Take Your Pick: The 2016 NHL Entry Draft

With the nth overall pick, in the 2016 NHL entry draft, the Montreal Canadiens are very proud to select… We will find out soon enough, Habs fans.

So with the end of a gloomy season filled with some ups, and a whole lot of downs, most fans including myself are looking forward to the 2016 draft. The Habs are currently sitting in a position to pick in the top-10 of the draft and with that, will be able to add a very promising prospect to their depth. As the days pass by, many fans are wondering and debating on who the Canadiens should pick.

In order to make a judgement on who is the best quality player, and overall the best fit in the Montreal organization, we first need to know where the draft pick will be. In order to do this, I used the commonly talked about website, NHL Lottery Simulator. I did 5 simulations, where it had the Habs picking 9th, 3rd, 1st, 9th, and then 1st. This created a mean of 5, so that’s where I will make my assumptions on for the remainder of this article.

The 5th overall pick, something that all Habs fans would be absolutely ecstatic about, would create an exciting time for the franchise where they can make a pick that would really change the makeup of the team. Though this does not answer the question, who should the Habs draft? Assuming that Auston Matthews, Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrick Laine are already selected, I give three quality options for the bleu, blanc et rouge.

 

With the 5th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the Montreal Canadiens select:

 

LW/RW ALEXANDER NYLANDER:

Photo: OHL

Photo: OHL

Brother of rival Toronto’s young gun William Nylander, this 18-year old Swedish right winger who stands at 6’0″ and 172 pounds is someone who absolutely fits the bill of what the Habs need right now. With 28 goals and 47 assists for 75 points in only 57 OHL games for the Mississauga Steelheads, this kid is a gamer. He has been a standout all year in junior, making plays which commonly leave Steelheads fans awestruck. He then made the world know his name when he put up a whopping 9 points in 7 games at the 2015 IIHF World Juniors as a 17-year old. This talented skilled winger is someone who may not be ready right away and that’s perfectly fine. Nylander is quite young and he might not have the NHL body right now, but he has the makeup to be something special, maybe that top-6 winger Habs fans have been longing for.

 

LW MATTHEW TKACHUK:

Photo: OHL

Photo: OHL

If there is one word I had to use to describe the crafty American in Tkachuk, it’s dangerous. Everytime this 6’1″ 195 pound 18-year old steps onto the ice, he is ready to make something happen. He’s an energetic winger with the shot of a ready NHLer and the vision of someone well beyond his years. In 57 OHL games this season, Tkachuk has 30 goals and 77 assists for 107 points in 57 games played. He is an electrifying player who has a big body and can handle himself quite well when it comes to the physical game. He showed this prowess again in the 2015 IIHF World Juniors where he potted 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points in 7 games. Tkachuk is a guy who may be one of the most NHL ready players to come out of this draft, someone who may only need one year of development before he’s ready to make an impact in the big club, and someone who the Habs would love to have in their organization.

 

LW PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS:

Photo: QMJHL

Photo: QMJHL

Out of Ste-Agathe-des-Monts Quebec, P-L Dubois is a massive body, standing at 6’3″ 202 pounds; this is your classic big bodied skilled winger. He is the definition of a power forward, with the shot of a sniper and the playmaking abilities of an elite passer; he is the real deal. In 62 QMJHL games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, he has a massive 42 goals and 57 assists for 99 points. This from a 17-year old. He is the youngest of the three options I’ve talked about, he’s the biggest, and he may just be the best fit. Over the years the Habs have had troubles with a few things (but not limited to): scoring and size. Pierre-Luc is the perfect mixture of both of these two needs and he only has room to grow. With the right guidance this high hockey IQ physical winger can become something special in the NHL and I’m sure he’d love to do it in his home province of Quebec. I know I would love him to join the team that all of us fans are crazy about.

 

So who do I want the Habs to draft? Personally I think that any of the three listed players are ones that completely revitalize the club and bring a fresh new outlook moving forward. Although, my preferred pick was the last one listed in Pierre-Luc Dubois. He has the body and the skill that the Habs so desperately need, and is the person who I think gives the organization the best chance at success, now and in the future.

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2 Responses to Take Your Pick: The 2016 NHL Entry Draft

  1. Hope you all enjoy!

    Shane Chase April 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm Reply
  2. I would trade with the blue jackets ,sending habs 9th pick with lars eller and nathan beaulieu for the the no.3 pick and second round pick 2016. I would be very happy if took pierre luc dubois.he’s a versatile player who canplay all the forwards position ,he’s got size and great skills.

    Rolland Gervais June 23, 2016 at 9:34 am Reply

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