Montreal Canadiens: August 30 in 30

Mike Barrett

2016-08-16

Mikhail Sergachev - photo courtesy: Aaron Bell/ CHLImages

 

When Charlie Lindgren joined the team out of college near season's end, it was just viewed as a logical move for a club that had a serious lack of depth in goal. But, when General Manager Marc Bergevin managed to sign both Artturi Lehkonen and Martin Reway in a 10 day span in May, it became abundantly clear; he was in no way satisfied with the organization's overall depth. He was going to inject a new wave of talent into the system. 

 

Director of Amateur Scouting Trevor Timmins nearly ran to the podium when it came to Montreal's pick and Mikhail Sergachev was still on the board. It was a bit of a surprise pick at the time, as the general assumption was that the team would select one of the many talented forwards available at ninth overall. Timmins and co. chose the Windsor Spitfires defenseman over the 6'6 Spitfires' center Logan Brown (OTT).

 

The pick made all the sense in the world, as long-time top left-handed defenseman Andrei Markov is nearing the end of the road, and as Bergevin loves to remind us “you can never have enough defensemen”.

 

That sentiment was echoed over, and over, and over…and over…as the Habs drafted four D-men and two forwards in the draft. Maybe it would've been five had they not felt Will Bitten was such a value in round three.

 

Overall, the team is in a much better place than a year ago. Key prospects are a year older, and a plethora of talent has been added. While it may create a log-jam along the road to the NHL, competition breeds excellence and that's what this sport's about.

 

 

LEFT WING

CENTER

RIGHT WING

Artturi Lehkonen

Charles Hudon

Daniel Carr

Jacob De La Rose

Mike McCarron

Will Bitten

Lukas Vadejmo

Daniel Audette

Sven Andrighetto

Nikita Scherbak

Martin Reway

Jake Evans

LEFT DEFENSE

RIGHT DEFENSE

Mikhail Sergachev

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