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Montreal Canadiens are Day 2’s unofficial draft winners

Jun 23, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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Day 2 of the NHL Draft was somewhat lacking in drama, but what it did have was the Montreal Canadiens doing well enough to wow prospect watchers.

The Habs cleaned up getting the No. 3 overall European skater, forward Sebastian Collberg with their second-round pick, 33rd overall, and following it up by choosing rugged defenseman Dalton Thrower later in the round at 51. We highlighted both of those players in our draft preview and could be considered steals in the second.

In the third round, Montreal selected forward Tim Bozon (No. 42 North American skater), son of former St. Louis Blues forward Philippe Bozon. The Habs then followed that up with forwards Brady Vail (No. 38 North American skater) in the fourth round, Charles Hudon (No. 95 North American skater) in the fifth, and Erik Nystrom (85th European skater) in the sixth.

For GM Marc Bergevin and Montreal’s Director Of Amateur Scouting Trevor Timmins, it could turn out to be a draft that helps turn around an organization that was lacking in prospects. By aiming to take the best player available each time they picked, Montreal has hope once again. Now they’ll just have to hope these kids can live up to their billing.

  1. lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    This is still the most annoying phrase used after drafts in my eyes. There are no winners, not at least for another 4 years.

    but yes, on paper Montreal did very well and I like who they selected when given the opportunity. It also doesn’t hurt that they drafted #33 / 51 / 64 / 94 …. just saying

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Indeed, lord, it will be at least four years before we can reasonably assess which players drafted in later rounds were clearly underrated, and which first-rounders will be able to make the difficult transition from big fish/small pond to big fish/ocean.

    • obamablowz - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      ….”just saying” is for teenage girls

  2. thegreatgabbert - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Habs landed 5 players that ISS had ranked in their top 50 prospects. Collberg, Galchenyuk, Thrower, Bozon, and Vail. That is in basically the first round and a half as far as ISS is concerned. They are quite reputable as well.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      no doubt.. but you then have to ask yourself, is ISS wrong, or every other GM / scouting dept. in the league.

      I trust ISS but I trust Fletcher for the Wild and his scouting dept more.

      again, on paper, Montreal looks like the new management hit a home run. I will wait 4 years to make my formal review

      • tomnickle - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Of the Amateur Scouting Departments and General Managers in the NHL you trust Chuck Fletcher more than Trevor Timmins and Marc Bergevin?

        Do you have anything resembling a firm grasp on prospects in hockey or the NHL draft over the last ten years?

        There are some people in hockey that have stellar reputations as scouting gurus. Chuck Fletcher has never been among them and doesn’t have a body of work sufficient to garner a reputation like that.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM


        Fletcher has only been drafting with the Wild for 3 years and has been an associate with other programs with a pretty nice resume.

        Fletcher and Flahr I think have done a GREAT JOB in the last 3 years.

        some guys that come to mind

        Nick Leddy
        Erik Haula
        Brett Bulmer
        Zach Phillips
        Jason Zucker
        Johan Larsson
        Matt Dumba
        Matt Hackett
        Charlie Coyle
        Jonas Brodin
        Mikael Granlund

      • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        Sorry for throwing Coyle in there…. he was traded in the Burns deal

      • obamablowz - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        @lordfletcher……how would you call this a “GREAT JOB”?

        Nick Leddy 130 games 40 pts
        Erik Haula….did he make NHL yet?
        Brett Bulmer…did he make NHL yet?
        Zach Phillipsl…did he make NHL yet?
        Jason Zucker…did he make NHL yet?
        Johan Larsson…did he make NHL yet?
        Matt Dumba…drafted 24 hours ago
        Matt Hackett…did he make NHL yet?
        Charlie Coyle…did he make NHL yet?
        Jonas Brodin…did he make NHL yet?
        Mikael Granlund….alright I’m done with this!!!

        I don’t see where you call this a “GREAT JOB”

  3. tomnickle - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Granlund and Leddy are the only two who are noteworthy at this point.

    When three of those players are making an impact at the NHL level, you may have a case that Chuck Fletcher is doing a great job. Until that time, he has done nothing more than draft. There are far more proven talent evaluators in the NHL.

    And to that point, if you merely look at the draft record of Trevor Timmins, it’s light years ahead of the list you’ve just cited.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I just typed up a huge paragraph that was very detailed and yada yada yada.. then hit reload. ARGH!!!!

      noteworth? I would say Brodin is very noteworthy at this point but that’s not a big issue.

      Again, all I am saying, I trust Fletcher in what he is doing, drafting his guys and building his team. I am not arguing, just speaking thru my Wild glasses.


  4. thegreatgabbert - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Dalton Thrower is about the same size (6-0, 200), and put up similar point totals to some of the highly ranked defensement taken from the WHL. Murray, Rielly, Dumba, Pouliot, etc. Plus he is more physical than any of them. Hard to see what seperates them really.

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