Habs hold pre-draft combine in Brossard

The Canadiens held their own pre-draft combine on Wednesday at their practice facililty in Brossard, inviting 56 players, including 32 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Canadiens did not make a list available to the media of the players who were attending, but the top three prospects – Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones and Halifax Mooseheads forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin - weren’t there. They will be long gone before the Canadiens pick in the first round.

Three prospects who were in Brossard are the Mooseheads’ Zachary Fucale, the No. 1-ranked North American goalie by NHL Central Scouting; Rimouski Oceanic forward Frederik Gauthier, the No. 8 ranked North American skater by Central Scouting; and  London Knights centre Bo Horvat (photo above), the No. 15 ranked North American skater.

“I grew up here and to be a part of an event like this one that was organized by the Canadiens is special,” Fucale, who is from Rosemere, told canadiens.com. “All I had to do was take a few tests. They gather the most information possible, and we’ll see what happens (at the draft).

“All of the guys in the Canadiens organization know us from A to Z,” added Fucale, who led the Mooseheads to the Memorial Cup championship this year.

Said Horvat, who was the Ontario Hockey League playoff MVP after posting 16-7-23 totals as the Knights won the league championship: “I’m sure all of the guys are excited (for the draft). I’m excited (too). This month can’t go by slower actually, so I’m really looking forward it. I’m just really excited to see where I go.”

The players in Brossard were to be split into two groups and be put through a series of tests both on and off the ice.

The NHL held its official combine last week in Toronto. The Canadiens’ combine gives the team an opportunity to take a second look at players who were in Toronto and a first look at players who weren’t invited to the NHL combine, especially those from the QMJHL, as they look for a diamond in the rough.

NHL draft prospect rankings, NHL.com

(Photo by Liam Richards/The Canadian Press)

418 Comments

  1. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    As long as that idiot Timmins is in charge of drafting there is no hope for any of the picks. Look at who he has drafted since he was there and who other teams picked AFTER the Habs selections. I can’t believe this moron still has a job.

  2. frontenac1 says:

    I thought the Pens outplayed the Bruins last night.Rask faced 54 shots and let 1 in.

  3. Habfan17 says:

    I would say the Habs will keep Markov and move him to the second pairing. Play Tinordi with him to teach him the ropes.
    Hopefully they will sign or trade for a tough stay at home defenceman that can pair with Subban on the first pair.
    I would pair Pateryn and Beaulieu of he is ready with Boullion and sign one other crease clearing depth defenceman.

    I would use Diaz, Gorges, Weber, DD, and even possibly Plekanec to get that first line defenceman and a 2nd line left wing if they can’t sign a UFA. There aren’t manyavailable that can play on a first pair. I would not trade any of the draft picks this season.

    Habfan17

  4. Maritime Ron says:

    Chara was on the ice for 42:05 last night.
    While there may be a few other dandies, there was a Game 7- 4OT game of San Jose and Dallas in 2008 when DMan Brian Campbell played an unbelievable 56:23 and Sergei Zubov played 53:50 for Dallas.

    In a 2007/4 OT game of Van and Dallas, the same Zubov played 55:08 and Bieksa played 54:27.

    Too bad no one was keeping count back in 1936 when a Detroit-Mtl game had 166:30 of OT – that’s 8+ periods of OT.

  5. savethepuck says:

    Tuuka Rask picked 21st overall in 2005 by the Toronto Maple Leafs and traded the next summer by John Ferguson Jr for Bill Ranford. How long do us Habs fans have to suffer for the incompetence of the Toronto organization. Seguin, Hamilton, etc….

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  6. The Jackal says:

    This is all the laffs fault.
    They got Kessel and gave the Bruins a great future.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • savethepuck says:

      You can’t forget Ferguson Jr giving them Rask for Ranford too. Another horrible trade to help a team in your division.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • Maritime Ron says:

        Maybe it was the Sens fault for picking Redden over Chara and letting the Bruins sign Chara as a UFA. Or maybe it was Florida’s fault for giving the Bruins Horton and Campbell for Wideman and a couple of low draft picks. Or Florida again when they gave Denis Seidenberg to the Bruins for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller, and a 2nd round pick.

        • ebk says:

          Horton was traded for #1,#3 and Dennis Wideman. Hardly a couple of low picks. Campbell has turned out to be a key part of the Bruins and the trade but he wasn’t in the beginning. More of a throw in.

          Not directed at you but there as been a fallacy perpetuated on here that Horton was a bust in his time in Florida and that they were anxious to get rid of him.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      The Kessel trade isn’t why the Bruins are winning. Seguin has gone missing and Hamilton isn’t playing.

      You have to admit they have drafted and developed their players extremely well.

      Then again if the Leafs had held their nerve in the last minutes of game 7 …

  7. t1tan5 says:

    My God. I am shocked at how people undervalue their own team. The Habs are not THAT bad!

    • SlovakHab says:

      They are all right. Top 10 in the league.
      People freak out because what we are watching now is a top-4. Of course there will be difference.

    • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

      The Habs are horrible at the season that really counts. The whole org. are still losers who have their heads buried up their as==es and refuse to see how the game has changed. They’ll be losing in the first round or missing the playoffs for the next 25 years insisting that you can win with dainty little players who look great in the morning skate and goalies whose careers peaked at the age of 17. The fans will discuss ad nauseum the different line combos and not realize that they are merely shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. Meanwhile, the Bs and Kings and Wings and Hawks will go on winning Cups because they don’t need Francophone coaches and GMs and players (like Archambault, Leblanc, DD, Bouillon and Beaulieu who will be the next thoroughbred DUD. Anyone watch that kid in the World Juniors? My 11-year old grandson plays with more passion.)

  8. SlovakHab says:

    What do Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci all have in common besides being dirty, dirty Bruins?

    They were all drafted in the 2nd round.
    Just like Subban, Marchand is a 3rd rounder.

    There is a plenty of top-end talent available in those rounds.

  9. gmur says:

    So frustrating to see the Broons win… let’s just encourage hooking, any kind of roughing after whistles, etc. It’s like the Broadstreet Bullies all over again. I thought the Penguins could show that talent wins, but I guess Broon hockey is the path teams will want to go toward now. Yay.

    Keep putting away the whistles, refs… except clearing the puck over the glass and too many men. Bunch of gutless refs, the NHL have.

  10. HardHabits says:

    You can see the level of play a team needs to win the Stanley Cup. Goaltending has to be impeccable and the the team has to have skill, speed, size and grit.

    By contrast the Habs…

    • kalevine says:

      have speed
      one out of four…is pretty bad

      • SlovakHab says:

        There is plenty of skill too, mate.
        Goaltending is average. Grit/physicality is bottom 30% in the league.

        What you get is a 1st-round-exit team. Sounds about right to me.

    • The_Truth says:

      I agree, after seeing how hard and how physical, as well as the great goaltending in this game, I see how far the Habs really are from being a top echelon team. Unbelievable effort by those teams. The Bruins just know how to win, plain and simple. They seem so comfortable when the pressure is really on.

      Rask is really the real deal. What an effort stopping over 50 shots in a game of this magnitude.

      • habstrinifan says:

        That is the one thing I am getting from this playoffs. HABS are nowhere ready to be in the top 8 teams in the league, which I think you gotta be solidly ensconced in to be considered a real contender.

      • johnnylarue says:

        To be fair, the tiny, unskilled and soft Habs took essentially the same Bruins team to OT of Game 7 two years ago…

        When they say anything can happen in hockey, I do believe they mean “ANYTHING”.

        Boston are playing an impeccable team game at the moment. Pittsburgh are frustrated and have been in varying degrees of utter shock since the first period of Game 1. They’re just not used to not scoring goals, and a snake-bit goal scorer is just as flaky as a goalie who’s lost his confidence. Pens have an entire roster of snake-bit goal scorers right now.

        • HardHabits says:

          Looking at the final 4 over the past 10 years gives this list (Cup winners have an asterisk; number of final 4 appearances to the right)

          Flyers 4
          *Red Wings 3
          *Ducks 3
          *Penguins 3
          *Blackhawks 3
          Sharks 3
          *Hurricanes 2
          *Bruins 2
          *Kings 2
          *Devils 2
          Senators 2
          *Lightning 2
          Sabres 2

          Flames 1
          Oilers 1
          Stars 1
          Canadiens 1
          Coyotes 1
          Rangers 1

          Taking a team to 7 games and losing in the 1st round is not much an indication of much. Habs are tied with 5 other teams for 14th place, so not top 10.

          Teams like the Flyers and Sharks are way better than the Habs and haven’t even won a Cup in this span. Habs are not elite. Not close. There is much upward movement for the Habs to do.

          • ClutchNGrab says:

            Not sure how relevant final 4 in last 10 years is, seems pretty arbitrary. That stats put the Rangers and the Canadiens at the same level as the Flames and the Oilers. I would not trade the last five years of the Habs or the Rangers for the last 5 of the Flames or the Oilers.

  11. habstrinifan says:

    Well Alain Vigneault will soon have one more prospective employer.

    A-Bysmal is getting his walking papers by end of week.

  12. kalevine says:

    nice goal to end it, but man how can you win scoring at most a goal a game. Still, I counted 4 posts by the Pens in the 3rd and OT

  13. PrimeTime says:

    The only Bruin I like – Bergeron. Good on him!!!

  14. The Jackal says:

    Wow! I can’t believe how crap the refs are.
    No call on Jagr.
    Just before, some guy sits on Crosby after he went on a tear… no interference.

    How come the NHL does not call it when players just sit on a guy… it’s a clear interference play!

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  15. habstrinifan says:

    Wake me up in September.. I’m closing up shop.

  16. Timo says:

    Man, I hate Bergeron. Matt Cooke him, please.

  17. The Jackal says:

    What is everyone thinking here?
    Pittsburgh wins?

    They look to have woken up.
    I say the Pens win it.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  18. habs_54321 says:

    really not impressed with crosby this series maybe he should put the face shield back on was good luck for the pens

  19. Timo says:

    Man, Malkin is slick.

    • The Jackal says:

      Wish we could get him giving anyone but Price and PK

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Lafrich says:

        PK – OK, I can see it I guess. Price? You can not be serious!

      • Clay says:

        I question the judgement of anyone would would not trade Price for Maklin. It’s the Pens who would be stupid to make that deal. For the Habs it’s a no-brainer.

        __________________________
        ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

        • The Jackal says:

          Having no reliable goalie is a no-brainer eh?

          If we had a great prospect in the pipes, then yeah. But, Price is our guy and he is #1. He is reliable. Let’s not draw conclusions based from 20 bad games when he has had 100 good games.

          ______________________
          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

          • Lafrich says:

            He is the opposite of reliable – or at least he has been. Man do I hope he proves me wrong.

          • Clay says:

            Price is not reliable.

            __________________________
            ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

  20. Timo says:

    What an absolutely useless powerplay.

  21. habstrinifan says:

    A-bysmal has one gme plan… play Crosby with everybody.

  22. Timo says:

    Come on!!! Now or never.

  23. habstrinifan says:

    Line of Neal/Iginla/Cooke and this game is won.

  24. Timo says:

    Letang on the ice means a scoring chance for the Bruins.

  25. jphk says:

    I think Moen is the worst signing of all. A “physical” player out of a concussion who is retiring on the job. The AHL is now too physical for him. Switzerland perhaps (but the ice is too big there)…

  26. Timo says:

    Guaranteed that as soon as this series is over Pens say that Crosby was playing injured. Seems to be the most common excuse.

  27. habstrinifan says:

    Rumour #1. Robinson wants outta SJS.
    Rumour #2. Mari Lemieux to make off he cant refuse to Robinson to join the staff.

  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    Great to see Don Cherry, sharp as a whip, with a perfect feel for the game, on TV at almost midnight, at 80-years-old, telling it like it is. Way to go Grapes!

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    “Sometimes coaches are hard-headed”

    – Mario Tremblay

    (without irony)

  30. habsfan0 says:

    Will Boone be blogging the Stanley Cup Final?

  31. habstrinifan says:

    Fat lady’s about to sing!

  32. habsfaninboston says:

    Pitt is playing to lose this game.

  33. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wow.

  34. habstrinifan says:

    Put Iginla on the ICE man!

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    Pens have shot their bolt.

  36. habs_54321 says:

    omg pittsburgh is so nervous i can feel it from here

  37. Hobie Hansen says:

    Would love to have Engelland on our club instead of Bouillon or Diaz.

    • savethepuck says:

      I have to put Diaz as the most likely DMan that the Habs trade within the next year. I think he may have some trade value but he doesn’t fit on our D. We definitely need more size back there to go with our skilled guys of PK and Markey.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  38. Timo says:

    It’s kinda appropriate that Pitts loses but damn… not another Bruins run at the cup.

  39. habstrinifan says:

    Change of plan… Iginla scores his next shift.

  40. HardHabits says:

    Pittsburgh is getting Halaked.

  41. HabFanSince72 says:

    Engelland is a turnover machine.

  42. HabFanSince72 says:

    Rask is winning this game. Damn you Leafs.

  43. HabFanSince72 says:

    Letang panics again.

  44. habstrinifan says:

    On closer inspection this messed up season suck!

  45. Timo says:

    What is Neal’s contract status? He is pretty big, definitely dirty, definitely a scorer… Can habs get him?

  46. HabFanSince72 says:

    Told you.

  47. jols101 says:

    This is GREAT…

  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    What a save by Crosby!

  49. Timo says:

    I gotta give it to the Bruins. They have a lot of dirty shit thrown at them and they haven’t resorted to any retaliation or particularly dirty shit. They just keep taking it and rolling with it. Say what you will but Julien has them ready.

  50. habstrinifan says:

    To heck with it.. I’m rooting for Detroit to win the Cup this year.

  51. HabFanSince72 says:

    If B’s kill this off guaranteed they get a powerplay later on.

  52. habs_54321 says:

    sidney and malkin need to score here on this powerplay this is it this it the moment!!

  53. HabFanSince72 says:

    H I/O favourite and double spelling mistake deryk engelland almost gave the Bruins the win.

  54. Timo says:

    Iginla and Morrow have been absolutely useless. What a waste.

  55. habs_54321 says:

    alot of hesitation from penguins

  56. habsfaninboston says:

    WTF is Letang thinking.

  57. HabFanSince72 says:

    Teams that lose the first two always play their best game in game 3.

    Pens did that and it went to overtime.

    Going to be hard for them.

  58. Timo says:

    Ummm… Andi again. I like Andi.

  59. Timo says:

    Is anyone else liking Matt Cooke?

  60. savethepuck says:

    Why do I have a feeling that Boston is going to win this by a puck bouncing off of someone’s a$$.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  61. H.Upmann says:

    Yammi Jagr lol

  62. jols101 says:

    Huge OT coming up. This is the series. If Pens win they get a new life and come back to win this in 7 games, if the bruins win it is over in 4.

  63. habstrinifan says:

    Working my “if you dont watch they will win” mojo for Pens. So not sue if Cooke is playing but if he is.. I pick him for overtime.

    If B’s win… I am shutting down the hockey season tonight.

  64. Cal says:

    Is it just me or does everyone like it when Ference gets plastered into the boards?

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  65. Adidess says:

    No interference !


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