July 31-in-31: Montreal Canadiens

Mike Barrett


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In what has been a roller coaster off-season for Montreal, the draft was a bright point as the Canadiens put together what looks like a very strong haul. Aside from locking down two skilled centerman in the first couple of rounds, the Habs nabbed four defenseman who can make plays at both ends of the ice and a netminder. Restocking the defensive depth chart was clearly a priority as the cupboard was bare, notably due to the trading of Mikhail Sergachev to the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Draft Pick Summary:

Ryan Poehling (C, St. Cloud State NCAA): 1st round, 25th overall

The Canadiens finally selected the big centerman they've been searching for in the first-round when they selected Ryan Poehling with the 25th overall selection. As described when I mocked him to the Habs in the DobberProspects March mock draft Poehling has all the skills necessary to succeed as a center in today's NHL. His numbers from this season don't jump off the board at you, but consider that he was the youngest player in the NCAA and excelled against his peers at the International level. Some label him as a third-liner, but I believe he has top-six potential due to his physical attributes, and complementary style of play.


Josh Brook (D, Moose Jaw Warriors WHL): 2nd round, 56th overall

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