Habs select McCarron in first round, Rosèmere native Fucale in second

The Canadiens added size with their first-round pick at the NHL draft in New Jersey, selecting 6-foot-5, 228-pound forward Michael McCarron, who was ranked 35th by Central Scouting among North American skaters.

The Habs also nabbed top-ranked North American goalie prospect Zachary Fucale, who many expected would go in the first round. A Rosemère native who grew up a Canadiens’ fan, the 6-foot-1 Fucale backstopped the Halifax Mooseheads this season as they won the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship and Memorial Cup.

The Canadiens chose Fucale 36th overall. You can listen to what the 18-year-old goaltender said to reporters here.

Mooseheads’ coach Dominique Ducharme described Fucale earlier this month as a “super kid” with great ability.

“He’s really intelligent, calm, confident,” Ducharme told The Gazette.

“He’s another one that really enjoys being on the ice. He’s working hard. And he’s got great ability. He’s pretty good athletically, but technically also. Put all that together with a great mindset. He knows how to win a game.”

“If there’s one thing that makes him even better, it’s his hockey sense,” Ducharme said. “And sometimes we don’t talk about hockey sense for a goalie that much. But the way he reads the play, the way he sees it coming, that helps him a lot . . . to be in a good position.”

The Habs chose Michigan native McCarron, who is with the U.S. under-18 development team, 25th overall at the draft, which was held at the Prudential Center in Newark. In 59 games this season, McCarron posted 16-21-37 totals and led the U.S. development team with 182 penalty minutes.

“I never thought I was going to go this high,” McCarron told TSN. “Even today I didn’t think I was going to go this high. It’s the biggest surprise to me. I’m so excited.”

“Obviously we like the size, the grit and the character,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said of McCarron on TSN. “Mike has a lot of character and the way he’s been used we know he has hockey sense and he has grit. And it’s something that we need to build moving forward with his size.”

You can hear more of what McCarron had to say to reporters here (The first question is at 14 seconds) and here.

The Canadiens used their 34th overall pick to select 6-foot-2 Swedish centreman Jacob de la Rose. European Central Scouting placed him seventh among European skaters in their final rankings. You can hear what de la Rose had to say here.

The Habs also looked to Europe with their 55th pick overall, selecting Finnish forward Artturi Lehkonen. In the scouting report on NHL.com, Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting, said of the 5-foot-9, 163-pound Lehkonen:”He has very quick feet and smooth hands, plays a solid two-way game, and uses his speed and hockey sense to his advantage. He’s full of surprises in the offensive zone, can score the big goals and accelerates quickly, especially when in possession of the puck. While he’s not very big or strong, he’s still a first-round talent.”

The Canadiens selected Connor Crisp, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound forward in the Ontario Hockey League, with their 71st overall pick. Crisp scored 22 goals and picked up 14 assists in 63 games this past season with the Erie Otters.

With their 86th overall pick, the Habs chose forward Sven Andrighetto from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Andrighetto put up 98 points this season (31 goals, 67 assists) in 53 games. The team’s next pick was Martin Reway from the Gatineau Olympiques in the fourth-round (116th overall.) Both are 5-foot-9 wingers.

Jérémy Grégoire, a 6-foot, 188-pound centreman with the Baie Comeau Drakkar in the QMJHL, was the Habs’ sixth-round pick (176th overall) He was ranked 79th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

The Canadiens went into the draft Sunday with nine picks, six of them in the first three rounds. The Habs traded their seventh-round pick to Florida for the Panthers’ seventh-round pick at next year’s draft.

You can listen to what Bergevin told reporters here:

And you can listen to what Trevor Timmins, the Canadiens’ director of amateur scouting, said to the media here:

More coverage at montrealgazette.com/nhldraft

Canadiens go big with first-r0und pick, by Pat Hickey

Habs tried to move up to top 10 pick, The Canadian Press

Habs’ interest in Lecavalier is “very high,” Bergevin says, by Pat Hickey

QMJHL scores at NHL draft, by Pat Hickey

Three former Lac St. Louis Lions selected, montrealgazette.com/westisland

Martin Brodeur drafts his son in seventh round for Devils, NHL.com

(Photo by Bill Kostroun/The Associated Press)




  1. John Frodo says:

    Its been a rough few days to be a Habs fan.
    1) We draft a goon, now its the smart play in the NHL of today, but what a sad statement of the NHL today, and how the game is being destroyed, I imagine in my lifetime you will see picks from the MMA who cant even skate.
    2) Vinne leaves us at the alter, in fact we did not even get a kiss. How much money is enough. I know I speak for every fan that without question if I was Vinny I would play for Montreal for league minimum for at least one year just for the pure joy.
    3) Kristo trade. I had very high hopes for him, maybe exaggerated hype, but it seems we were stiffed by another.

  2. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    Another 1st round wasted on an American who will NOT want to play in Canada esp. Quebec. I doubt that he will make It to the NHL. Why not just trade that pick for a Cal Clutterbuck? Why does Timmins have such a hard on for American players? MB talks a great game but something tells me that hanging around the Black Hawks front office (doing the coffee runs) doesn’t necessarily qualify you to become a full GM at any other NHL franchise; but if you’re a Francophone, then that’s good enough for the Habs. No playoffs for the Habs next season.

  3. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Didn’t want Vinnie, and, Kristo didn’t want to play here!

  4. chrskwn says:

    my prediction; vinnys signing with detroit you heard it here first!

  5. chrskwn says:

    montreals out of the mix for signing vinny

  6. Timo says:

    Ok. I am going to do this thing called a workout. I don’t even know why the F I bother. When I come back I hope there will be news that David Desharnais has been traded for 2 free groceries delivery coupons for Carey.

  7. HabFab says:

    Now before some of you get too excited. You all realize the boy ain’t right…right???

    Brennan Klak – Jackets don’t qualify Colton Gillies, he becomes a UFA

  8. habs1992 says:

    There is a NEW thread Now.

    I support Carey Price

  9. HabFab says:

    So by process of elimination that means the Habs qualified;
    Ryan White
    Gabriel Dumont
    Robert Mayer
    Dustin Tokarski

  10. HabFab says:

    Renaud Lavoie – Canadiens other non-qualified are Ian Schultz and Joe Stejskal. They’ll be UFA on July 5th.

  11. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Maybe they are collecting small players to keep McCarron fed? I don’t get this…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  12. Haberoooo13 says:

    Holy poop…yeah Thomas is small, but we didn’t trade Gretzky here…a guy who has had off-ice issues and there were whispers last week that he didn’t want to come to Montreal.
    Criticize MB for the Moen and DD signings sure, but for trading a 23 year old guy destined for Hamilton for a 21 year old guy destined for Hamilton…yeesh….gonna be a long summer

    Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

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