The selection table
The Montreal Canadiens racked up the forwards on Day 2 of the NHL Draft, and he has drawn repeatedly in the United States, especially to ensure he has a little more time to make decisions about their future.
Assistant general manager Trevor Timmins recalled that the Canadian had made many selections in the two previous draft, 21 to be precise. Since a team cannot have more than 50 players on contract, and players in the US development system are under the control of the team that drafted them until the end of their college stay, the Habs have seen a to turn his attention south of the border on Wednesday.
The Canadian also parted with three picks during the day, ending the 2020 draft with eight new prospects in the bank.
All Jan Mysak goals in Hamilton
“We choose all of these players, but we can only offer contracts to a certain number of them. Marc (Bergevin, the general manager) knows it and he is trying to manage that for this year, but also the draft to come, ”explained Timmins, by videoconference.
The Habs now have 14 picks for the 2021 draft, which could continue to be a headache for Timmins and Bergevin.
“These are also resources for trading during the season,” said Timmins, however.
For the first time since 2017, the Canadian concluded the draft without digging into his own backyard, ignoring the available Quebec players. The height was when the Chicago Blackhawks chose Louis Crevier, of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, in the seventh round … with the choice that the Habs had just given him.
“We work very hard to put our list together and then follow it. That’s the way things went (Wednesday), ”Timmins said lacically.
Overall, Timmins said they were happy with their annual harvest. The Canadian had bet on defenseman Kaiden Guhle of the Prince Albert Raiders in 16th place on Tuesday night in the first round of the draft. He added depth in attack on Wednesday, selecting six forwards and a keeper.
“We were able to draft a lot of the players we targeted,” said Timmins. We also covered different types of players at different positions. «
In the second round, the Habs chose Luke Tuch in 47th place and Jan Mysak in 48th place, before exchanging the 57th speaking right to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Luke Tuch proud and excited to join the Canadiens
Tuch is the brother of Alex of the Vegas Golden Knights. He’s a six-foot, two-inch, 203-pound left winger, and he’s committed to playing at Boston University.
He had 15 goals and as many assists in 47 games with the U18 National Development Program team last winter. He is known for his determination on the ice, although some observers doubt he will be able to produce offensively in the NHL.
“I think I play like Jamie Benn. I am a power forward with a good shot. I also have a mentality similar to that of Matthew Tkachuk on the ice. I like to disturb the opponent, ”said Tuch, without fear of creating disproportionate expectations.
“Players like to compare themselves to the best, whether it’s realistic or not,” Timmins said, chuckling lightly when told of Tuch’s comments.
Mysak, meanwhile, had 15 goals and 10 assists in 22 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs last season, having started the campaign in the Czech Elite League. He also had a goal and an assist in five games at the World Junior Championship.
« I am so happy to be drafted by Montreal »
“It was the best decision of my life,” Mysak said of his transfer to the Ontario Hockey League after the World Juniors.
“He took a big step forward at the World Juniors and then showed Hamilton that he could shine on a smaller rink,” said Timmins. He can play up the ramps and rush to the net, practicing a North American style. He has proven his worth and we hope he can continue to do so on a professional level. «
Mysak is back in the Czech Republic this season due to the uncertainty surrounding the OHL campaign.
In the fourth round, the Habs took two draws from Minnesota high school programs, selecting forwards Jack Smith and Blake Biondi in 102nd and 109th ranks, respectively. He also selected forward Sean Farrell of the Chicago Steel (USHL) in the 124th place.
Smith and Biondi will be teammates at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2021-22, when Smith will join Biondi, who is due to make his NCAA debut this winter.
“We’ve been friends for a long time. We played together and against each other. It’s pretty special, Biondi said of being selected by the same team as Smith. We will help ourselves to surpass ourselves and improve ourselves. «
Blake Biondi drafted by the Canadian in 109th place
For his part, Farrell, who is five feet eight inches, has pledged to play at Harvard starting in January.
« He’s kind of like Brendan Gallagher, » Timmins said of Farrell. He works hard and will stop at nothing. «
In the fifth round, the Canadian selected Czech goaltender Jakub Dobes, who plays for the United States, in 136th place. Dobes, 19, is expected to play a second campaign with the Omaha Lancers (USHL) before continuing his apprenticeship at Ohio State University.
The Habs then drew in Russia, opting for striker Alexander Gordin in the sixth round, 171st overall. Gordin is 19 years old and amassed 68 points in 59 games for the school club SKA St. Petersburg in the Russian second division last winter.