They will however , conclude the current campaign – among the futile four. Thus guaranteeing a top pick in the upcoming draft.
The team , historically , opts for talent in the defensive scheme of things . Given the current situation which borders on bad to worse – things should be different this year.
A top offensive guy may be packing his suitcase with a CH sticker as the destination for 2012 – 13 and beyond. Below – in no particular order , are the boyz-to-men that may be suiting up for the Habs in the near future. One of these guys will make Mathieu Darche ’s job obsolete as number 51 gets pushed from the pecking order .
( Sorry Mathieu – if the Habs had done things right – you would not be here at all. Count your blessings …)
Here now are the players who will take $ 250.00 from your pocket if you want to see them sweat , close – up !
C, Mikhail Grigorenko, 6-3. 192 lbs.
At 6-foot-3 , 192-pounds – the talented Russian appears to be the real deal and one of the most coveted players in the upcoming draft. The Habs have been lacking a big , skillful centerman for many years and Mikhail , barring a Kovalev mindset , is the player the team can build around. He plays in the same mold as San Jose ‘s Joe Thornton although a little tougher. Most scouts agree – he may be better than Thornton as the years progress . The Habs probably will not land him unless management pulls a Sam Pollock and trades for a number one or two pick. We can always dream …
RW, Nail Yakupov, 5-11, 180 lbs.
Sarnia Sting OHL, 65, 49 G, 52 A, 101 PTS
Yakupov is an explosive offensive player. He plays like a Guy Lafleur. He is a right winger like Lafleur. Speed and skill is what he brings to the rink with pure instinct. Given the Habs ‘ poor record of drafting big centermen – Yakupov is probably the best choice. Montreal fans love speedy guys , the type that can pull people from their seats. Russ Courtnall is the perfect example of that and Nail is the prototypical Courtnall with more talent. And seriously – how can a guy named Nail not be popular …? The Bell Center crowd will chant … Clous ! Clous ! Clous !
D, Ryan Murray, 6-0, 191 lbs.
Everett Silvertips WHL, 70 GP, 6 G, 40 A, 46 PTS
Okay – if the Habs must choose the best possible player available when it comes time to pick ; Murray is a smooth-skating defenseman who skates with poise .The 17-year-old already has two solid WHL campaigns under his gloves and is a plus-51. Ryan captained Canada’s entry to a gold medal-winning performance at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka tournament . He is the type of guy who can control a game and is compared most often to Scott Niedemeyer. If the Habs pick this guy – please someone tell them to stay away from Glen Sather. One Gomez for Ryan McDonagh is enough … thank you very much !
D, Griffin Reinhart, 6-4, 210 lbs. D,
Edmonton Oil Kings WHL, 45 GP, 6 G, 19 A, 25 PTS
Okay – if they must choose a defence man ?! Ugh …. Griffin Reinhart has it all , size and skill. He does so many good things on the ice. He moves incredibly well for a big guy , has a cannon-like shot , makes clean crisp first passes, never panics with the puck, and loves getting physically engaged. Now – will he marry my daughter ? The Habs need offence yet a guy like this can and will replace Markov sooner or later depending on Markov ‘s knee. If they must choose a defence man – they must …
C, Alex Galchenyuk, 6-1, 185 lbs.
Sarnia Sting OHL, 68 GP, 31 G, 52 A, 83 PTS
Galchenyuk may be the next power forward of the future. Not flashy like his teammate Nail – Alex is the hammer ! He is an all round player who can score and hit . Think of Andrei Kostitsyn when brother Andrei was not on the moon. Alex is also a very strong skater who is not afraid to use that speed when approaching the corners of the rink . He is beyond his years in defensive responsibility and can see the game with eyes on the back of his head . A player with an attitude to kick Bourques ‘ behind ? We will see …
Happy St . Patrick ‘s Day !
- Report: OHL suspends Halmo indefinitely for hit on Yakupov (tsn.ca)
- Adam French: A Draft From A Different Perspective (hockeybuzz.com)
- Alex Burrows feels for his hometown Canadiens as struggling Habs visit (vancouversun.com)
- Yakupov named No. 1 prospect in early NHL draft rankings (sports.nationalpost.com)
- Defence dominates in junior rankings (canada.com)
- McKenzie: Yakupov still clear No. 1 choice atop rankings (tsn.ca)
- check out Brendan Kelly ‘s blog …..
- Leafs now in race for top draft pick (blogs.windsorstar.com)
- Meet the New Guy … ? (laforumdemontreal.wordpress.com)
- Non – Wing Night / Roy vs. Lafleur (laforumdemontreal.wordpress.com)
- Top Ten Signs the Habs will Miss the Playoffs (laforumdemontreal.wordpress.com)