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Montreal with Seven Prospects at 2018 World Junior Championship

Montreal with Seven Prospects at 2018 World Junior Championship

It’s Boxing Day! For some, this means lots of shopping, but for true Canadians, it means something bigger; the start of one of the most exciting tournaments of the year with many future NHL stars. For the first time in recent years, after fans thought the cupboards were bare, the Montreal Canadiens have seven of their prospects […]

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Deadweight Acquisitions Stunting Prospect Growth

Deadweight Acquisitions Stunting Prospect Growth

    One thing general manager Marc Bergevin has been adamant about since the beginning of his tenure in Montreal is that you can never have too much depth. Well, he’s wrong; there is such a thing as too much depth. Given Montreal’s situation on defence and their bottom six, the amount of depth signings/trades […]

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2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #1 Ryan Poehling

2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #1 Ryan Poehling

A highlight reel often inflates the perception of a player’s ability. It makes sense, as a selection of highlights are the best players the player made that season, but lacking in nuance. The opposite has happened to 2017’s 25th overall pick Ryan Poehling. Nowhere will you find a smattering of gorgeous plays by Poehling. Instead, […]

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2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #2 Noah Juulsen

2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #2 Noah Juulsen

While the raw production never took off, Noah Juulsen ends his junior career as a terrific player on both sides of the puck. The fourth-year blue liner took both his offensive and defensive games to new heights this season. Juulsen’s 0.31 5v5 P1/GP was among the WHL’s best blue liners, and he took home WHL […]

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2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #3 Nikita Scherbak

2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #3 Nikita Scherbak

Few prospects have captivated me like Scherbak. He’s a dynamic force with endless creativity and size, but after “tantalizing” the next word that comes to mind is “frustrating.” These “two Scherbaks” are often visible in the same game. One shift, Scherbak will steal the puck and dominate the remainder of his shift in the offensive […]

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2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #4 Joni Ikonen

2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #4 Joni Ikonen

If one prospect in the Canadiens organization who exemplifies multidimensionality in attack, it’s Joni Ikonen. Not only does the 5’11” forward have a reputation as a sniper, he’s a legitimately talented playmaker who creates lanes like few prospects can. In any given year, glancing over the NHL’s top scorers is generally filled with multidimensional offensive […]

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2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #6 Charlie Lindgren

2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #6 Charlie Lindgren

Undoubtedly the IceCaps’ MVP this season, Lindgren solidified himself as a top prospect in the organization. The AHL All-Star was superhuman throughout his first 20 games, inconsistent through January and February, but superhuman once more to close out the season. In addition to grabbing two NHL wins, it was an interesting case study on the […]

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2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #7 Michael McCarron

2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #7 Michael McCarron

This was a complex season for Michael McCarron. The 6’6″ forward got off to a slow start in the AHL, and was generally unimpressive in the NHL. Yet, there are still reasons to be optimistic about McCarron’s chances of carving out an NHL career. When he was on, he was able to dominate AHL games. […]

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2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #8 Josh Brook

2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #8 Josh Brook

After a steady rise throughout the season, Josh Brook enters the prospect pool as one of the organization’s most promising rearguards. Brook has been on the radar for years. After being the fourth pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, he was named the SMHL’s (Minor Midget) Top Defender. He had a quiet, but effective […]

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2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #9 Victor Mete

2017 Top 30 Habs Prospects: #9 Victor Mete

Sometimes, it might not be immediately clear why a talented prospect went lower than expected in the draft class. It could be as simple as every team having one prospect higher, or as complex as off-ice issues. But if there has been one type of prospect consistently going lower than expected, but immediately outperforming their […]

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In Defence of Jonathan Drouin

                                                                                    (Jonathan Drouin: Photo by TVA Sports) The Montreal Canadiens have slipped out the […]

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