Liveblog: Canadiens draft defenceman Noah Juulsen


With the 26th pick of the draft’s  first round Friday night, the Canadiens drafted defenceman Noah Juulsen of the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips.

Juulsen, who turned 18 in April, had nine goals and 43 assists in 68 games last season. The native of Abbotsford, B.C., is 6’2″ and weighs 181.

Juulsen is an Everett teammate of Nikita Scherbak, the Canadiens’ top pick a year ago.

The Canadiens don’t have another pick until the third round, 87th overall.

Here’s Elite Prospects’ assessment of  Juulsen:

A solid two-way defender, Noah Juulsen is able to force plays and always find ways to support his teammates. Juulsen is a smooth, yet not dynamic skater, and is mobile when he needs to be. Plays with a chip on his shoulder, and isn’t afraid to take the hit to make the play. Sees the ice well and has the individual skills to carry out the possibilities he sees. Very poised with the puck; calm and controls the play with authority. Has good hands. Without the puck and in high-pressure situations, Juulsen tends to overthink things and can try to do a little too much; that will go away with time and maturity. All-in-all, an impactful presence on the ice that strives to be difficult to play against; given how hard he works and how smart he is with the puck, he can be a very difficult player to read with and without the puck.

TSN’s Craig Button’s take on JuulsenNoah is a strong competitor who wants to make a difference in the defensive and offensive zones. He is good with the puck and with improvement in his agility and quickness, his game will become that much stronger. He has a good feel for situations and makes solid plays. Not spectacular in any sense of the word but has that ‘can do, will do’ approach to winning.

Sportsnet’s scouting report on JuulsenFantastic skater with a big shot from the point. Able to play big minutes against top competition. Loves the physical game and when he fills out he’ll be scary back there. Comparable: Jack Johnson meets Brian Campbell

The HIO Commentariat – who had hoped the Canadiens would address their lack of offensive firepower – were underwhelmed by the pick.

Habcertain: Scoring goals is really overrated anyways, another big DMan, just what we need

Longtimehabsfan: Memo to MB: WE CAN’T SCORE!!

AH: The Habs are going to get # 25 , one defenseman at a time!! Screw scoring, who needs that.

Nickster13: Aww man, we needed a forward. D-men you can trade for or sign at Free agency when they actually get into their prime. You need to draft scorers because they hit their peak earlier. Not only that, we NEED scoring! I’m a bit disappointed.

But draft guru Mark Edwards likes the pick: Juulson is very solid. Mentioned him on @TSN690 #Montreal radio earlier tonight. No real weaknesses. Steady and smart. #Habs We had him #22

And The Hockey News draft issue quotes a scout who likes Juulsen: I like his competitiveness and I really like his puck skills. He moves well with the puck and is good on the power play. He really has a good shot.

Another scout compares Juulsen to Kevin Bieksa. That would be good.

Some video of Juulsen:


  1. jrshabs1 says:

    is MB the most dapper dressed GM at day 2 of the draft? I would hope so seeing that it’s MB’s #1 priority. Who needs a top 6 forward when your underwear and socks match.

    Go Habs Go!!!!!

  2. Ncognito says:

    Lukas Vejdemo – Thoughts?

    • SmartDog says:

      Apparently he missed most of last year with an injury so Habs think he was flying under the radar. Meh.

      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  3. Un Canadien errant says:

    Truculence is dead in Toronto. The Leafs drafted the pipsqueak of the draft.

    2 31 61 TOR JEREMY BRACCO RW USA 5′ 9″ 173 USHL USA U-18

    This is the guy the anti-Smurf brigade was afraid Marc Bergevin might acquire. Not for any definite reason, just to pursue a narrative.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      The kid looks like he’s fourteen.

      It’s unfortunate when a kid is running through his canned, rehearsed comments during an interview, and says “I couldn’t be happy to be a Maple Leaf…”, when he meant to say ‘couldn’t be happier.

  4. on2ndthought says:

    10 to go, then we get to scramble for 20 minutes trying to figure out “who is this guy? why did we pick him here?”

    “a cannonading drive”

  5. toinz says:

    Calgary turned their first three picks in the draft plus the 2 they got for Glencross into Dougie Hamilton and Oliver Kylington.

    Compared to the garbage job Jay Feaster did last year with 3 first rounders, chapeau to Treliving and Brian Burke.

  6. stephen says:

    New thread posted, re new sweater design.

  7. on2ndthought says:

    OK , this is a disappointing draft; but every time you’re feeling a bit empty, think: Jeff Petry, six years.

    “a cannonading drive”

  8. Plus ca change says:

    AK is starting to look better and better.

  9. ProHabs says:

    Mac T in Edmonton is really getting a lesson from Peter Chirerlli on how to actually use your assets to build a team.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      I was just thinking the same thing.
      Just landed a goalie and a defenseman. They’re going to be an interesting team to watch, and not in a train-wreck sort of way.

    • stephen says:

      (Whoops, double-post.)

    • stephen says:

      Thought the same in watching the draft yesterday. Chiarelli seems to have advanced the team more in the last couple of days than MacT had in years. Of course, drafting McDavid helps, but he’s shown much more savvy than the ‘old guard’ thus far.

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    Watching the way McDavid handles himself is very obvious what a good kid he is. As the Oilers and NHL people are trying to shuffle him off for interviews, he asks that he can watch the 3rd pick with hopes to watch his buddy Strome get drafted and called up.

    Edmonton may finally have turned the corner.

  11. chilli says:

    The Bruins really never recovered from that series we won 2 years ago. Having been the best team in the NHL that year, they have been a total mess ever since.
    And now a rebuild by sending your 22 year stud defensemen to the Flamers?
    Living in LA, now I have to watch Lucic live a lot. He’s still a Bruin to me.

    I REALLY need to see a new face on the first unit PP next year for the Habs and not DD. I happen to like DD and know he is the most popular player on the team – – but a trade is coming.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      > I REALLY need to see a new face on the first unit PP next year

      DD’s not going anywhere. Would it help if he grew a beard?

      Am i being pessimistic or realistic?? I don’t know.

  12. Habfan17 says:

    Finally, into the 3rd round


  13. prep says:

    I almost feel bad for betty…..

  14. prep says:


  15. Max says:

    Sprong is probably Pittsburgh’s newest version of Angelo Esposito.Remember how he turned out?

  16. Max says:

    Not a very exciting draft for hab’s fans.We don’t have many picks in what is supposed to be a deep draft and aren’t trading to get any.It seems that every second pick is going to Boston and Ottawa.

  17. 70s_habsfan says:

    Hilarious. ..Rangers turned down two 2nd picks yesterday now essentially got a 2 nd and a 3rd

  18. Un Canadien errant says:

    Ah man!…

    The Bruins just picked up Jérémy Lauzon from les Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda. He was ranked 42nd overall, 65th at the midterm, for N.A. skaters. He was a dark horse I hoped we could sneak in the third round, but he caught a lot of eyes late in the season.

    There’s going to be no one left…

  19. 70s_habsfan says:

    Really wanted sprong was hoping we could get in 2nd round. At least he isn’t a Bruins.

    The islanders trade wasn’t bad they have several young d and a good friend of mine said that fans are really excited about the trade…look at there draft so far vs ours.

  20. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    These draft trades are intriguing. It seems that with the salary cap, teams are making sure they do not have a glut of players at specific career stages. For example, Buffalo had a bunch of 1-3 year players and they flipped them for 5-7 year old players. It makes sense that you need an ideal mix so you don’t get forced into having to dump player just for $$$ reasons.

    • twilighthours says:

      Exactly. So which kiddies are the Habs going to play next year?

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Obviously Beaulieu at a million/season will get a lot of playing time. They need to make room for Tinordi or trade him for help up front. I think Ghetto, Hudon and Sherbak will get top-six opportunities. The Habs have to score more.

  21. hattrick99 says:

    Cam Talbot dealt to the Oilers for 3 picks.

  22. PK says:

    Anaheim is active on the trade front this morning.
    Hagelin is a Duck now (for Etem and a pick)

    Streaming on

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Yeah, interesting that they sent Emerson Etem the other way. When he was picked 29th overall in 2010, he was the poster boy for how hockey was growing in Southern California, and how great it was that the Ducks picked a guy from their backyard, etc.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      With Etem and Palmieri moved out and only Hagelin coming in, Sekac will probably see more ice time next season.

    • twilighthours says:

      I remember that some of us thought we could have snagged etem for sekac. Turns out it would have taken a lot more (like hagelin) to get him.

  23. Un Canadien errant says:

    Daniel Sprong is a Penguin. How soon before he’s on the wing with Crosby or Malkin?

  24. HabinBurlington says:

    The Wiz is in Carolina, Khudobin goes to Anaheim.

    Anaheim with lots of moves going on. Are they going to try and up the offer to Beleskey now?

  25. Habby_Haberton says:


  26. hattrick99 says:

    Who will Montreal take with the 87th overall pick i predict if he is still on the board Swedish power forward Filip Ahl 6’3 212 lbs.

  27. nickster13 says:

    Cool, I was quoted! Hope day 2 has the Habs trading up to the 2nd to get a solid scorer, or making a trade to improve our team.

  28. stephen says:

    Is there a decent real-time draft tracker out there anywhere? Both Sportsnet and TSN seem woefully behind.

  29. Un Canadien errant says:

    Patrick Roy and the Avalanche take A.J. Greer from Joliette, Québec, and Nicolas Meloche of the Drakkar back to back at 39 and 40.

  30. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I watched the NFL draft LIVE online on last year. The NHL rather produce a garbage awards show then do something as simple as a live stream. Idiots.

  31. Un Canadien errant says:

    Why isn’t the Headmaster liveblogging this broadcast fiasco? His flock needs guidance.

    There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.–Kurt Vonnegut

  32. Luke says:

    Round 2… The round in which the order should be reversed and the cup winners get to pick first…
    Not that it would help the Habs this year…

  33. JohnInTruro says:

    So this isn’t televised at all?

  34. Mark C says:

    There goes my 3rd round wish in A.J. Greer.

  35. Wow is Kari Lehtonen moving? (Oilers)

    SJ traded Antti Niemi to Dallas.

    Custom Sports Figures
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  36. hattrick99 says:

    Oilers need a goalie Cam Talbot could be going there very soon.

  37. Habfan17 says:

    Te Bruins took Carlo, another 6’5″ d-man to replace Hamilton. He was ranked 21st. Taken at 37


  38. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Just please dump DD and PAP today MB. That’s all.

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    Ottawa trades up to grab 6’4″ Gabriel Gagne from the Q a forward.

  40. Un Canadien errant says:

    The Senators just snapped up Gabriel Gagné of les Tigres de Victoriaville. 6’4″ forward who can score goals.

    I was hoping that Marc Bergevin could get into the second round and get him.

    There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.–Kurt Vonnegut

    • stephen says:

      If it makes you feel any better, I’m sure someone once said the same of Éric Chouinard.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        For sure. I saw him play on TVA on Friday nights, they had a couple of games by the Tigres, but it’s not like I thought he was that great, just his size and potential.

        Pretty much all my opinions are derived from reading and digesting other people’s opinions.

        I found a loophole for how to be a scout but not subject yourself to all that pesky travel.

  41. Un Canadien errant says:

    TVA Sports isn’t even televising the 2nd round now, just a replay of last night’s first round proceedings.

    Take a bow, Gary! Your partners Sportsnet and TVA are sure doing a bangup job. As a fan, I concur with you that I’m very well served by this new deal. That still has a decade to go. As a fan.

    There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.–Kurt Vonnegut

  42. SmartDog says:

    It is too bad that Bergie wasn’t able to trade some of our spares for more picks… but such is life.

    People have to remember that while we’d like to see more picks, what we got for our (late) 2nd round pick is Petry. Worth it by an ENORMOUS margin.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    Ducks traded Palmieri for a 2nd round pick, this seems odd. Good deal for Devils on the surface.

  44. There’s a live feed of the draft on, keep in mind the picks are so fast not even radio can keep up with the conversation.

    Sprong still available. Via TSN690- it’s amazing how far a player falls when he has family issues

    Custom Sports Figures
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  45. Un Canadien errant says:

    Jérémy Roy went 31st overall to San Jose.

    2 4 34 TOR TRAVIS DERMOTT D CAN 5′ 11″ 197 OHL ERIE

    There’s live tracking of the picks here:

    There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.–Kurt Vonnegut

  46. Habfan17 says:

    Boston has another 3 picks in the 2nd round, 6 picks in the top 52


  47. Ian Cobb says:

    I think we will take a second D with the next pick. Defense men take a lot longer to develop than do forwards. And there are a lot more forwards than great D men out there.

    We are drafting our future now and will be acquiring forwards along the way. We start with Price and Fucale. Now the D, the forwards next and many cup runs after that. In Bergevin, Timmonds and Vaughn Karpen I trust.

    HIO Fan Summit date is October 24th against the Leafs.
    I will confirm seat prices once I hear back from the Bell Center.


  48. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    Open Queustion to the Commentariat ….

    With the glut of defencemen on the Habs, we are all inventing trade scenarios that have one of the current top 6 and one of the 7/8/9.

    Does the fact that any team taking on our 7/8/9 player will not be able to a) send them to the minors without waivers and/or b) have to pay them the NHL salary lessen their trade value?

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  49. Un Canadien errant says:

    I guess there wasn’t a market for Eddie Lack. Speculation that the Oilers are about to acquire John Gibson from the Ducks.

    Evener-upper for the Ryan Kesler trade? A little top-up?

    Looks like the three-way trade attempt failed for Jim Benning.

    He was getting roasted by callers last night.

    There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.–Kurt Vonnegut

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