When Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin addressed the media at his post-season press conference after the Habs were eliminated by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs, he said he wanted a big, fast, strong team, but added that it takes time.
“You don’t change the makeup of a team overnight,” Bergevin said. “It takes a long time to change the makeup of a team. Obviously, there’s 29 other teams that want to be big, fast and strong, but that’s easier said than done. But I believe balance is very important. You can’t win with all big guys and you can’t win with all small guys.”
Bergevin, who has six picks in the first three rounds of next month’s NHL entry draft, said his philosophy is to select the best player, but added one option was to take size into consideration.
“It’s easier said than done because everyone is looking for those players, but we’ll look at it, for sure,” Bergevin said.
One of the players Bergevin could be looking at is Samuel Morin, a 6-foot-6, 202-pound defenceman with the Rimouski Océanic. Morin jumped from No. 76 in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings to 23 on its final list last month of draft-eligible North American skaters. That’s right around where the Habs are slated to pick in the first round.
“He moves really well for a big guy and he has a good sense of the game, offensively and defensively. He’s quite a responsible player,” Dan Marr, director of Central Scouting, told The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell.
“When you get a guy that’s that big, that rangy, can make the first pass out of the zone and has a good stick to defend and he’s got a little bit of a physical element … that’s a pretty nice package.”
(Photo courtesy of Rémi Sénéchal/Rimouski Océanic)