6:59 PM EDT, Wed June 20, 2018
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Draft prospect profile: Olof Lindbom is a jack of all trades

Draft prospect profile: Olof Lindbom is a jack of all trades

The winner of the Best Goaltender award at the U18s does a lot of things well. Olof Lindbom was called up to the Swedish national team for the two World Championship warm-up games against Slovakia in April. While he didn‘t get to play, it was a big vote of confidence by Richard Grönborg to include such a young goaltender. Lindbom led his U18 team, Djurgården, to the championship title and was voted playoff MVP for the tournament. On top of that Lindbom, was voted the 2018 U18 WJC Best Goaltender when Sweden got bronze in the Under-18 World Championship. The accolades will have NHL GMs...
4 hours ago
André Boudrias introduced technology to the Habs’ scouting

André Boudrias introduced technology to the Habs’ scouting

A look at past Heads of Scouting, and their roles in drafting the next generation of Montreal Canadiens players. The NHL Entry Draft is one of the most important annual events for every team, as it is an opportunity to ensure a successful transition from a current roster to a future, hopefully more successful, version of their franchise. For that reason, being prepared, scouting high and low, and taking risks are a necessity. Over the years, as competition grew more fierce, the scouting radius became bigger, scouting staffs grew, and eventually coordinating the whole operation and making...
6 hours ago
Montreal Canadiens to host Los Angeles Kings in home opener

Montreal Canadiens to host Los Angeles Kings in home opener

It means the team will once again start the season on the road Montreal Canadiens home opener will be on Thursday, October 11 facing off against the Los Angeles Kings. The Los Angeles Kings will be coming to town on October 11 for the Canadiens’ 2018-19 home opener.DETAILS ➡️ https://t.co/FA2J1NuiE5#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 20, 2018 Last year’s home game versus the Los Angeles Kings finished with a 4-0 loss after goals from Adrian Kempe, Anže Kopitar, Kurtis MacDermid and Tyler Toffoli . The Canadiens will have the chance to improve from that...
6 hours ago
Draft prospect profile: Jacob Olofsson, the Swedish Army knife

Draft prospect profile: Jacob Olofsson, the Swedish Army knife

Olofsson breaks the mould of the modern Swedish centre, incorporating a bit of an offensive element. The golden cage, awarded to the best junior player in HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden’s second division) was awarded to Jacob Olofsson this season as he beat out teammates Jonathan Dahlén and Filip Hallander in the process. In Allsvenskan, he put up 21 points (10G, 11A) over 43 games. A good comparison in this case would be Filip Forsberg, who scored 17 points (8G, 9A) in 43 games of his draft season for Leksand in the same competition. If that wasn’t enough to gain the interest of NHL scouts...
8 hours ago
EOTP’s 2018 NHL Draft Rankings

EOTP’s 2018 NHL Draft Rankings

We used 14 sources to come up with an ultimate ranking of the prospects The NHL Entry Draft begins on Friday, and EOTP has been keeping track of most of the rankings to come out ahead of the draft. Some rankings have more correlation to how the draft will unfold than others, and no rankings are perfect so we combined 14 of the most respected draft rankings and used the average of them to get our own rankings. This is our second year doing this. Last year out of the top 151 (there was a tie for 150th), 121 were drafted (80.1%). Out of the top 100, 98 were drafted. Only #85 Artyom Minulin and...
10 hours ago
The Canadiens split up Lehkonen and Hudon too soon last season

The Canadiens split up Lehkonen and Hudon too soon last season

Bad luck to start the year caused an early split between two of the Canadiens’ best wingers. It’s going to sound a bit like a broken record, but it was awful luck that played a major factor in forcing head coach Claude Julien to split up a pair of wingers who appeared to be thriving. The duo of Charles Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen were kept together for less than 100 total minutes at five-on-five, and in that time their immediate shot metrics were very good. The young wingers were put on a line with the veteran Tomas Plekanec in the pre-season, and even while the team struggled, the line...
12 hours ago
The Montreal Canadiens select...: Filip Zadina is an NHL-ready scorer

The Montreal Canadiens select...: Filip Zadina is an NHL-ready scorer

A series on the top prospects the Canadiens will be considering at the draft on June 22. Until recently, Filip Zadina being selected in the top three of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft was nearly as certain as Rasmus Dahlin being first off the board. With mere days to go before Trevor Timmins steps to the podium to announce the Montreal Canadiens’ choice, the Czech import’s status is now in question. The rise of other candidates has led to much uncertainty at the position where the Canadiens will select. This after the majority of rankings would have shown a clear gap in talent after third...
14 hours ago
Links: Did Galchenyuk Sr. push out Galchenyuk Jr.?

Links: Did Galchenyuk Sr. push out Galchenyuk Jr.?

In today’s links, digging further into potential reasons for Alex Galchenyuk’s departure from the Habs, the team gears up for draft day, and a lot of big names may be available on the trade market this offseason. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Was Alex Galchenyuk Sr. the reason why the American forward didn’t work out in Montreal? [Montreal Gazette] This week, which has already seen a big trade, will end with a big draft for the Canadiens. [Tape to Tape Podcast] McKeen’s top scout Ryan Wagman says Jesperi Kotkaniemi is not a top-10 prospect. [TSN 690 (Audio)] The Journal de...
Jun 19, 2018
Draft prospect profile: Jacob Bernard-Docker is an all-around defenceman with some top-end skills

Draft prospect profile: Jacob Bernard-Docker is an all-around defenceman with some top-end skills

He’ll normally opt for the high-percentage play, but occasionally the blue-liner will show a flash of game-breaking offensive talent. Jacob Bernard-Docker had a very good season in his last year of Junior A before he begins his collegiate career, and has the Top Defenceman Award from the Canadian Junior Hockey League to prove it. He will be joining the University of North Dakota for the 2018-19 season, but not before being selected in the NHL Draft if Dallas. With a complete game and some skills that stand out in the defence class, he will be hearing his name called early on the second...
Jun 19, 2018
Behind the Draft: Mondou modernized scouting for the Habs

Behind the Draft: Mondou modernized scouting for the Habs

They say drafting is an ‘inexact science’ but it’s Mondou who first made it a science. The NHL Entry Draft is one of the most important annual events for every team as it’s an opportunity to ensure a successful transition from a current roster to a future, hopefully more successful, version of their franchise. It’s for that reason that being prepared, scouting high and low and taking risks are a necessity. Over the years, as competition grew more fierce, the scouting radius became bigger, scouting staffs grew and eventually coordinating the whole operation and making final...
Jun 19, 2018
Links: Max Domi starts his life as a Montreal Canadien

Links: Max Domi starts his life as a Montreal Canadien

Here are your daily links, including Andrew Shaw’s new baby daughter, Domi’s new number & interactions with Danault, Pacioretty’s volunteer work, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes A big congratulations goes out to the Shaw family on their birth of their new baby daughter, Andy: So greatful today welcoming our beautiful little girl Andy into this wonderful world! pic.twitter.com/GN5ckMR66Q— Andrew Shaw (@shawz15er) June 18, 2018 Max Domi is already starting to interact with his new teammates, and it seems like some will be getting along just fine: Thanks...
Jun 18, 2018
Montreal Canadiens announce 2018-19 pre-season schedule

Montreal Canadiens announce 2018-19 pre-season schedule

The team has a lighter schedule than last year The Montreal Canadiens have announced their pre-season schedule for the upcoming season. It will feature seven games. Open up those calendar apps or dig out the old datebook: the Canadiens' 2018-19 preseason schedule has been released!➡️https://t.co/1RGAYbGsXD ️— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 18, 2018 The seven games is down from eight last year, and many people around the organization have mentioned that the busy pre-season slate a year ago may have contributed to the team’s slow start. They had to keep more players...
Jun 18, 2018
Claude Ruel had a knack for finding top talent

Claude Ruel had a knack for finding top talent

A look at past Heads of Scouting, and their roles in drafting the next generation of Montreal Canadiens players. The NHL Entry Draft is one of the most important annual events for every team, as it is an opportunity to ensure a successful transition from a current roster to a future, hopefully more successful, version of their franchise. For that reason, being prepared, scouting high and low, and taking risks are a necessity. Over the years, as competition grew fiercer, the scouting radius became bigger, scouting staffs grew, and eventually coordinating the whole operation and making final...
Jun 18, 2018
Draft prospect profile: Ruslan Iskhakov has pure skill

Draft prospect profile: Ruslan Iskhakov has pure skill

Iskhakov might be one of the smaller players in the draft, but compensates by quick reads and a very high skill level. I had a few surprises watching games played by top prospects this season, but none bigger than Ruslan Iskhakov. The Russian National Under-18 team was full of talent with players like Kirill Marchenko and Grigori Denisenko, but perhaps the most skilled player out of the group was, on most lists, ranked in the second half of the top-100. You don’t have to look much further than the stats column to spot why: It’s the size of the Russian forward. Being 5’8” is a big...
Jun 18, 2018
Q&A with Five For Howling regarding Max Domi

Q&A with Five For Howling regarding Max Domi

Answers from the people who watched him play his first three seasons. On Friday evening the Montreal Canadiens surprised everyone clocking out for Father’s Day weekend by trading forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Max Domi. I nstant opinions started emerging of people’s displeasure at the low return for a player everyone general believed was poorly handled from the get-go, but the fact remains that Domi is now a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and I thought it best to reach out to our SB Nation sister site Five For Howling, and asked Senior Contributor Carl...