it is unlikely Mantha or Gauthier is available at the 25 slot, the Canadiens have the assets in order to move up if they so choose. An interesting scenario to me right now is Edmontons 7th overall pick. This pick is by no means safe and Montreal definitely has the assets to swap with Edmonton for that pick and draft a blue chip,  skilled player at 7 like Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan or Hunter Shinkaruk. Adding a player like this will signifcantly bolster the Canadiens farm and definitely help Montreal in their drive for 25 for many years to come.

 

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