Canadiens tap Oceanic defenseman for size and skills Montreal looks to QMJHL for D


QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Making drastic changes in their management by hiring a new general manager in Marc Bergevin and a new coach in Michel Therrien the Montreal Canadiens organization took major step in turning things around from what appeared as a sinking ship.

Hired in May 2012, the new Montreal G.M. has had a great deal of work in trying to right the ship and get steaming in the right direction. At the same time, he revamped the Montreal organization by hiring a new coach and surrounded him with new personal to help him. He didn’t have a great deal of time to prepare for his first entry draft as new Montreal general manage

Having the third round pick in 2012 the organization turned to young center name Alex Galchenyuk from the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting. Playing only two games with the OHL team the year before, the young kid’s chances of sticking with the team were very thin. But to the surprise of everyone in management, coaching staff included, the young Galchenyuk made the effort and successfully made the team and more than expected became an important player on the Montreal team in 2013 season.

Trying to guess how a young prospect aged 18 years will mature and become a professional isn’t an exact science and lots of things could happen that make you look like a genius or as bad if you didn’t draft well.

Identifying the need of your organization at mid- or long-term depends also in majority of the development of the players you drafted years earlier. Looking at the players who already played with the Canadiens as of last year, beside Galchenyuk, you have Brent Gallagher (147 in2010), goaltender Carey Price (5t pick in 2005), Max Pacioretty (22nd in 2007), P.K. Suban (43rd in 2007), Ryan Whyte (66th in 2006), Tomas Plekanec (71st in 2001) and several others also playing key roles.

In the system, you also have young prospects who might take their opportunity to knock at the NHL door in coming years. Players like defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (17th in 2011), Jarred Tinordy (22nd in 2010). Both played several games last year at the end of regular season.

In goal, the two prospects on whom the organization count on are Dustin Tokarsky (obtained in trade with Tampa Bay) and Robert Mayer (signed as free agent on September 25, 2008).

Looking at prospects inside the organization you easily identify the lack of seize. If you make an exception of Tinordy and Beaulieu on defense most of Montreal prospects seem to lack seize.

Speaking for the first time in 2013 entry draft at New Jersey at number 25, Montreal might have interesting players from whom to choose.

If Mr. Bergevin and his scouting staff, directed by Trevor Timmins, want to have a goaltender they might have the chance to look for Zachary Fucale of the Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads. On defense, if they decide to opt for a defenseman Samuel Morin a 6’ 07” 230 from the Rimouski Oceanic could represent an excellent pick. At forward, position several prospects might also be interesting for Montreal to look at.

Players like Michael MCCarron playing for the U18 USA team the right winger is 6’ 05” 228 pound. Another who might be interesting is Frederik Gauthier a 6”05” 210 pound from the Rimouski Oceanic. Besides two of them being francophone all three choices could answer the lack of seize.

“With the 25th pick overall in NHL 2013 entry draft the Montreal Canadiens organization is proud to select from the Rimouski Oceanic defenseman Samuel Morin.”

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