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Ranking the 5 Best Fits for the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft

May 20th 2014 at 12:31 AM

In the interest of full disclosure, by the time the Montreal Canadiens make the 25th-general variety in the 2013 NHL entry draft, the consensus top 3 prospects&mdashdefenseman Seth Jones and centers Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin&mdashare very likely to be taken.

That&rsquos the poor news.

The great information is this 12 months&rsquos draft is regarded to be reasonably deep, and Montreal ought to, in concept, even now be capable to nab a future star Alex Galchenyuk Jersey. With 3 picks in the leading forty and four in the very first two rounds, there&rsquos an even better possibility. Just appear at the 2003 draft, probably the deepest in recent memory, for evidence.

Although relative bust Anthony Stewart was taken 25th, Corey Perry was even now offered, as have been Loui Eriksson, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber, Corey Crawford, David Backes, Jimmy Howard, Joe Pavelski, Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien and, yes, even Jaroslav Halak, picked by your Habs.

Of course, the Habs did decide on Kontinental Hockey League-castoff Andrei Kostitsyn 10th overall. Dustin Brown, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Ryan Kesler and Mike Richards had been also obtainable at that point. As such, it&rsquos clear that Montreal followers are guaranteed very minor except a good deal of pleasure, speculation and great times all around major up to June 30.

With that, here are the prime five prospects who stand a very good opportunity getting available by the time the Habs select (barring them moving up) and could be great fits:

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5 Eric Comrie G

Montreal may have Carey Price as the crew&rsquos undisputed commencing goalie, but they don&rsquot have anyone else projected as becoming capable of taking more than the reins once Cost&rsquos time in Montreal comes to an end. If for absolutely nothing else, the Habs should draft a goalie for depth at the position as an insurance policy.

That goalie must be Eric Comrie of the Tri-City Americans.

Comrie is not the prime-ranked goalie in this yr&rsquos draft. That honor belongs to Memorial Cup-winning goalie Zachary Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads. Hell, according to Global Scouting Companies&rsquo final rankings, Comrie&rsquos not even in the leading 3 (by means of Even so, if provided the likelihood, Montreal must even now decide on him for a quantity of reasons.

For starters, he even now has upside to the stage of getting ranked second amongst North American goalies by Central Scouting (by way of, so it&rsquos not as if the Habs would be throwing away a choose picking just some goalie at random

Although small hip surgery forced him to miss a good chunk of the season, that could perform to Montreal&rsquos favor. The injury is most likely the cause he dropped off ISS&rsquo radar. He is expected to make a complete recovery, further indicating he has the talent and talent to become a starter in the NHL.

The ability to handle the rigors of existence in the limelight might also run in his loved ones, with Hilary Duff getting his sister-in-law and every thing (not so significantly Duff&rsquos husband, Mike Comrie, currently being his half-brother).

There is also the fact that Comrie plays for Cost&rsquos alma mater. It&rsquos not a massive reason why the Habs should pick him, but it could serve as a way for the two to bond and make Value much more inclined to take him beneath his wing.

Finally, there is a good opportunity that Fucale might just be gone by the time the 25th choose rolls close to. Craig Button of TSN has him ranked seventh general. Comrie, meanwhile, projects as a protected 2nd or third-round select with a good deal of upside.

Even if Fucale is even now offered, the Habs must still balk at the possibility to get him as deciding on a goalie in the 1st round is normally a negative thought. The straightforward truth is goalies tend to develop at a significantly slower speed than gamers at other positions.

By taking a goalie in the 1st round, one runs the risk of missing out on a prime skater when a goalie who ends up currently being just as excellent (or better) could have been had in a later on round.

Just appear at the first-overall choose of the 2003 draft, Marc-Andre Fleury. He&rsquos the backup goalie more than on the Pittsburgh Penguins&rsquo bench, FYI.

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4. Adam Erne LW

Adam Erne, the Quebec Remparts winger, might not figure into the top thirty in ISS&rsquo June 2 rankings. He could only be ranked 26th among North American skaters by Central Scouting, but that just may well make him all the much more of a bargain if the Habs had been capable to nab him in the 2nd round.

Blessed with two early-round picks, the 34th and 36th, the Habs could extremely properly see Erne slide out of the very first round and into their welcoming arms.

How else to acquire a 6&rsquo1&rdquo, 210-pound left-winger that place up 28 targets and 72 factors this past season and, in accordance to NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr, &ldquowill battle and perform bodily when essential&rdquo?

For the record, there are no guarantees Erne will nevertheless be obtainable in the 2nd round. ISS and Central Scouting only offer rankings primarily based on their perception of players, not that of NHL coaches and standard managers. Erne is highly touted, to be clear, which might make him a lot more of a possible initial-round pick by Montreal.

In any case, the Connecticut native would very likely match in excellent with Max Pacioretty, in specific, and not just because they share the exact same house state. Erne has drawn comparisons to, of all individuals, former linemate Erik Cole for his bodily game and forecheck, according to Last Word on Sports.

Admittedly, his disappearing act in every single season&rsquos early going needs perform and is nowhere near the high quality of magic display Cole perfected in the course of his time in Montreal, but that bodes better for any team fortunate adequate to draft him.

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three. Samuel Morin D

The Habs do have a lot of excellent, youthful defensemen in their program, but when the opportunity to draft a six&rsquo7&rdquo, 200-pound defenseman with some offensive possible comes close to, you leap at the opportunity. Hell, when a six&rsquo7&rdquo defenseman comes all around, you could need to jump just to shake his hand.

Enter Rimouski Oceanic Samuel Morin. He plays with an edge, isn&rsquot afraid to drop the gloves, and owns, as you might guess, a challenging slap shot. Whilst he has troubles dealing with speedy forwards Patrick Roy Jersey, his skating is usually excellent and he is projected as a leading-4 defenseman down the road, in accordance to Final Word on Sports.

P.K. Subban&rsquos brother, Jordan, is also available and may even go undrafted right up until the 2nd round. However, as a lot as his older brother is beloved in Montreal, 1 has to wonder if the Habs, the city or even the league as a whole is prepared for two Subbans on one particular crew.

Conversely, while the Habs&rsquo Nathan Beaulieu (six&rsquo1&rdquo, 182 lbs) and Jarred Tinordi (6&rsquo6&rdquo, 205 lbs) appear prepared to get the following stage professionally, one can never have ample large guys on the blue line.

The reality that Morin is from Quebec is also a plus, even though it really shouldn&rsquot have to be but, alas, that&rsquos the nature of hockey in Montreal. Montrealers are always seeking for a regional hero. It just so takes place Morin is truly developed like a single.

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two Anthony Mantha RW

Taking the entire nearby hero thing to the next degree, Val d&rsquoOr Foreur Anthony Mantha is nearly as much of a beast as Morin, but, more notably, he is the grandson of former Hab Andre Pronovost.

Granted, Blake Geoffrion also had well-known ties to the organization. He was never ever projected as something a lot more than a third-liner, but, standing 6&rsquo4&rdquo and weighing 190 pounds, Mantha would give Montreal some a lot-necessary size on the wing in the long term coupled with loads of talent.

To go along with his size, Mantha has a great shot, in accordance to SB Nation. As a rookie in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Mantha put up 51 points in 63 video games to place fourth in staff scoring. This yr, he notched 89 factors in just four far more video games but, maybe much more impressively, scored 50 objectives in the approach.

The Longueuil native was born one day after the cut-off for final yr&rsquos draft, that means there may be a explanation he&rsquos as big as he is, but it also implies he&rsquos likely much more NHL-prepared than most other individuals in this distinct draft class.

The Habs could not automatically see it that way with the large club currently rife with young talent, not desperate for depth, and inquiries about his perform ethic and bodily play perhaps requiring him to build for a couple of many years in the minors.

Mantha is nonetheless a likely energy forward worth taking into consideration.

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one. Max Domi C/LW

When all is stated and accomplished, the best match for Montreal will undeniably be the very best player still available when the Habs get to pick. That could really perhaps be Max Domi.

He might only be 5&rsquo9&rdquo, and the Habs ought to theoretically be hunting for size on prime of skill, but he is virtually 200 pounds, and how could the Habs theoretically resist taking a guy who some have going as substantial as in the leading 5, through SB Nation?

Domi is ranked as the 19th-greatest North American skater by Central Scouting (by way of and 25th general by International Scouting Services (by way of, which means there is at least a likelihood he will nevertheless be close to late in the initial round.

Nonetheless, as lately as late April, Bob McKenzie of TSN had him as just barely missing his personal Best 10. Right after all, leading the London Knights in each regular-season and playoff scoring, Domi has undeniable talent and would theoretically be a great fit just about anyplace.

Although the Toronto Maple Leafs might have anything to say about that, him getting the son of former fan favourite Tie Domi and the Leafs set to select 4 spots earlier, anything can happen at the draft.

And, actually, wouldn&rsquot providing Montreal an possibility to stick it to Toronto time and yet again make him the best match of all?

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