Canadiens select centre Ryan Poehling with No. 25 pick at NHL Draft

The Canadiens, with the No. 25 overall pick at Friday night’s NHL Draft in Chicago, selected Ryan Poehling, a 6-foot-2, 177-pound centre with St. Cloud State University.

Poehling had seven goals and six assists in 35 games with St. Cloud State this past season while playing on the same line with his older twin brothers, Jack and Nick. Canadiens goaltending prospect Charlie Lindgren also played at St. Cloud State.


Trevor Timmins, the Canadiens’ vice-president of player personnel, announced the pick after being presented on stage by general manager Marc Bergevin.

Poehling, who turned 18 on Jan. 3, was the youngest player in NCAA hockey this past season. He also was part of Team USA at the Under-18 World Championship that won a gold medal, posting six points in four games at the tournament.

Poehling’s uncle, Stan Palmer, was selected by the Canadiens in the 13th round (177th overall) of the 1977 NHL Draft as a defenceman out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

“I didn’t see it coming tonight,” Poehling, who is from Lakeville, Minn., told Sportsnet’s Tara Slone shortly after being drafted by the Canadiens. “At the combine I had 30 interviews so it was open for everyone. To get drafted by an organization like Montreal is just an honour.

“It’s been a long year,” he added. “I was in college and with all these interviews and stuff it was a long process so I’m glad it’s over.”



Said GM Bergevin during an interview with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman: “Trevor and our staff really looked at him closely. I talked to him this morning, matter of fact, and impressive kid. Plays the right way, plays the whole sheet of ice and he’s a centreman on top of it. So we’re pleased to select him.

“If he puts the time in and he fills out, he could be a pretty good-size centreman and in this league right now they’re hard to find unless you draft them. They’re really hard to find, so we’re really happy to get him.”

When asked by Friedman if Bergevin might have anything else going on at the draft, which continues on Saturday, the GM said: “Well, GMs right now, there’s 31 of us who have all been shopping. So like I said, expect the unexpected.” 

When Timmins met with the media Thursday in Chicago, he talked about the importance of offensive defencemen and centres in today’s NHL.

“Offensive defencemen and centres, they’re the key assets,” Timmins said. “And if you look around the league, those are what everybody’s trying to get.

“We’re never drafting for today,” Timmins added on Thursday. “It’s always for tomorrow. And tomorrow for most of these players would be four or five or six years down the road, unless you’re  picking at the top and you get a (Austin) Matthews or (Connor) McDavid, whatever.

“I just want to say this about this draft: nobody knows until 5-10 years down the road, we can look back. But in this draft, the elite talent at the very top is not as much quantity as in other years, OK. I think everybody would agree with that … all 31 teams. But that being said, there’s a lot of quality prospects available. So the quantity of quality prospects throughout the first round and into the second round, there’s a good number. We’re confident that we’ll get a player that fits our requirements and needs and wants and has upside at pick 25.”

The NHL Draft will continue on Saturday with the Canadiens holding two second-round picks, Nos. 56 and 58 overall. The Canadiens acquired the No. 58 pick from the Washington Capitals last summer in exchange for Lars Eller. The Canadiens also received a second-round pick in 2018 in exchange for Eller.

“If we go back in history, we got P.K. Subban in the second (round),” Timmins said on Thursday. “When I was with Ottawa, we got Mike Fisher in the second. We got (Artturi) Lehkonen in the second. So those types of players are available there. Every year, the draft differs. It’s hard to compare drafts and when you look back and say: ‘Well, you didn’t hit on a second round pick that year or your first pick, late first pick in another year’ … it depends what other players are there, too. Not every draft is equal in the amount of quality prospects available. But we feel confident in this on that there’s quality prospects and we’re excited that we have those two second-round picks.”

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


  1. PK says:

    The Cavalry:


    Did I miss someone?

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    “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

  2. Le Revenant says:

    You guys can whine all you want, I’m just ecstatic and proud that we have this great opportunity to draft Josh Norr… uh, Ryan Poehling.

    Liberate Alex Galchenyuk, CH’s Great Middle Hope! Occupy Claude Julien’s office!

  3. RightNyder says:

    So, when this kid is presumably ready to be a big contributor, Weber will be 35, Price will be 33, Radulov 34, Petry 33 and Simmonds (I sent Pacioretty for him, ’cause I have that power) 31.

    Will any of them, other than Simmonds, who I traded for, because I can, still be around when he settles in as one of our many turd-line centres?

  4. krob1000 says:

    Col only has one 2nd rd…no 3rd….they would likely be game to take part in the odds game…but I say roll the dice for Hague…guys that big with smarts are a rare breed….he shoots wirst shots like most guys take clappers and does it with his head up….needs some skating work but just so much potential …and at worst is still and NHL player IMO…

    • Le Revenant says:

      Le Revenant JUNE 23, 2017 AT 10:45 PM
      Keep our picks, and get Maxime Comtois and Antoine Morand and Nikita Popugaev tomorrow.

      I could make the same spiel, the same explanations for why we should move up to draft any of the three guys listed above. Big guys, smart guys, big shots, fell because this and that.

      Two tickets are better than one.

      • krob1000 says:

        this is a kid who was almost unanimously a first rounder until that incident and missing playoffs….at midterm was ahead of every single other dman who did go in first round….not a typical 2nd rounder…is like the Kostin pick….he is a first rounder…trend towards small and agile and incident only reasons IMO for drop….he missed playoffs…

        he is far better prospect then a guy like Tinordi was…look at his numbers….he is not a stay at home monster….he likes to score…and does it…he jumps into plays….best risk reward value pick on board…Kostin was too…

        I understand your lottery ticket logic under normal circumstnaces…this is not normal…his size, an unlucky result of a dirty play (but kind that normally goes unpunished) and current trend are causing this to appear to be about a 2nd rounder….he is a first rounder…
        at midterm he was ahead of Foot, timmins, jokiharju and Olivier….he was right with Makar and Valimaki…

        this is a value pick and I would bet many will call Colorado…just like Kostin pick…this is a case where it totally makes sense for someone to trade….especially habs who need LD in system

        • Le Revenant says:

          See above.

          Don’t trade up.

          • krob1000 says:

            normally I agree….in this case….having 2nds and still having a 3rd and a player like that on board…trade up…I totally understand your line of thinking but I just think this kid is a sure bet NHler and possibly a steal of the draft…

  5. Le Revenant says:

    Before we get carried away and start saying he’s 6’3″, 6’3″ “and still growing”, let’s get this right. At the Combine, he measured in at:

    Ryan Poehling: 6-foot-1.75, 176.55 pounds

    Liberate Alex Galchenyuk, CH’s Great Middle Hope! Occupy Claude Julien’s office!

  6. thewatchman says:

    Bergevin move up tomorrow in round 2 and draft a center with great speed Jaret Anderson-Dolan from Spokane played great with Yamamoto.

  7. RightNyder says:

    At the very least, nice to have someone to add to the “well, he might be good” pile, as opposed to the “dang, after watching him for awhile, I don’t think he’ll be that good” pile.

  8. StanleyHab says:

    Replacements > Husker Du

    • Le Revenant says:

      Very marginally wrong on this one, but I’ll be the bigger man and won’t quibble.

      • Le Revenant says:

        I’ll give you this:

        Paul Westerberg’s solo output > Bob Mould solo output

        Again though, it’s a very close decision.

        • johnnylarue says:

          Outrageous. You’re out of your mind. Completely out to lunch. The first two Mould solo albums mop the floor with any of Westerberg’s solo “drunken poet” drivel.

          • Le Revenant says:

            It’s like I was being deliberately provocative to generate a response. Instead, all I got was black sheets of rain from you.

  9. HeartofHabland says:

    Been reading you all for a while, decided to add my voice to the chorus..

    Solid pick, good bones, high upside. Did you watch the highlight reel? All tip-in goals. Shows that he’s got soft hands for a big guy. Love the fact he was motivated to jump levels and play with his siblings. Shows he comes from good stock and always wanted to be better than his brothers. I can relate. Brothers push you to excel.

    Sadly, he won’t be in the show for a couple of years yet. We need to win in the here and now. Everyone knows that. And we know our weakness. C1 and D2. We won’t be able to fix em both but here’s some ideas for Bergy to chew on:

    1. Sign Shattenkirk to play with Weber. Pay him what he wants. $6.5-7M, whatever.

    2. Bring back Marky, work the home town discount, lock him up for 2 years guaranteed at $4.5M/per.

    3. Resign RFA Galchenyuk on another “prove it” deal. He’s value couldn’t be lower. Take some pressure off and let him play LW. He made just under $3M last season and with his so-so play, he won’t get a significant raise in arbitration.. so say $3.5M?

    4. Let Radulov walk. We don’t want to be saddled with $6M/per in 3 years, let alone 5 or 6 like he wants. His brusque style, while amazingly entertaining, is a recipe for body break down, and he’s got some mileage on those wheels.

    5. Instead, bring in the legend, Jaromir Jagr. At 45 years young he will teach his linemates Galchenyuk and Drouin what it means to be a pro. And at $4M like last year, we can fit him in, and he doesn’t represent long term risk like Radulov.

    (2 30-goal scorers and The Legend)
    (Danault takes the next step, Gallagher bounces back)
    (3 2-way players, with some Finnish flash and Shaw sandpaper)
    (Got to work McCarron in as full-time C4, and lets a rookie play)


    Now, have at me.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Shattenkirk is RH and sucks defensively.

    • berc says:

      Firstly, welcome. I was a spectator on here for a couple of years before posting.

      Secondly, I spent quite a bit of time looking through every team’s roster this week and reached the same conclusion: Jagr could be a good substitute for Radulov, and the salary difference could enable Habs to even sign Thornton as #1D. Of course, Thornton may never want to play in Montreal and that would make an old top line, but Jagr is still awesome and his puck control is comparable to Radulov’s, though he doesn’t quite have the fire that Rads does. Or maybe Lehkonen moves to the right side on the top line and Jagr plays on second line. He will still put up points this year and will be positive on the plus-minus.
      Thirdly, no way is Drouin going to work as a center for Habs. There is still a center missing, and one will be brought in–even though this individual will most likely not be a bona fide #1C (eg. Duchene, Colborne, Staal). No way either Drouin or Galchenyuk is #1C for Habs this year. Danault would be more likely in this role.
      Finally, I see Bergevin landing Scandella. May not be for Galchenyuk, or there may have to be a 3-way deal, because Wild have cap issues and Chucky will not help in that regard. Hudon has proven his worth in the AHL and is likely to become an NHLer, but he will be subject to waivers this year and is unlikely to be able to stick around without having to be placed on waivers. So a trade package involving Hudon seems possible. Carr also has value and is subject to waivers. Redmond also has some value. Minnesota is a very plausible trade partner, and they need a left wing or two and will need cheap proven D. Redmond was a victim of circumstances last year and merits a job in the NHL. And Wild also probably has to get rid of Eric Staal, who could be very useful to Habs. I still want Habs to re-sign Markov, but am beginning to believe that Radulov is not indispensable. Of course, he was an animal and carried the team, together with Weber, in the early going. But he faded late and had some defensive lapses that provide a glimpse of what Rads might look like in, say, 3 years–maybe similar to Semin, who just couldn’t keep up. Of course, we want the team to be much better NOW (hence, those of us who couldn’t care less about the draft), and Rads offers this possibility. This next week should be interesting.

  10. smiler2729 says:

    “seven goals and six assists in 35 games”

    Leafs blow…
    Jack Edwards is a clam…
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead…
    Tomas Plekanec, since 2008, “I played like a little girl out there”

  11. krob1000 says:

    this is incident causing hague to drop presumably

    note other guy punches McLeod while down on ice and from behind….but hague short arms player on ice…also dirty mind you…but was not a vicious punch…if mcleeod had been injured could be other guy suspended

    hague was scholastic player of year…bad incident…trade up…now…like kostin…value pick

    • Le Revenant says:

      No krob, no! Bad krob!

      We don’t have the prospect depth to trade up , we don’t have the picks. Let’s let the draft come to us.

      We get in trouble when we think we know who we want, and trade up, thinking ‘he’s the guy’. Jarred Tinordi was the last time we traded up.

      • krob1000 says:

        go look at jarred tinordi numbers vs this guy…I just watched a clip of him…heavy shot…huge out there…..this guy has offense, big, tough…dropped huge since midterm likely due to incident…I would have traded up for Kostin…and would trade up for this kid…no one else on board seems worth trading up for…this kid does….

      • krob1000 says:

        worth it…nhler for sure…what capacity? who knows…but scholastic player of year, tough, offense, head up at blueline…good nose for when to jump in….accurate shot…like him….these little montages give you a pretty good idea…this kid is an nhler…has homerun potential but is surefire nhler IMO

        • Le Revenant says:

          I prefer to have two second-round prospects rather than just one marginally more highly ranked second-rounder. And the math and the probability support this, you’re better off with two lottery tickets than one, they’re essentially the same likelihood of paying off. Studies show trading up is a mug’s game, trading down and getting more picks is the way to go.

          • krob1000 says:

            most have him as first rounder…this incident is what did him in…too much to be gained in risk reward..too much potential, and a positional need….I would bet somebody tries to trade up with Colorado after sleeping on it….may very well be a bidding war….combo of trend toward smaller d and this incident cause of drop….but guys his size with smarts and skill are a rare breed….3 years ago this kid goes top 10 IMO…take advantage of the trend/incident combo…kid has a head on his shoulders as evidenced by scholastic award….worth it…definitely worth it….


    • jols says:

      This is the NHL – that will get him drafted higher. The NHL is violence.

      • krob1000 says:

        it was a punch that happens all the time….just connected in wrong spot…dirty for sure…but not that far out of norm…especially if looking across ice and seeing other team giving McLeod shot when he was down, rabid punch…

    • johnnylarue says:

      Trading up this deep into the draft = bad idea.

      More bingo cards = more chances to win. For anything past the first 12 picks, I’m convinced the recipe is really that simple.

  12. PK says:

    Kid has never heard of Montreal.
    Best his parents do a walkabout before letting their small town teen-wonder trip into Front’s old watering holes. Just saying – St. Cloud du wherever is not Montreal or Toronto.

  13. rabidhab says:

    Wasn’t his sister on SNLs Weekend Update ?

  14. Le Revenant says:

    Screaming Trees > Neon Trees

  15. krob1000 says:

    Trade up for Hague…giant LD that has offense too…and is tough….at minimum likely a bottom pair dman on size, toughness alone…pretty safe bet IMO as an NHLer …good combo of everything….
    I would trade

  16. krob1000 says:

    Trade up for Hague…giant LD that has offense too…and is tough….at minimum likely a bottom pair dman on size, toughness alone…pretty safe bet IMO as an NHLer …good combo of everything….
    I would

  17. krob1000 says:

    Trade up for Hague…giant LD that has offense too…and is tough….at minimum likely a bottom pair dman on size, toughness alone…pretty safe bet IMO as an NHLer …good combo of everything….

  18. krob1000 says:

    Trade up for Hague…giant LD that has offense too…and is tough….at minimum likely a bottom pair dman on size, toughness alone…pretty safe bet IMO as an NHLer …good combo of everything….

  19. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Quoting Bergevin “expect the unexpected”.
    Should we be afraid?

  20. Sluff Adlin says:

    Great pick. Hopefully he’ll be ready by the Canadiens bicentennial season.

  21. RightNyder says:

    If at No. 25 you get a kid who turns into a solid 2/3C, you’re doing OK.

    But let the Kostin/Tolvanen second-guessing begin in earnest.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Timmins’ extensive record drafting from the US college system is, shall we say, spotty enough to be of some concern. But what the hell. 25th pick? Rolling dice all over the place.

      And yes, ranked as high as 13th, the kid qualifies as a “bargain”, so our GM’s reputation is intact.

  22. FormalWare says:

    Kostin in the mould of Kostitsyn.

    Montréal Canadiens: “Season after season under the same, low ceiling.” – D.M.

  23. Le Revenant says:

    After a trade, the Blues take the Penguins’ 31st pick and take Klim Kostin, big kid with oodles of talent, but who didn’t have a great year overall, just struggled with production, with injuries.

    Kind of tough on the kid, last guy out of the Green Room with the last pick of the round, while the tech guys are rolling up the cables and stacking the chairs around him.

    Liberate Alex Galchenyuk, CH’s Great Middle Hope! Occupy Claude Julien’s office!

  24. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I like the twist in Ryan Poehling’s draft where his jersey from St. Cloud state looks like the CH’s logo. Now he gets to wear the real CH uniform.

  25. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    If they were going to draft a north-south player, they should have just drafted Comtois.

  26. haberoo13 says:



  27. Calgary Steven says:


    In a previous life, in my mis-spent youth, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I lived in St. Cloud and attended SCSU to get some credits so that I could go to grad school. St. Cloud is, well, Drummondville. It gets no respect. It’s the closest big town to the fictional location of Lake Wobegon which is somewhere up the road there near St. Joseph or Cold Spring in the heart of Stearns County. Now… Stearns County? So unique they named a syndrome after it. You can look it up.

    St. Cloud State is the poor academic cousin to St. John’s University Collegeville which, like Lake Wobegon, is just up the road. One thing they do right though… is play hockey.


    Texas has High School football as a religion. Indiana has High School basketball as a cult. Minnesota? Now, you ain’t seen nothing until you witness over a million fans come out to watch the High School hockey championships. Arenas are packed for ALL divisions, even the rinky-dink two room schools have teams and followings. It is not just a religion, after lutefisk and playing husker-du it is a mania, a way of life, a reason for making it through the cold cold cold winters.

    High School hockey is life.


    This kid skipped the last year of High School. Skipped it. It’s not done. It’s sacrilege. It’s telling all of the people in Minnesota that you don’t care if you play for the state champion in your senior year, you have your sights on something beyond, something bigger.

    As a former-in-law would say “He’s got himself a bit too big for his britches youbetcha!”

    Only… this kid pulled it off, didn’t he. And he didn’t go far. SCSU is a hockey school in the hockey state.


    Now he’s a Hab.

    From friends who have seen him play recently, I think that despite being too big for his britches he still has his sights on something big. He’s a learner and as the central scouting report suggests he gets better by playing with better players.

    Fearless prediction? We’ll see him soon.

    And that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are above average…

    • johnnylarue says:

      Sweet post.

    • FormalWare says:

      Tour de force, youbetcha!

      Montréal Canadiens: “Season after season under the same, low ceiling.” – D.M.

    • on2ndthought says:

      Nice one, thanks!

    • The ice ghost says:

      My kid played a tournament in Minnesota back in January at a rink with like 8 pads and it was obvious how hockey crazy they are.

      The Mall of America was a big dud though. All hat and no cattle, as they say, with a little tiny Tim’s that had like 2 donuts.

      It’s also very flat there.

      • Calgary Steven says:

        Depends where you are. It’s called the Land o’ Lakes for a reason and up in the Iron Range and the shield areas of the north it’s just like Ontario, rocks and trees and trees and rocks and water.

        Rolling hills south of that, and a phenomenon just like the one at the Ontario / Manitoba border on the Trans-Canada. You get to climb one more hill and then… you see forever. It’s the shores of the glacial Lake Agassiz and from Pelican Rapids MN you can see 70 miles to Fargo! Fancy that.

        Incidentally, I still have a t-shirt somewhere that reads “Land of 10000 Lakes… and a few weirdos.

        Deceptively normal people. I missed Montreal though.

    • berc says:

      Nice post. My grandfather, dead now some 20+ years, was a ’27 alum of Cornell. He used to drive up there regularly to watch hockey games and watched Ken Dryden play a number of times. He declared that Dryden was going to be a sensation in the NHL. I used to live in Northern Vermont and followed John Leclair’s high school hockey career before he got to UVM (Leclair trade one of a number of tragic Habs trades of yore). No substitute for seeing a kid play day in and day out. Here’s hoping your prediction comes true.

    • berc says:

      P.S. He’s a bit old now, but maybe we could strap some skates on Garrison Keilor. At 6’5″, he could be just the #1C with size and spirit we’ve long been waiting for.

    • Le Revenant says:

      Calgary Steven, without your permission, I copied your post on my Draft blog entry. Let me know if that’s okay with you, or if it’s not, and I’ll take it down.

      • Calgary Steven says:

        Le Revenant – post away. You probably won’t see this given the fact that the HIO boards are 90’s vintage BBS-lite, but I’m fine with it. Last name is Methot…

  28. krob1000 says:

    why has no one picked klim kostin?? central scouting had him no 1 euro skater??worth trading down??

  29. Lord Stanley of Surrey says:

    A 6′-2″ 200+ lb CENTRE reputed to have a 200′ game should make Me all Wet and excited for My Team.

    Then WHY??? did I break-out with mad ticks under my eye when I heard he’s from MINNESOTA?

    Should I slug a stiff drink and a Valium, and relax?

    FREE TIMO!!! …Michael (Timo) had his negative tongue-in-cheek shtick in HIO, but He never was profane and should never have been banned from HIO. If there is any discretion and fair-mindness within the powers that be behind the scenes of HIO, TIMO’s ban should be rescinded immediately. Thank you.

    • johnnylarue says:

      He hasn’t lost half his toes to a drunken college frostbite incident yet, Surrey–give him a chance!

      • Lord Stanley of Surrey says:

        If You say so.
        FREE TIMO!!! …Michael (Timo) had his negative tongue-in-cheek shtick in HIO, but He never was profane and should never have been banned from HIO. If there is any discretion and fair-mindness within the powers that be behind the scenes of HIO, TIMO’s ban should be rescinded immediately. Thank you.

  30. on2ndthought says:

    I wonder if STL was looking for Tolvanen.

  31. habsfaninboston says:

    Penguins trade for some grit.

  32. bwoar says:

    Ah dammit I love Reaves. His dad rocked and he kinda does too.

  33. on2ndthought says:

    Nashville gets a sniper.

  34. D Mex says:

    Crosby will skate with a pylon next season.
    Reaves moving from STL to PIT ~ Friedman

  35. CowanS says:

    theox has a bee in his bonnet tonight.

  36. RightNyder says:

    After he looks at Montreal’s dep chart at C, Poehling will either be very sad he’s not actually going to play behind Auston Matthews for 10 years, or very happy that the path to the No. 1C slot as a Hab isn’t full of too many obstacles.

  37. Mattyleg says:

    Ça sent la coupe!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  38. Poehling at 18 sounds very mature and grounded. These young men often impress me in how they handle so much attention for such young men. Hope he works out, now to the depressing development aspect of the Habs organization…

  39. FormalWare says:

    GM of the Year up next.

    Montréal Canadiens: “Season after season under the same, low ceiling.” – D.M.

  40. Le Revenant says:

    For a second there, I thought Stan Bowman blanked when it was time to announce his pick, like Bobby Clarke with Claude Giroux. But no, he was only ‘acting’, such as it was. In the dramatic reveal, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane announce the choice, Henri (no, he’s not ‘french’) Jokiharju.

    Will Maxime and Nikita last all the way to the end of the second round tomorrow?

    Liberate Alex Galchenyuk, CH’s Great Middle Hope! Occupy Claude Julien’s office!

  41. theox_8 says:

    I’m just happy that every other draft pick I have ever seen interviewed never got the team he was drafted with confused on live tv …. wow .

  42. habsfaninboston says:

    Very dramatic Blackhawks scene

  43. krob1000 says:

    ha like the hawks pick already
    “I’m a puck mover, I like to keep the puck”…classic!!!

  44. haberoo13 says:

    A Pierre Gauthier sighting!


    • johnnylarue says:

      What? Where? I just saw a shadow flicker across my screen, then all the lights in my house went out, and then when everything came back on they were already interviewing the Hawks’ pick.

  45. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Cmon guys nobody here knows who the heck the Habs drafted… That’s the life when you draft at 25 especially in this draft.

    People saying this is good or bad are telling themselves how to feel. We will see how this works.

  46. haberoo13 says:

    Great Stuff Hawks


  47. Don Birnam says:

    Did our new guy say he was happy that Toronto picked him?

  48. johnnylarue says:

    Ha! Way to add drama to a 29th pick, Stan.

  49. Le Revenant says:

    The Stars took goalie Jake Whoever at 26, and the Flyers Morgan Whatever at 27th, blah blah blah, who cares, now that we’ve picked.

    Liberate Alex Galchenyuk, CH’s Great Middle Hope! Occupy Claude Julien’s office!

  50. PK says:

    Expect the unexpected?

    Oh well, there goes the idea of MacKinnon in a Habs sweater.

  51. theox_8 says:

    Meh seems like another Mccarron in the making . I could be wrong but not excited about this pick whatsoever .

  52. Le Revenant says:

    Ha ha ha, the Senators take Shane Bowers at 28th, the Mike Hough of the first round. Didn’t they learned their lesson with Curtis Lazar? Sorry kid, but you’re a bust too, I’m building my voodoo doll tonight.

    Liberate Alex Galchenyuk, CH’s Great Middle Hope! Occupy Claude Julien’s office!

  53. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Prediction: a year from now we will be either lauding the pick or cursing it.

  54. Arnold 56-79 says:

    Check back in five years, when probably not more than a few current Habs will be his teammates. He’ll have a role somewhere on the team of the future.
    An educated bit of speculation based more on size expectation and character (teenage version) than a solid body of work. But probably not a bad selection given Habs U.S. college comfort zone and draft position.

  55. jols says:

    I think for the 25th pick this was a solid selection.

    His numbers this year aren’t great but as a true freshman, he was playing against guys 3,4 and 5 years older. Solid pick at 25.

  56. knob says:

    How does it work with these NCAA players? Seems like some of these guys finish college, bail on the team that drafted them and sign with another team.

    in all thy sons command

  57. Le Revenant says:

    I don’t get my wish here, quite. I did want a player who complemented our prospect pool, and one who added size to it, so two checkmarks there, but I wanted to go high-skill, with a Nikita Popugaev and/or Maxime Comtois, or even Klim Kostin while we’re at it. Having sniffed this haughtily, I’ll acknowledge that this pick doesn’t rub me the wrong way. This is no Alfie Turcotte.

    Ryan Poehling is a pretty good shiny new toy to play with, even though I didn’t get my Rock’em Sock’em Robots, or the SmashUp Derby Set that looks so amazing on TV, with the cars flying through the air and the hood and doors popping off and everything. But I guess I’ll learn me lots of math and stuff with this educational Spirograph and another box of Legos.

    And I don’t get my lawn darts that I wanted, but maybe the neighbour kid will get a set and bring them over and forget to take them back…

    • FormalWare says:

      Ah, lawn darts. So much fun, ’til that trip to the emergency room.

      Montréal Canadiens: “Season after season under the same, low ceiling.” – D.M.

      • Le Revenant says:

        That was a risk that was vastly overblown. There’s all that other lawn everywhere else for the dart to fall to. And the tip wasn’t that pointy. There was a certain dullness to it, so there’s some safety built right in to the product.

        We came close a couple times though, when we’d crank it a few rotations and try to throw it up as high as we could, competing to see who could get it the highest. Good times.

    • krob1000 says:

      I like the pick based only on little I have found in last 15 mintues, young kid with height, will fill out and be strong…already considered strong, has hockey iq and obviously real iq also to be there. Good reports…fact central scouting had him at 13 intrigues me ….fact he was so young does too….similar to DLR IMo who HIO underestimates ….and says can’t score….we shall see…but I think DLR is going to enjoy a long career as a solid no 3 center who contributes a la Eller, Hanzal,etc

      • Le Revenant says:

        Yeah, I don’t get my wish, or my ‘prediction’, like I did the past two seasons, but when I was spending time checking out mock drafts this winter, there was one where we got Ryan Poehling in the first round, Josh Norris in the second and Alexei Lipanov two picks later. And I was okay with that, three centres with decent size, over 6 feet all of them, and let the chips fall where they may.

    • bwoar says:

      The fact that I am old enough to have played with all of the same toys makes me wonder why you are risk averse. Maybe it’s a Winnipeg thing, you might die anytime so what the hell….

      Protip from my later (but still earlier) self: You can videotape a session of Smash Up Derby with Lego-built cars for some wicked destruction replays.

      As for the pick, bottoms up and here’s hoping.

  58. FormalWare says:

    Ever since Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez (I suppose) led this team, it’s drafted a preponderance of Americans. And I’m good with that. The NCAA and the US National Development Team produce slow-roasted, well-rounded, full-bodied hockey players.

    Time for a snack and a glass of vino….

    Montréal Canadiens: “Season after season under the same, low ceiling.” – D.M.

  59. HabCez says:

    “Expect the unexpected.”
    All I can think is Tavares…

    We need a D prospect in this draft.. trade up.

  60. krob1000 says:

    I know nothing other than hcokeydb, central scouting, fact he was playing older kids…but I see this as a value pick and good value and organizational need …..good pick from what I can see….don’t be fooled by low offensive numbers when kid is 17 playing ncaa

  61. BC (Because of the Cats) says:

    Some comments on Ryan Poehling from a profile put together before the draft:

    ISS Hockey – Mar. 19th: “Powerful skater with a nice stride & quick first steps. Must improve on details of defensive game”

    Jeff Marek of Sportsnet – Mar. 8th: “Playing as a true freshman is challenging, but this hard-working, two-way centre is working through it. Got off to a slow start, but has improved steadily all season. Competes hard and has offensive skill.”

    ISS Hockey – Feb. 15th: “Gifted skater, but it is his hockey IQ and overall playmaking skills that makes him such a unique player.”

    Mike Morreale – Jan. 20th: “The 6-2, 183-pound forward brings speed and smarts and seems to make things happen at the right time. He generates offense in clutch situations, and is close to being the complete package despite being the youngest player in the NCAA; he turned 18 on Jan. 3.”

    Dennis Schellenberg Hockey Prospectus – Nov. 9th: “A leader on the ice, Poehling has the makeup to become a reliable two-way center at NHL-level. He is big, controls the puck well and is not easy to separate from the puck because of his strong skating balance, puck protection skills and overall compete level. Has leadership skills and communicates actively. ”

    “We gotta lotta dep.”

  62. boonie says:

    I would have liked Schenn for a depth forward and our late first rounder.

    Always liked him. Going back to the world juniors

    Oh well.

  63. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I’m just listening to TSN 690. Ryan Poehling was scouted as ‘comparable’ to Jordan Staal. The kid also hopes to play as a top-6 centre. Let’s see how this kid will turn out.

  64. veryhabby says:

    Lol anyone hear his interview on SN as we was saying “happy to join the Lea…Habs” lol
    Maybe he has thought he was going to the Leafs where he was ranked and where they were picking lol

  65. Chuck says:

    I’ll give the kid until 2020 before he’s traded. 🙂

  66. krob1000 says:

    he outscored his 20 yr old brother I am guessing on same team?

  67. Habby_Haberton says:

    @JohnLuTSNMtl 27s27 seconds ago

    #Habs 1st round pick Ryan Poehling was 13th in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. Bergevin drafted for need & got a very good prospect.

  68. veryhabby says:

    Excellent pick with what was left on the board

    He was playing with older kids in U (playing up with his bros)…you will see his numbers go up this year.

    He is offensive C not one of those “2 way C”. Just not elite.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Yup. Still a kid relative to most of his draft class, but trending in the right direction.

      Goes to show you what a crapshoot this really is, though.

  69. ZepFan2 says:

    Damn, missed it by a hair.

  70. Frozen Village says:

    Patch for Brodin and their first

    More Swedes for the Lions in Winter

  71. DipsyDoodler says:



  72. ZepFan2 says:

    FIRST round pick is a good size and a centerman to boot!

  73. Strummer says:

    First ( in the Ryan Poehling era)

    “Expect the unexpected”

    – Marc Bergevin to Elliotte Friedman after his first pick

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