Hope For The Future
For the first time in recent memory the Canadiens fan base – and no doubt their scouting department – had plenty of reason to look forward to the NHL entry draft. With the third overall pick, Trevor Timmins was looking at the team’s highest pick during his tenure as the Canadiens director of procurement and player development.
By now it is common knowledge that the Habs went with center Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting. While the Canadiens top selection has been widely supported amongst the Habs faithful, it’s the entire collection – most notably their second and third – that has impressed many, including Mark Seidel, chief scout for North American Central Scouting, who scored an A+ grade for the Canadiens draft.
Second pick, Sebastian Collberg, is an offensive forward who played a big part in Sweden’s gold medal at the 2011-12 World Junior Championships earning four goals and three assists in six games. While the Habs chose Collberg in the second round with the 33rd overall pick, The Hockey News draft preview had him pegged at 14. Cory Pronman, an NHL prospect writer for ESPN, had the Swedish prospect ranked at 11.
Timmins and company used their third overall, another second rounder and 51st overall, to acquire defenseman Dalton Thrower from the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. Thrower was ranked 29th by THN’s draft preview and 26th by Pronman.
Thrower is described as a rugged defenseman who finishes his checks, can run the power play and isn’t afraid to defend himself. Thrower joins Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi on an impressive list of defensive prospects in the Canadiens system.
The Habs used their remaining pick to draft LW Timothy Bozon of the Kamloops Blazers (WHL) 64th overall (ranked 43rd by THN), C Brady Vail of the Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 94th overall (58th by THN), LW Charles Hudon of the Chicoutimi Saguenees (QMJHL) 122nd overall (80th by THN) and LW Erik Nystrom of Modo Jr in Sweden 154th overall who was their only pick who didn’t crack THN’s top 100 prospects.
While the true success of any draft takes years to fully determine, the organization can’t help but feel optimistic about their future after selecting three potential first rounders in the eyes of multiple scouts.