1:24 AM EDT, Thu September 23, 2021
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Habsent Minded: The 2021 Top 25 Under 25 Experience

Habsent Minded: The 2021 Top 25 Under 25 Experience

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Over the last five weeks, the Habsent Minded crew have provided oral tidbits to go along with the player profiles. We have reached the end of our journey. Once again, we know the current rankings among the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool, according to the eminent readers and staff of Habs Eyes on the Prize. A large thanks to everyone who has contributed by sending in their list, read and commented the articles and listened to the podcasts provided for the various portraits. Down below, you will find links to all of the podcasts included in...
19 hours ago
2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #1 Nick Suzuki

2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #1 Nick Suzuki

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ For the second year in a row, Suzuki claims the throne. A development that should come as no surprise to those following this series, Nick Suzuki is our top player in the Montreal Canadiens organization under 25 years of age. Acquired as the main piece in return for Max Pacioretty from the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018, Suzuki has become an integral part of a Canadiens roster that made the Stanley Cup finals a few months ago. Elite Prospects Integral may not be strong enough of an adjective. Suzuki finished third on the...
21 hours ago
Links: Jonathan Drouin introduces a new brand of courage

Links: Jonathan Drouin introduces a new brand of courage

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, wondering if Drouin can encourage more discussion about the stresses of NHL life, looking at what a difference two years can make, and Jim Hughson announces his retirement. Montreal Canadiens news and notes It’s very easy to root for Jonathan Drouin as a person on the next chapter of his journey. [Sportsnet | The Hockey News] Drouin has introduced a new and important brand of courage to hockey culture that needs to be embraced. [The Athletic] This is an opportunity for the Canadiens and Drouin to start...
Sep 21, 2021
Canadiens announce 2021-22 Training Camp roster

Canadiens announce 2021-22 Training Camp roster

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Seventy players will be taking part in the camp. The Montreal Canadiens have announced the players who will take part in the team’s 2021-22 training camp. There will be 70 players in camp (Christian Dvorak was omitted from the tables below), and they will be split in three groups. Groups A and B will be players who will likely take part in pre-season games, while 18 players are currently in Group C, which will likely be a group for players bound for the AHL or ECHL. Of note,...
Sep 21, 2021
2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #2 Cole Caufield

2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #2 Cole Caufield

Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via After an exhilarating professional debut, Caufield continues his rise. Cole Caufield was the best player on the board when the Montreal Canadiens selected him 15th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. All he did before he was drafted was score goals, something that continued after he was drafted, but he’s a lot more than just a goal scorer. That improvement and development of his all around game is what puts him squarely in the second spot in this ranking. Elite Prospects Caufield’s season was a great one. He won the...
Sep 21, 2021
Links: Drouin Returns

Links: Drouin Returns

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Drouin talks about his mental health and his return, Caufield continues to lead Calder talk, camp previews, Hyman excited to start in Edmonton, Marner and Matthews looking ahead, Yotes rebrand, and more in today’s links Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Jonathan Drouin is back, and ready to rejoin the team after battling anxiety and insomnia. [TSN | NBC Sports | NHL | The Athletic] Caufield continues to headline all Calder talks before the season starts. [The Athletic] Grading all the goalies on Canadian teams, including...
Sep 20, 2021
Montreal Canadiens sign Cody Goloubef to PTO

Montreal Canadiens sign Cody Goloubef to PTO

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ The veteran defenceman will fight for a spot in the organization. The Montreal Canadiens announced they have signed defenceman Cody Goloubef to a professional tryout (PTO) contract with an invite to the team’s training camp. Goloubef is 31, and listed at 6’1” and 184 pounds. He is a right-shot defenceman, something the Canadiens and Laval Rocket had a shortage of last season. Last season, he played 31 games for the Belleville Senators in the AHL, scoring four goals and adding two assists. He does have some NHL experience, with 160...
Sep 20, 2021
2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #3 Alexander Romanov

2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #3 Alexander Romanov

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via The Russian defenceman played nearly the full season in his rookie year, but we know he has a lot more to offer. Alexander Romanov entered the season with a lot of hype — not least from this writer — but the transition to a bigger role in a better league took some time to get used to. It will continue to be an adjustment as he progresses in his NHL career under Dominique Ducharme and Luke Richardson. The question is what kind of player Montreal will look to create: the high-event player who was part of two strong Russian...
Sep 20, 2021
Links: Choosing to forgo vaccination could affect Jesse Ylönen’s season

Links: Choosing to forgo vaccination could affect Jesse Ylönen’s season

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via In today’s links, Ylonen’s action could be limited, Lafleur celebrates his birthday, Aho amused by Hurricanes’ trolling, Jagr still going strong, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes He already missed the start of rookie camp because of it, how else will Jesse Ylönen’s refusal to get vaccinated affect his season? [Journal de Montreal] Guy Lafleur says “the years go by” as he celebrates his 70th birthday today. [Journal de Montreal] William Trudeau, Mattias Norlinder and Jan Mysak scored for the rookie Canadiens...
Sep 19, 2021
2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #4 Mattias Norlinder

2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #4 Mattias Norlinder

Tommy Holl The defenceman has no peer in the organization on the offensive side, but what about his defence? Puck-moving defenceman? Check. With a clear offensive upside? Check? A Swede? Check. Somewhere there will always be comparisons with other skilled blue-liners from Sweden, be it Viktor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, or Rasmus Dahlin. Mattias Norlinder is trying to build his own reputation among some of Sweden’s top defenders. It is a tough thing to do, and with the Capital of Hockey being a defender down, all eyes turned to Sweden and Norlinder as he signed with the...
Sep 18, 2021
Canadiens @ Senators Rookie Camp Scrimmage: Game thread, rosters, and how to watch

Canadiens @ Senators Rookie Camp Scrimmage: Game thread, rosters, and how to watch

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via The first competitive action of the 2021-22 season sees the top prospects in the Habs and Sens organizations squaring off. Rookie Camp: Montreal Canadiens @ Ottawa Senators How to watch Start time: 4:05 PM EDT / 1:05 PM PDTStreaming: YouTubeRadio: TSN1200 As part of the evaluation process for NHL teams, they’ve been holding informal tournaments between rival clubs in recent years. This year, some of the best prospects in the Habs system will be proving how they measure up to those in the Senators systems, as two of the...
Sep 18, 2021
2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #5 Kaiden Guhle

2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #5 Kaiden Guhle

Shanna Martin The 2020 first-round pick rockets up the rankings. When he was drafted 16th overall by the Montreal Canadiens, many people thought Kaiden Guhle was an uninspired pick. With a big group of talented forwards available, the defenceman with modest scoring totals was, for a lack of a better term, boring. The 6’3”, 209-pound left-shot defenceman turned some of his skeptics around with a short but successful season. Elite Prospects It feels a little crazy that we’re talking about a player whose stock rose so much despite only playing 12...
Sep 18, 2021
Links: Rookie camp brings back memories for coach Jean-François Houle

Links: Rookie camp brings back memories for coach Jean-François Houle

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, this isn’t Coach Jean-François Houle’s first rodeo, the Habs will be hosting the 2022 NHL draft and Jim Hughson to not call games next season. Montreal Canadiens news and notes New Laval Rocket coach Jean-François Houle is no stranger to Canadiens rookie camp. [Montreal Gazette] Despite the high expectations he has set for himself, Kaiden Guhle is absorbing everything he can learn from rookie camp. [La Presse] So far, Guhle is making note of the differences between junior hockey and the big...
Sep 17, 2021
2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #6 Ryan Poehling

2021 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #6 Ryan Poehling

Shanna Martin After a rough rookie year, Poehling bounced back to move himself back up the rankings. At this point everyone knows the story of Ryan Poehling. His NHL debut was a hat trick and game-winning shootout goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Naturally, expectations were sky-high from that point on, even if most swore that they were going to keep the hype in check. His rookie season in the NHL yielded two points in 27 games, and his AHL stint wasn’t significantly better, with 13 points in 36 games. While he did battle through multiple injuries, he was the...
Sep 17, 2021
Links: Mattias Norlinder in the spotlight

Links: Mattias Norlinder in the spotlight

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s link, Mattias Norlinder is the star attraction as the Canadiens open rookie camp, the NHL announces that its players are almost all fully vaccinated, and the Heritage Classic is coming to Hamilton. Montreal Canadiens news and notes The spotlight is squarely on Mattias Norlinder at this year’s rookie camp. [Montreal Gazette | La Presse] For his part, Norlinder declares that he is here to take a roster spot. [Sportsnet] Norlinder reminds Patrik Bexell of another young Swedish rearguard, Rasmus Dahlin. [TSN 690...