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Behind the Draft: Mondou modernized scouting for the Habs

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-06-19

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 decisions became too much for a general manager to handle. This series will take a look at the people behind the scenes who were directly responsible for drafting f

Canada vs USA in New Zealand featuring Habs Byron Froese

Source: All Habs Hockey Magazine
Date: 2018-06-19

by Andy McInnes, Staff Writer/Social Media Specialist, All Habs Hockey Magazine THAMES, NZ. — This weekend as the attention of the hockey world focuses on the American Airlines Center in Dallas and the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, hockey fans in … Continue reading →

The Montreal Canadiens select...: Jesperi Kotkaniemi would no longer be a surprise at third overall

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-06-19

A series on the top prospects the Canadiens will be considering at the draft on June 22. The Montreal Canadiens won the lottery for the third overall pick on April 28, moving up one spot from the fourth position that finishing 28th in the league standings initially garnered them. It put the organization in a great position to add a top prospect from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. There is no doubt that Rasmus Dahlin (picked by the Buffalo Sabres) and Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina Hurricanes) will be gone by the time the Canadiens are put on the clock, but th

Stu Cowan: Former Canadien Sheldon Souray winning battle with painkillers

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-06-19

Former Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray was thinking a lot about his dad on Father’s Day Sunday. Wednesday will mark the second anniversary of Richard Souray’s death at age 69 after suffering a massive stroke. Souray described his father as a hard-working “man’s man” and a “great guy” who was a truck driver and loved hockey and hanging around rinks watching his son play. He was also an alcoholic while Souray was growing up. Souray lived with his father from age 9 after his parents divorced. “I never saw my dad as a raging alcoholic … that was never my dad,” Souray said over the phone Sunday from his summer home in Idaho. “My dad was just the last guy to leave … he didn’t want to miss anything. So I never saw a part of him that was mean or abusive or anything like that but, obviously, there was something going on.” On May 1, 1994, Richard decided he was going to stop drinking with his son eligible for the NHL Draft the next month.

Links: Max Domi starts his life as a Montreal Canadien

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-06-19

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

31 Thoughts Podcast: Canadiens eye centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi at NHL Draft

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-06-19

For the first time since 2012, the Montreal Canadiens hold the third pick in the NHL Draft. And one week after they traded that 2012 pick, Alex Galchenyuk, to Arizona, the Canadiens are still looking for a top-line centre. That’s why, according to Sportsnet’s junior hockey insider Sam Cosentino, the Canadiens are targeting Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi with their pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. And they could trade down to get him. “I think they’ve already investigated several trade back opportunities,” Cosentino said on the latest episode of the 31 Thoughts Podcast with Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. “It’s probably cooled just a little bit becau

What the Puck: GM Marc Bergevin is destroying the Habs one trade at a time

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-06-18

I just bumped into a pal and he said: “As soon as I heard the Habs news Friday, I started to worry for your mental health.” He was joking. Sort of. But don’t worry, Marc-André, I’m OK. Sort of. I do actually have other things going on in my life and many of them are pretty positive. That said, I wasn’t happy to have my Friday night post-dinner stroll in N.D.G. interrupted by the news flash that the Montreal Canadiens had traded troubled forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes in a one-for-one exchange for Max Domi. The same thing was happening all across Quebec in a collective WTF moment — that’s now a What the Puck moment! — as Canadiens fans everywhere wondered yet again, and, sadly, not for the last time, I’m sure, what incriminating photos of Geoff Molson are in Marc Bergevin’s safety-deposit box. Of course the photos thing is a joke, but it’s a gag that’s repeated all too often on social media, in bars and on street corners

Canadiens will play seven preseason games in 13 days this September

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-06-18

As the Canadiens’ season ground to a dismal conclusion, head coach Claude Julien was asked if the misery might have had its roots in a brutal preseason schedule that forced the Canadiens to play eight games in 13 days. The busy schedule created two problems. With so many games in a short period of time, the Canadiens were forced to keep players in the main camp longer so they would have enough bodies to play the games. And the busy schedule also made it difficult to put together rosters that resembled an opening-night lineup. Julien admitted it posed a problem, but he had to live with it because the schedules are made a year in advance and he didn’t have any input. He expressed optimism that things would be a little easier in September. The preseason schedule was released Monday and things are a little easier with the emphasis on little. This time around, there are seven games in 13 days. Last fall, the Canadiens were a little greedy an

DRAFT PROFILE | Jake Wise, Dynamic Two-way Centre

Source: All Habs Hockey Magazine
Date: 2018-06-18

DRAFT PROFILE: Jake Wise – Dynamic Two-way Centre    by Matt Smith, Staff Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine We will continue our look at prospective draft picks for the Montreal Canadiens at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft with Jake Wise of … Continue reading →

Newcomer Max Domi will wear No. 13 for the Canadiens

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-06-18

Max Domi, the newest member of the Canadiens, will wear No. 13 next season. The Canadiens acquired Domi from the Arizona Coyotes Friday night in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk. Domi wore No. 16 for the Coyotes, posting 9-36-45 totals and a minus-7 last season. Domi also wore No. 16 in junior with the OHL’s London Knights, posting 32-70-102 totals in 57 games during his final season there in 2014-15. The Coyotes selected Domi in the first round (13th overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft. The Canadiens have retired No. 16 in honour of Hall of Famers Henri Richard and Elmer Lach. The Canadiens also announced on Monday that defenceman Karl Alzner will switch from No. 22 to No. 27, which was Galchenyuk’s number. Alzner wore No. 27 for most of his nine seasons with the Washington Capitals before signing with the Canadiens as a free agent last summer. Only five other players have ever worn No. 13 for the Canadiens: Edmond Bouchard (1922), Alex Tanguay (2009), Mike

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