Both have a different mentality → https://t.co/XrUjYnp3Bk
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 28, 2023
When Kent Hughes came to town, he said he wanted a fast, talented team. And since his arrival, we’ve realized that injecting talent into his line-up (often young talent) is important to him.
And injecting talent can involve high draft picks. There’s no guarantee, but these guys are drafted high enough for a reason, right?
What fascinates me is that even though the Habs haven’t exactly hit for 1,000 first-round draft picks in many years, there are still plenty of first-round draft picks in the CH lineup for next season.
First, there are the guys who were drafted by the Habs in the first round of an auction and are in the organization. And aside from Carey Price, whose career is over, there isn’t a guy until 2019.
- Cole Caufield (2019)
- Kaiden Guhle (2020)
- Logan Mailloux (2021)
- Juraj Slafkovsky (2022)
- Filip Mesar (2022)
- David Reinbacher (2023)
Of the lot, Caufield, Guhle and Slaf will play up top. Mailloux and Reinbacher could get their chance, but I don’t necessarily expect Mesar to play any games with the CH.
That said, a good start to the Laval season could change everything…
But it’s more than that. In fact, there are many players who are currently in the process of starting the season in Montreal and who are first choices of other teams.
Of Marc Bergevin’s reign, two remain: Joel Armia and captain Nick Suzuki. The latter is obviously a masterstroke.
In recent weeks, I’ve made the following observation: Marc Bergevin played less with first-round draft picks than Kent Hughes has since his arrival.
We’re talking about Kirby Dach, Alex Newhook, Sean Monahan, Justin Barron and Mike Matheson.
But in the end, he became important to the club – especially when he’s healthy, of course.
Mike Matheson is also a little older, but he can still be part of the defensive corps that will try to bring the Stanley Cup back to Montreal in the next few years. And no one can complain about the Penguins deal… except the Penguins.
And, of course, you know as well as I do just how similar Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook are in many ways, and just how likely they are to take the CH to the next level. They’re two of the new management’s biggest acquisitions.
The forward knows that in Montreal, Martin St-Louis will give him the opportunities to shine → https://t.co/nyk26zQwxq
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 11, 2023
So yes, there’s going to be some square-foot talent on the team. It’s an observation I find interesting because, as mentioned at the outset, this is what the Habs GM has wanted to do for the past 18 months, since he’s been working for the Habs.
– Did you know?
50 years ago this July 12 in 1973, news emerges that #GoHabsGo icon Jean Béliveau has graciously declined a $1-million offer to come out of retirement to play 1 season with WHA’s Quebec Nordiques then join team management. Trying to imagine Le Gros Bill with Nordiques. I can’t. pic.twitter.com/kriGzj3Bi1
– Dave Stubbs 🇨🇦 (@Dave_Stubbs) July 12, 2023
– Johnathan Kovacevic is 26 years old.
Happy birthday, Johnny! 🎁
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) July 12, 2023
– Oh yeah, huh?
The latest booster course pass from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features quite the field hockey reference in it’s Vancouver map. 😂
– BarDown (@BarDown) July 12, 2023
– What will Samuel Piette’s return change? [BPM Sports]
– That wasn’t on my bingo card.