– Marco D’Amico (@mndamico) May 21, 2023
Will Smith, Gabriel Perreault and Ryan Leonard are three players who spent last season together in the USHL… and they broke it all.
Gabriel Perreault, a Quebecer who grew up in Nashville, is also expected to go in the first round. And like Smith, Yanic’s son wouldn’t say no to being drafted by the Habs.
And finally, on this line, there’s Ryan Leonard.
It’s not an unlikely scenario. If Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson and Will Smith go out first and the Habs want to avoid Matvei Michkov, it could happen.
At least, he’s one to watch. Marco D’Amico talked about it this week.
Leonard’s name has recently come up on the site, but we’re talking about a guy who can play physically, but more importantly, is a prolific goal scorer.
Anthony Martineau also talked about the player, who must be a target for the Habs to consider at the #5 position. He’s explosive on skates, but needs to work on his vision and predictability with the puck.
But he’s still a player. Even if he’s not six feet tall.
If the CH decides to ignore Michkov, who are the other interesting candidates?
In no particular order:
Ryan Leonard (stylistic comparison: Oliver Bjorkstrand)
Oliver Moore (stylistic comparison: Dylan Larkin)
Eduard Sale (stylistic comparison: Taylor Hall) pic.twitter.com/9xVoe7xqs6
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) May 22, 2023
Clearly, the Habs will have plenty of picks for the upcoming draft. And that’s if they decide to draft, since the pick could also bring in another element.
In a gust
– Good point.
The Panthers were one Penguins win away from missing the playoffs against the mighty (🙃) Blackhawks (April 11).
But Pittsburgh lost 5-2 and Florida is one win away from a spot in the Grand Finals.
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) May 23, 2023
– All the better.
🚨Sasha Barkov injury update🚨 @FlaPanthers coach Paul Maurice told @JoeRoseShow there was a point last night where they though Barkov would return to action. Maurice thinks the injury is “not anything too sinister” and he’s “more on the optimistic side. “https://t.co/0Tf49VWg77 pic.twitter.com/MR6LTS2Ssu
– AM 560 Sports WQAM (@560WQAM) May 23, 2023
– Kyle Dubas explains.
No less than 12 members of Team Canada Junior at the last World Cup will be at the Memorial Cup:
Seattle (6): Guenther, Korchinski, Schaefer, Allan, Dach, Milic
Kamloops (3): Stankoven, Bankier, Zellweger
Peterborough (2): Beck, Othmann
Quebec (1): Gaucher
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) May 23, 2023
– Dougie Hamilton went under the knife.