Big-bodied winger with good mobility and puck skills. Gets to high-danger areas with consistency and can finish difficult chances. Has the potential to develop into a top-six producer in the NHL.
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July 2022 – In Juraj Slafkovsky, the Canadiens selected a true power-forward equal parts power and skill. He is able to throw adult opponents from his back as if they weighed nothing and he is already a borderline elite puck protector. His mobility and fluidity make his style of play effective and he uses it in combination with his hands, deception, and power to gain access to the slot and wreak havoc. While he is certainly a less safe bet than Shane Wright to become a first-line NHL player, his upside is undeniable. With targeted development focused on improving his decision-making, acceleration, and explosiveness as well as bringing more consistency to his pace of play and deception, Slafkovsky could become a first-line winger who drives tremendous possession metrics, retrieves pucks as few others can, and scores upward of 35 goals and 80 points, but a lot needs to improve for him to get to that point. Drafting him represents the Canadiens betting not only on the Slovak’s natural tools and his flashes of dominance international