Canadiens draft Collberg, Thrower in second round; Bozon in third

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Sebastian Collberg (pictured) is a Swedish RW the Hockey News Draft Guide had at 14. Not big – 5’11”, 174 – but a clever scorer who shone on the gold-medal team at the World Juniors. McKeen’s Draft Guide also had Colberg at 14.
An assessment: Collberg possesses a great mix of blazing speed and and incredible shot, a combination that makes him lethal coming off the rush. Despite his small frame, the Swede isn’t afraid to take the puck in and out of the dirty areas. His production this year is by no means an accurate representation of his upside at the NHL level. In fact, his performance at the 2012 World Junior Championship is a better gauge of what’s to come in North America for Collberg.

Collberg at the Combine:
And his Shootout goal:

• Dalton Thrower, a defenceman with Saskatoon of the W who, as the Dickensian name suggests, is a fighter and took on massive Tom Wilson, giving away three inches and 25 pounds but hammering out a draw in the Prospects Game. Michel Therrien likes tough guys who can play.  THN has him at 29th, McKeen’s 38th.

Thrower told he was honoured to be drafted by the Canadiens and said he models his game on Kevin Bieksa’s.

Profile of Thrower

And a scouting report on him

Thrower throwin’ a few:

• The Hockey News rated Tim Bozon 43rd and the Canadiens got him with the 64th overall pick.

“He owns a terrific shot and a good skill set,” a scout told THN. Another scout compared Bozon to David Perron.

A scouting report on Bozon

And some video:

• The Canadiens’ fourth-round pick, 94th overall, was Brady Vail, a centre, born in North Carolina, who plays junior for a great organization in Windsor: “A tireless worker, Vail wins a ton of board battles and is never afraid to get himself into traffic.  He has a hard, accurate shot and a quick release.  Vail is also a good passer, and has decent vision to find the open man in the offensive zone.”

A scouting report on Vail

And some video

• At the top of the fifth round, the Canadiens took Charles Hudon, a small LW from the Q, with the 122nd pick. THN rated him 80th.

Scouting report on Hudon“The one thing that stands out to me when watching Charles Hudon is his ability to spot openings on the ice and his capacity to take full advantage of them by his superior skating and puck handling ability. He is a rather undersized player but he keeps his body low and is hard on the puck making it difficult for opponents to get the puck off him.

Hudon video:

In the sixth round, the Canadiens took Swedish LW Erik Nystrom with the 154th pick.

Not to be confused with Bob’s son, who plays for Dallas, or this guy

And that’s the ballgame.

The Canadiens do not have a seventh-round pick.

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The Canadiens haven’t had a second-round draft choice since 2008, when Danny Kristo (56th overall) was their top choice of the draft, the first-round pick having been dealt to Calgary in the Alex Tanguay deal.

A list of the team’s best second-round picks would include P.K. Subban, 43rd overall in 2007; Maxim Lapierre, 61st in 2003; Mike Ribeiro, 45th in 1998; José Theodore, 44th in 1994; Patrice Brisebois, 30th in 1989; John LeClair and Éric Desjardins, 33rd and 38th in 1987; Benoit Brunet, 27th in 1986, Stéphane Richer, 29th in 1984; Claude Lemieux, 26th in 1983; Chris Chelios, 40th in 1981; Mats Naslund, 37th in 1979; Rod Langway, 26th in 1977, and the Canadiens’ best second-rounder ever: Larry Robinson, 20th in 1971.

It didn’t take long for the second-guessing to start.

On L’Antichambre after the draft Friday night, Gaston Therrien says the Canadiens could have bettered Carolina’s offer for Jordan Staal by trading the number 3 pick, Lars Eller and Yannick Weber to the Penguins and thereby securing “a number one centre for the next 10 years”.

I’ll take my chances with Alex Galchenyuk, thanks.


  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    One thing that struck me about the Canadiens’ draft was how six of the seven picks were forwards, with a preponderance of skilled players vs. the ‘two-way’ work ethic types. That is good news for those who long for a return to an exciting, more offence-oriented brand of hockey, if not quite the old firewagon style popularized by the team in the glory years. A look at the farm team and what prospects there were in the system revealed a definite lack of forwards with offensive flair; the more surefire prospects were defencemen Jared Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu. Longer shots like Brendan Gallagher and Danny Kristo showed an offensive dimension, and then the talent dropped off to Hail Mary candidates.

    So with the shelf restocked with great to good prospects like Alex Galchenyuk, Sebastian Collberg and Tim Bozon, as well as intriguing long shots like Charles Hudon and Erik Nystrom, the balance has been re-established. We’ve got some forwards coming in the pipeline, and not just pluggers. It’s almost as if the Timmins team did so intentionally, although both he and Marc Bergevin claim that their was no preference given to position, that they only drafted the best available players.

    Or did they? Are they executing a plan skillfully engineered by Pierre Gauthier and Bob Gainey before their unceremonial ouster in March? Have the Canadiens set in motion a machine that will inevitably manufacture a Stanley Cup championship?

    It’s an oft-repeated fact that NHL defencemen take longer to mature than forwards, usually a season or two longer. Goaltenders usually need even longer, maybe another season or two.

    So have the Canadiens harnessed these forces and are they now poised to reap the benefits of this phenomenon? Have they timed these waves to coalesce together in a tsunami of talent that will sweep any and all that dare to confront it?

    Let’s imagine Pierre and Bob, meeting by themselves in a twenty-person boardroom, patting each other on the back, replete with confidence that the first stage of the operation has been successful: Carey Price is the franchise goalie every team seeks but few actually find. He’s young, has been tempered in the fire of the playoffs and the cauldron of fan expectation, and seems to have come out stronger. He’s 24, and will reach the peak of his athletic ability in about four years, and stay there for another five years or thereabouts, at least. He may be a freak like Martin Brodeur who doesn’t fade in his thirties.

    In any case, you have your franchise goalie, and you start to plan for the future. To build a consistent winning team and Cup contender, you need to do it through the draft, as trying to do so in free agency is impossible in a salary cap league. So you know you’re going to stockpile draft picks and prospects, but to have a chance, it really helps when your team matures in sync, so that you’re not just adding rookies while your veterans are declining, and barely keeping up with the treadmill. Ideally, you have a bunch of youngsters who blossom in the NHL around the same time, with a few support players and veterans, à la Chicago Blackhawks or Pittsburgh Penguins. How do you ensure that they all peak at the same time?

    You start with defencemen. You already have P.K. Subban and Josh Gorges, but need some talent up front, the fans say? Damn their pusillanimous hides. You don’t care what they think, you barely condescend to speak to them once or twice a year. So you draft Jared Tinordi and Morgan Ellis. When you make a trade you take a defenceman back, any defenceman, like Greg Pateryn or Mark Mitera. Some of these guys are bound to turn out.

    The next year, with the hounds baying for more forwards, you double down, and draft still more defencemen, Nathan Beaulieu, Josiah Didier, Magnus Nygren, Darren Dietz and Colin Sullivan. You sign European defencemen, guys like Raphaël Diaz, and long-lost prospect Alexei Emelin. You can’t have too much of a good thing. Fans schfans. Direct them to the gift shop. Point at the legends dropping the puck at centre ice, to open the loss to the Hurricanes with a bit of pomp. You know what you’re doing. They’ll grovel with gratitude in a few years.

    Now with the system teeming with defenceman talent that needs to percolate, you have successfully manoeuvered to the end of Stage 2. You sit back, have a cucumber sandwich with Perrier to celebrate, and plan for Stage 3. You’ll need forwards. Talented forwards. Top of the draft forwards. But never fear, you’ve skillfully dragged down team morale and left gaping holes in the roster, and a couple of fortuitous injuries later, your squad is settling towards the bottom of the standings. You ensure the draft position by poisoning the well, savantly-timed coaching shuffles, questionable trades. You’re scouting some talented 18 year olds and dreaming of Nail Yakupov when…

    You’re ousted in a palace coup. Some ignoramuses who never understood you or the way you work slit your throat and dumped you in a ditch. The plan will now fail.

    Except the assassins are morally irresolute. They take pity on your young protégé and spare his life. He retains control of the machine, and continues your mad experiment, unknown to the self-satisfied courtiers he pretends to serve.

    Now a different wave builds to merge with the others: Alex Galchenyuk, Sebastian Collberg, Tim Bozon, Charles Hudon, Erik Nystrom. A wave that will peak quicker than the other two, but at exactly the same time….

    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 24: Travis Moen
    June 26: Mathieu Darche
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

    • Cal says:

      CHonspiracy Theory II, starring Pierre Gauthier. What a hoot! 😀

    • HabinBurlington says:

      That was an enjoyable read, far fetched? Perhaps, but intriguing nonetheless. You a mad and twisted man Normand, well done.

      Especially enjoyed the cucumber sandwich. 🙂

    • habstrinifan says:

      Only one thing I dont like about this post.

      You kinda diss cucumber sandwiches and Perrier… I see you have never ‘had to go’ on a picnic with a snooty-tooty coed just to get in her pants. You whip out a self-grown properly ‘cut’ cucumber (for sandwiches my boy for sandwiches) and some Perrier… and your only worries after that is ants in your pants.

      Great stuff!

    • boing007 says:

      Great comment, Un Canadien Errant. Although you lost me in the final paragraphs. Think that management is doing what’s right for the future of this team. Any cress on the cucumber sandwiches?

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      By Jove, I think you’ve got it! Nicely put and plausible, providing cause for great hope. Well done, sir!
      Let us now pray a lockout doesn’t throw a spanner into the works.
      Or did BG and PG prepare for that possibility as well?

  2. Bill says:

    Wow. Luke Schenn makes 3.6 million a year? For four more years? That’s a lot of coin for a 3rd-pairing D-man who does nothing on special teams. What’s PK Subban worth this summer?

    Flyers couldn’t do better for JVR? Funny market.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Clay says:

      Komi makes more than that, and is a worse D-man IMO. Maybe they should have tried to trade him instead.
      Not that anyone would actually take Komisarek now, of course!

      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

    • habstrinifan says:

      While many think the Leafs won this deal, salary is one of the reasons I think Phillys won.

      Relatively speaking Luke Schenn as a defenseman was considered more blue chip than JVR as a forward. Luke Schenn is probably entering the key years of his career. And at that contract for 4 more years, if he breaks out and becomes the hard-nosed physical D-MAN he was projected to be the impact on his team would be greater than JVR’S on the Leafs. I think JVR will help the Leaf for a season or two and not at any outstanding level. Today Leafs won; tomorrow Flyers win.

      • JF says:

        I think I agree with you. Schenn will do much better in Philly than he did in Toronto. As for JVR, he’s very good, but stands out more in the playoffs than in the regular season. I don’t know how he’ll fit in with the Leafs or with Randy Carlyle. At the end of last season, the team and coach looked like being a mismatch. Also, they still have no goaltending.

    • Dust says:

      Last time i checked penalty killing was special teams. while schenn is not on the powerplay he is a shut down defender who is very good on the penalty kill.

  3. Bill says:

    Haha, right now I am laughing at myself so hard, because I CANNOT remember who the Canadiens’ back-up goalie is … it’s not Alex Aiuld, so who is it?

    This is too funny … I watched every game this year, just like every other year … I must be getting prematurely senile.

    No, don’t tell me, it’ll come to me … obviously the guy is really important, haha …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • AceMagnum says:

      Budaj Movie!!! …. I still don’t know what that means…Boone, please tell me!


      THE KINGS ARE KINGS!! 2012

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I think it’s a play on words on ‘buddy movie,’ like with Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds.

        June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
        June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
        June 24: Travis Moen
        June 26: Mathieu Darche
        July 1: P.A. Parenteau
        July 3: Shane O’Brien
        July 5: Carey Price
        July 9: P.K. Subban

        • AceMagnum says:

          Really? Jeez I was expecting something a lot more clever…. like Paul Newman and Robert Redford.


          THE KINGS ARE KINGS!! 2012

  4. Un Canadien errant says:

    One thing I’m wondering about, but am too lazy to actually research, is what a draftee says to the local press after being drafted by the New York Islanders or the Columbus Blue Jackets. In Montréal, we keep hearing the same things, how excited they are to be part of such a prestigious organization. We know these kids are trained to deal with the media and their responses are rehearsed, but what about if they’re Long Island bound? What’s the script then?

    With the Canadiens or the Leafs, you have an easy job talking about the history and rabid fan base. The Wings and Devils you mention the strong organization, the Rangers you talk about the Big Apple and Mark Messier, the Kings is easy with the beaches and Hollywood and a Stanley Cup to boot. Southern cities have climate and young fanbases to conquer, Nashville has a special character you can refer to, and the unspoken aspiration to also bed Carrie Underwood eventually, which confers a genuine smile to the starry-eyed prospect. In like fashion, the western Canadian teams have unpluggable gushers of puck bunnies, which you can refer to as the ‘awesome fans’.

    So what about the Islanders?

    “I really excite about grrreat trrradishin of Mike Bossy a decade before I vaz borned.”

    “I’m really stoked about the facilities. The Canadiens’ already have a decade of use or more, the Islanders will be brand spanking new when they get around to starting construction, in five or ten years or so, and we can then move out of the rusting shit pile that is Nassau Coliseum!” (High-fives Larry Brooks)

    “Onstage I got to to shake hands with eccentric nutjob owner Charles Wang. I can’t wait to meet lifelong Islanders like Alexei Yashin and Rick DiPietro. Maybe some day I can be a goodwill ambassador like Pat Lafontaine for a few months before I get kicked out the back door too.”

    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 24: Travis Moen
    June 26: Mathieu Darche
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      (( 🙂 ))
      …You’re a hoot Normand

    • Clay says:

      As a Broncos fan, I hope these 2 words will put the fear of God into you and all other Chargers fans; “Peyton Manning”

      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        As a Bronco fan, I hope these four words will put the fear of God into you and Peyton Manning: Sean Phillips, Melvin Ingram.

        They’re coming. Too bad Peyton won’t be able to turn his head to see them.

        • Clay says:

          Shaking in my boots. 😉

          ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

    • habstrinifan says:

      Nice morning read.

      It’s a Sunday Morning dawning and Un Canadien Erant nurses away the unwaxing moon with his sidewalk prose…. LOVE IT!

  5. commandant says:

    Undrafted Euros are back in the pool.

    Undrafted CHL players may sign with an NHL club before they report to their CHL training camp. Once they go to camp they are back in the draft pool.

    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

  6. Habs1996 says:

    They should draft a solid goaltender next year.Yes! We have Price but i think they should do that because
    1-Even if hes not that kind of person, i think he can go lazy knowing there will be no contest for #1 goaltender.Sometimes, competition brings the best out of a player.Really hope the new coaching staff can bring the best out of Carey Price.
    2-We need at least a goalie who can perform perfectly in the AHL.Being able to reach playoffs and knowing they wont have to be scared each time there is a shot against, young canadiens prospects will have an easier developpement for years to come compared to the awful 2011-2012 season.
    3-Fully developped, we can get draft picks and prospects that will fill our needs.Get more moves when it comes to trading.

  7. commandant says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that on July 1st the Habs sign North Dakota goalie Aaron Dell to fill that spot. Already been to two Habs prospect camps and all the buzz out of UND is that he’s leaving (they can’t confirm Montreal, but their beat guys are saying Dell is gone to the NHL). Since we’ve been the only team giving him tryouts, put two and two together here, and I thinlk we’re grabbing him.

    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      From a poster who blogs about UND, commenting on my blog:

      “I’ve heard that it’s a foregone conclusion Dell will be signing a pro contract this summer. North Dakota has graduated one goalie, and has a freshman and a junior transfer coming in next season. If Dell opted to return to school, UND would have four goaltenders, three of which would be fully capable of starting.

      “I would be VERY surprised if Dell didn’t sign as all signs point in that direction. And Montreal has to be the leading candidate IMO, particularly considering the “flirtation” last summer and that he will again be attending the Canadiens’ development camp this summer. If I hear anything else, I’ll be sure to share.”

    • habstrinifan says:

      Great stuff!

      As an afficionado of the complex algorithms of advanced mathematics where two and two equal infinitely more… I love it.

  8. zak says:

    Assuming he makes the team , the habs better have a tough guy on the wing.

    Hire the best regardless of language

  9. commandant says:

    I gotta figure the Russian factor came into play with Slepyshev cause too much talent to go undrafted.

    Musta left an impression of never leaving the KHL during his interviews that scared teams off, cause he has late first talent.

    Not an I’ll maybe come over impression, but teams must think he’s got no chance.

    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      So refresh my memory. If undrafted he goes back in the pool for next year, or can someone sign him as a free agent? I’m not sure if the rule is the same for Europeans and Major Junior players.

  10. Habitant in Surrey says:

    James Mirtle, Globe and Mail: “Canadiens impress in Bergevin’s first draft as GM”

  11. Un Canadien errant says:

    What happened to Anton Slepyshev? I can’t find him on the drafted players list.

    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 24: Travis Moen
    June 26: Mathieu Darche
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

    • rogieshan says:

      I was looking all over for him as well. Evidently, he didn’t get picked.

      It was also interesting (sad?) to see D-man Nick Ebert as the last player chosen in the draft. Once, not too long ago, he was projected to be a top-ten.

  12. mr dave says:

    hey all .what a great day to be a habs fan best draft in, like forever first time ive watched the draft all the way to the 7th round.
    as for galchenyuk’s nickname how about chucky??? cheers to all

    the habs have 24 cups I have 24 beers

  13. Un Canadien errant says:

    Nice hearing Trevor Timmins doing a recap of the players drafted today. His descriptions are way more illuminating than Pierre Gauthier’s cursory introductions last year…

    An interesting aspect is how he described Brady Vail and Erik Nystrom, as both being in organizations with good people in the coaching staff to help them develop. It points to the vagaries of drafting 18 year olds who aren’t even finished growing up yet. When you’re confronted with prospects with lots of development in front of them to ever hope to make the NHL, you might as well draft kids who will be in a proper environment to do so. It may be obvious to some posters, but it was an insight for me. When faced with drafting kids who are essentially equal in talent and potential, maybe grab the kid who’s from a solid organization with good coaches.

    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 24: Travis Moen
    June 26: Mathieu Darche
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

  14. mike3131 says:

    So wait why did Sebastian Collberg go early 2nd round if he was held pointless through 41GP in Frolunda HC? Was he injured?!/mikelang35

  15. HFX-HabFan says:

    I must say that the Penguins are fairly deep with D prospects as well.

    Adding Dumoulin, Pouliot and Maatta to a group that already included Despres, Harrington, and Morrow gives them plenty of trade chips for future moves.

    Imagine if they land Parise next month? And find a taker for Paul Martin? Good grief.

  16. commandant says:

    Thanks Trini I appreciate it.

    I didn’t expect to have gone this deep into the draft either,

    We only did 80 guys, I was thinking I wanted to make sure we had our 3rd rounder on the site. To end up with 6 of our top 65 is remarkable and a perfect day for the Habs. Good work by our scouts and some good luck that the Habs kept having guys gall to them.

    I couldn’t repeat that next year even if I try, which is whyt I’m so excited about today.

    Watching these kids I really feel we’ve had a special, special draft. I expect this to be better than 2007 for us, and we should have McD to go along with PK and Patches out of that draft.

    We got my personal #2 prospect (4th on the site) 2 of my top 10, 4 of my top 35, and 6 of my top 65. That’s a ridiculous haul.

    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

    • JayK-47 says:

      Yeah man, this is the first draft where I knew guys names going into the 5th, 6th round. Outstanding job on your intel dump, I feel like a more invested fan going into next season.

  17. That's-Hockey says:

    Gotta wait now to see what moves they’ll make to improve the team for 2012-2013

  18. Mattyleg says:

    Hey HFX, I’ve been saying we should get Ott for a couple of years. He’s a great agitating tough guy, but like so many of those guys, they play best with the team that brung ’em. The Stars drafted him in 2000. He won’t be the same player elsewhere.

  19. Lizardking89 says:

    I guess this is what happens when you trust Timmins. You “win” the draft. 😀

  20. solomio says:

    ok enuff witht he draft already. Lets get on with making this years Habs a much better team.

    “I figure Bergevin has 3 or 4 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  21. habstrinifan says:

    I have never followed a draft to the 7th round before. WOW! This year was special for the HABS. It seemed so much like you just had to be in on it.

    One reason was, without doubt, the knowledge we gained reading commandant’s player charts/rankings.

    Thanks Commandant.

  22. rogieshan says:

    Interesting that the team didn’t draft a single U.S. high school or college player. Coincidence or a new shift in philosophy?

  23. HFX-HabFan says:

    Pierre LeBrun of ESPN suggesting that Steve Ott would be a good fit for us. Tough, physical, the kind of player you hate to play against but would love to have on your team. He’s versatile enough to take on top-six minutes but best suited for a third line role. Can play centre or the wing. Cap hit of $2.95mil for two more years.

    Might be a cheaper option than Prust on the open market, and we have the Gainey connection with Dallas…surely a Weber/Diaz along with a pick or two from next year’s draft? Maybe they’d even consider taking Kaberle off our hands???

  24. 69HABS says:

    “We’ll tell you in five years, but we added a lot of talent, a lot of scoring upside, some toughness,” Timmins said Saturday

    Well Timmins you never drafted a goalie to replace Carey Price Genius …

  25. Stormin says:

    Where did Andreas Athanasiou. go this kid was a dominant Midget , he absolutely dominated the World u17 for team Ontario in 2011

  26. Stormin says:

    Ed I watched Hudon when he played for Ste.Eustache he was absolutely awesome a great 5th round pick

    • ed lopaz says:

      I agree about Hudon; he’s a terrific talent.

      • Stormin says:

        Ed next year Duclair and Drouin will be first rounders again from Lac st Louis, the program rocks, and Midget AAA in Quebec is some aesome Hockey, so fun to scout and predict the next great talent from QC

        • ed lopaz says:

          yes Raz and Svoboda are doing an excellent job.

          they recruit the best players and then they teach them how to develop their games to star at the next level.

          skating, especially with Svoboda, is their strength.

          raz is a great manager and the goalie guru.

          “cross over!, cross over!” – Svoboda does a great job

          I know them quite well.

  27. ed lopaz says:

    so I’m going to pat myself on the back for calling Charles Hudon the steal of the draft about 6 weeks ago, and saying the Habs would likely take the young man if they could.

    I’m so glad the Habs’ brass read this site – and even if I’m not a paid scout for them, I still have no problem with them reading my posts and grabbing my ideas.

    Boys, about once a year I’m allowed to be right.

    Now that we’ve taken Hudon you might have to wait til next June for my next gem!!

  28. habfanacrossthed says:

    Very happy with MB and TT drafting. Haven’t been this pumped for a draft in a while. Really like the Brady Vail pick, maybe I’m biased since I watch lots of Windsor Spitfire games. He’s a similar mold to Adam Henrique. Shocked to see Collberg, and Bozon still there. Dalton Thrower just sounds vicioius. Great job. MB is so modest, saying how they missed on a couple guys. Gotta love that!

    GHOD – Go Habs Or Die

  29. Un Canadien errant says:

    Looking at the Charles Hudon highlight video, I can confidently predict that he will be way better than Denis Savard or Martin St-Louis. The kid never misses.

    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 24: Travis Moen
    June 26: Mathieu Darche
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

    • Stormin says:

      Normand do you remember how much i pushed Matheson

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …that is quite a compliment Normand, if correct
      …wouldn’t that be exciting to wait for
      …if Collberg, Bozon and/or Hudon come as billed, maybe no big deal losing Danny Kristo

      • habstrinifan says:

        Hudon will be bigger for the HABS than Kristo…. absolutely more talent and perseverance and focus on hockey.

        Oh say did you see in Bergevin’s presser how he mentioned Bournival… then kinda said ‘and others’. But the way he said Bournival and (I forgot the other player he mentioned you can tell he’s impressed. I think he was answering a question about whom he sees making a push for jobs.

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …tempted to get carried away, envisioning a return to Glory Trini
          …hope We hold on to this hope for the future
          …damn, if only Patrick and Larry were part of it 🙂

      • ed lopaz says:

        I think UCE was being sarcastic; suggesting that the highlites do not fairly represent the whole picture.

  30. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …don’t get Me wrong, I’m as happy about Our choices as a puppy running through a grass field on a summer day
    …only ONE thing in My craw
    …that was Chiarelli’s selection of Matthew (edit: Malcolm) Subban …and, Matthew’s (edit: Malcolm’s) purgatory of having to wear that evil Beelzebub B
    …the Bs’ selection of M. Subban was pure mischief and intent 🙁

  31. ooder says:

    the best part about picking the young guns, is knowing that PG/JM are no longer around.
    JM seemed to have 0 respect for young players and had no problem throwing them under the bus if they did one thing wrong, without even talking to them.
    PG had no respect for anyone
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

    • Timo says:

      There isn’t a bad part about PG or JM not being around. While Therrien will probably soon rival JM in effing things up, JM not being here is already a positive.

      • ooder says:

        ya.. right now Bergevin and Thimmins are keeping habs fans pretty happy.. hope that therrien doesn’t mess things up

        The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

    • alwayssunny says:

      yep, first draft that I have had any real optimism for a while. Not that there was a problem with the picks, you just knew that any character was just going to be bled out of these kids. Hearing Bergevin talk about Thrower and being impressed with his commitment told me that there is a guy that is in tune. The space cadets in the management were so detached all these years, it really made me sick to my stomach. “We identify a certain kind of player”…, yeah you sure did and you got about 20 of them and we sucked and got humiliated.

  32. nickster13 says:

    New avatar. I think everyone will like it.
    In the meantime, solid picks by the habs. Just need to acquire a couple D men to help out now, and we can contend this season.

    We need to find a nickname for Galchenyuk. How about Yuksy, or Cheny, or Gally?

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …Galleon ???
      …that’s as close to Aircraft Carrier I can get 🙂

      Michel F.Therrien ???: HIS’ new Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey/The Smiths ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’:
      HIO’s BC Odd Couple: UCe, the supercilious stickler; and HIS, the stubbornly relentless ‘schismatist’ 🙂
      What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • Timo says:

      I will be drastically changing my avatar come new season. (if it happens). There will be an announcement.

    • Boomer says:

      I like Gally, but what do we call Gallagher?

    • habstrinifan says:

      Güyük ….

      Which is the first name of the 3RD GREAT KHAN of the Mongol Empire. Pronounce it how you like.

      • A. Berke says:

        Yes he was.
        To pronounce his name one has to pronounce each letter as in the case of all turkic (including mongolian) dialects.

        So the “G” sounds like the g in great, letter “ü” sounds like the french letter “u” in the word “lumière”; the “y” is like in Galchenyuk’s name and so is the “k”.

        Btw, my last name is the name of the younger brother of Batu Khan (grandson of Genghis from his eldest son).

        Ali B.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      How about ‘Le P’tit Bill’. He’s a little shorter than #4.

      June 22: Alex Galchenyuk [x]
      June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
      June 24: Travis Moen
      June 26: Mathieu Darche
      July 1: P.A. Parenteau
      July 3: Shane O’Brien
      July 5: Carey Price
      July 9: P.K. Subban

    • solomio says:

      Just call me Chuck

      “I figure Bergevin has 3 or 4 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

  33. SnowManHabs85 says:

    I truly think Gally will be a future captain very soon when he plays for the Habs. He talks so many languages and he can speak to Markov in his native tongue. He can speak english. He’s going to speak french soon. He’s gonna wear the C sooner than later. Me thinks.

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  34. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’m getting the feeling that the current core, let me rephrase, some of the veterans, will not be around to see the finished product.

    People are predicting Gomez will be gone one way or another this summer. Regardless of when he goes, he won’t be around when our young players begin making an impact.

    Kaberle and Markov should be gone by the trade deadline in the 2013/14 season at the latest as well as Gionta.

    Bourque and Plekanec have longer contacts but I can’t figure these two guys being kept on for the new era either. Maybe by then (2014/15) Plekanec accepts a demotion to 3rd line center and PK duties and perhaps by that point Cole joins him on that line for his remaining days.

    2014/15 is when Price, Pacioretty, Subban lead the way with Galchenyuk and Eller over Beaulieu, Tinordi, and hopefully guys like Bournival, Leblanc and Gallagher. I realize there are now others like Collberg, Thrower and a series of picks next year as well to consider.

    What I’m saying is that it might be a fun year this year and maybe we make some noise but we really shouldn’t expect anything to go our way for at least two or three years. If it does it is a total bonus.

  35. Un Canadien errant says:

    Do any of you propellerheads know how to add a checkmark next to Alex Galchenyuk in my signature? I tried to Google it, but none of the suggested Alt codes seems to work.

    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 24: Travis Moen
    June 26: Mathieu Darche
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

  36. HabinBurlington says:

    So how long until all brothers in the NHL play on the same team?

  37. JayK-47 says:

    I wish this site had forums so we wouldn’t have to go over the same topics. I suggest:
    -Shit Gaston Therrien said
    -Shit Don Cherry said
    -Shit Ron MacLean said
    -Shit PJ Stock said
    -Shit Bruins fans said
    -Shit PM said

    and others, you know, as needed.

  38. Hali_Hab says:

    Enough with all this Staal talk already! Seriously if you cant read the writing on the wall with the circumstances surrounding his trade to the canes than you are missing a chromsome or something. He wanted to go to play with his brother PERIOD. I wont even get in to the obvious reasons why trading for him would have been foolish because it should be painfully obvious as to why that would be a bad idea.

    The whole thing is such a Non topic that the amount of chatter it has generated makes me question the amount of time people have on their hands/or how desperate they are for ratings.

    Only in Montreal can you have a steal of a draft and still get bashed for what you did not do. No matter how foolish it would have been.

    P.S. Gaston Therien is an IDIOT!

    • habsfaninboston says:

      Good post.

    • Hali_Hab says:

      P.S. For all the wheeling and dealing of Paul Holmgren and Brian Burke over the past 3 years what has it got them? JACK SHIT. People who are going to compare what MB didnt do to what the above mentioned GM’S did do are funny. Considering your essentially saying that your GM is weak because he hasn’t followed the lead of two GM’S who haven’t won a thing.. One has not made the playoffs in close to 5 years and continues to shuffle parts around hoping for a miracle. While the other has been runner up for the better part of a decade. Not to mention his last big trade from this time last year just won the Cup for another team.

  39. frontenac1 says:

    Hey Stormin! Have fun tonight but don’t get arrested! “Going to court with a lawyer who thinks your whole lifestyle is a Crime In Progress,is not a happy prospect”. Hunter S.Thompson.. Hola!

  40. commandant says:

    According to guys like Bob McKenzie and Pierre Lebrun, Jordan Staal had made it clear to the Penguins that Carolina was his preferred destination. The moment he did that and knowing he was a UFA next year, its quite clear why Montreal didn’t go after him.

    Never mind the fact that he’s never produced like a Number 1 Centre, and I don’t know why we would want to give up Alex Galchenyuk for that. Younger, Higher Ceiling, Lower Cap hit for at least the next 3 years. And will grow with the rest of our core.

    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

    • HabinBurlington says:

      To me it is obvious that it was pretty much a 1 pony race with Carolina the destination. Unsure why so many can’t see that Ben. Totally agree with your post.

  41. Un Canadien errant says:

    There is an enduring honeymoon between Canadiens fans and Marc Bergevin, one that can only grow stronger after yesterday’s draft, which hauled in a bounty of talented forwards, which our system was in crying need of. Alex Galchenyuk and stealing Charles Hudon on the cheap in the fifth round will buy him a lot of good will.

    Or will it? There are grumblings in social media that he could have gotten into the Jordan Staal derby, or gone after James van Riemsdyck. The fact that he didn’t is putting him an unflattering light compared to wheelers and dealers like Mike Holmgren and Brian Burke.

    I think it’s ridiculous to fault him for not landing Mr. Staal or van Riemsdyck, since both of these trades occurred in special circumstances.

    Gaston Therrien of RDS was quite vocal on the Jordan Staal trade, he’s leading the charge there. He contends that the price paid by Carolina was quite low for a stud centreman who in Montréal “would have taken care of the centre situation for the next ten years.” A package of Lars Eller and the third overall pick from yesterday’s draft would have easily matched the Carolina offer he argues. He also pondered whether the Penguins did Mr. Staal a favour by sending him to a likely landing spot to play with his brother, which he says is madness, since they had offered him a generous ten-year deal which he refused to sign. In that situation, Mr. Therrien says, your team no longer has any obligations to the player, you made him a fair offer, and now must treat him as an asset that you need to get maximum value from.

    Detractors of Gaston Therrien were quick to denounce his argument as ludicrous, since Mr. Staal could have walked away next summer as a free agent, but that’s not a sensible counterpoint. I think it’s obvious in the Therrien argument that he’s assuming that the Canadiens would have spoken to Mr. Staal’s agent with the Penguins’ permission and obtained assurances that he would sign a long-term deal, it’s intrinsically in his argument about him being a ten-year solution. If Jordan Staal had not wanted to sign, and indeed preferred going to Carolina or the Rangers has it is posited by many, then the whole discussion stops right there.

    In any case, I think the Canadiens were pretty happy with their #3 pick, and while they professed openness to discussions on trades, they were pretty enamoured of Alex Galchenyuk and valued the prospect more than Jordan Staal the player. If the Penguins did call and offered Jordan Staal in exchange for the #3 pick as a starting point, it’s probable the discussion didn’t go very far.

    The Canadiens did however try to deal back into the later part of the first round, probably to get a shot at Stefan Matteau, but Mr. Bergevin and Trevor Timmins explained that no team was willing to flip its pick, that they all had a player they wanted to select rather than trade down. This attempt should quell the ‘too passive’ camp somewhat, but evidence often is subordinate to opinion and prejudice.

    In the case of the James van Riemsdyk trade, again there are barbs directed at Canadiens management, mainly because he’s a big left winger with some skill and lots of promise and upside, and he would have filled a huge chasm on the current roster. Fans like this one have visions of him playing alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, and giving the Canadiens another credible forward line that would be tough to match up against.

    The problem is, we didn’t have a trading chip like the Leafs had though, one the Flyers wanted. The Leafs had a big young pedigreed defenceman who had fallen on tough times from the fans and media, and would benefit from a change of scenery, and hadn’t lost a lot of his trade value. That’s why this trade happened, not because Marc Bergevin was asleep at the switch. If the Flyers had needed a fleet-of-foot puck-moving defenceman who comes cheap and can help offensively, then we could have entered the discussion with Raphaël Diaz or Yannick Weber. We didn’t have a horse to help fill the Chris Pronger vacuum, so we were out of the running from the start.

    This is kind of like when the Canucks traded for Roberto Luongo. The Panthers wanted a significant player coming back, and Vancouver just so happened to have a hulking forward who could snipe goals who needed a change of address in Todd Bertuzzi. Both teams had complementary assets that they could swap. Not all teams can offer what one team wants/needs.

    So let’s appreciate the work that was done so far by Mr. Bergevin, the fact that he has built a modern organization with talented hockey people from all over the league, with some former Glorieux to provide a link to the past. Let’s give him credit for retaining our scouting staff and trusting their judgment in the last couple of days, instead of blowing draft picks on short term band-aids. Let’s trust that he seems to understand that the Canadiens won’t be turned into a contender overnight, but over the long term, and the best course of action is to pile up young players and develop them.

    June 22: Alex Galchenyuk
    June 23: Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson, Martin Frk, Brandon Whitney
    June 24: Travis Moen
    June 26: Mathieu Darche
    July 1: P.A. Parenteau
    July 3: Shane O’Brien
    July 5: Carey Price
    July 9: P.K. Subban

    • HabinBurlington says:

      No arguments from me, feel pretty much the same way, except i would have used harsher language describing Gaston Therrien and his assertions.

    • JayK-47 says:

      Instead of “social media” may I suggest “vocal idiots with internet access”?

      Present company exempted, of course.

    • db says:

      I think I’d rather have Prust or the bigger Pyatt than Darche… unless he wants a 2way contract.

    • JF says:

      Yes. Instead of whining about Jordan Staal or accusing Bergevin of passivity in the case of JVR, we should be celebrating the steals we got in this draft. Many scouts see Galchenyuk as the player with the highest ceiling, Collberg was certainly a steal, as were Thrower, Bozon, and Hudon, and Timmins thinks Nystrom could well be the sleeper in this year’s draft. I’m over the moon with the amount of talent and depth we’ve added. With each pick, we got not only the best player available, but a player who fills an organizational need. I think Bergevin and Timmins hit not one but several home runs.

  42. Rozz says:

    hey can any one tell me how to add a pic to my profile on here?

  43. Stormin says:

    Guys we need a goalie prospect big time, why didnt Timmins pick Brandon Whitney with our last pick, my only issue with an amazing draft year

    • db says:

      Timmins said there wasnt a goalie they wanted where they were picking… can’t win em all I guess.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      The way I see it, I’m guessing the Habs will lock in Price for a good number of years. That means they don’t need to immediately draft a good goalie prospect. Let’s say they draft one next year, the guy will probably have a good 3 years to develop on his own. In the meantime, hire a good veteran and the Habs are set at the goaltending position.

  44. alfieturcotte says:

    Habs should have traded 3rd overall and another 2nd tier prospect for Jordan Staal. Much rather have a sure thing in Staal. He will be dominant in Carolina.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It looks like 97% of HIO posters disagree with you. I don’t usually put much stock in polls, but this kind of consensus is noteworthy.

      • alfieturcotte says:

        I read it as 3% who have their wits about them, and 97% not thinking. All 97% of you have absolutely no clue what you’ll get with a player who played all of 2 games last year and is coming off major knee surgery. Staal on the other hand is already very good, very very good.

  45. novahab says:

    Well going by the vote, 97% agree with his first pick, Now that a great start. Now how will MT handle this team, and turn the ship around .Can’t wait for training camp. I have this feeling Galchenyuk is going to make the team.

  46. filincal says:

    Schenn needed a role model ‘D’ in TO. That wasn’t going to happen with anyone in the organization. He’ll thrive in Philly and turn out to be the nasty d-man Burkie desires…especially with Pronger either playing with or just hanging around the locker room.
    JVR…I have no idea how it’ll go for him..

  47. Rozz says:

    hey every one, i never really post much on here even though its my daily reading along with a few other hab new sites.. that being said i plan to change that now that Bozon is a cansdiens prospect.
    i have been living in kamloops BC for just over 5 years now (orginally ontario) but i’m going to pick up my kamloops blazers season tickets to keep an eye on him and try to give any reports i can.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Look forward to reading your updates, thanks Rozz.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Excellent! Also in games where there are any habs prospects on the other team.. add a little about them too.

      Thank you!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Thanks Rozz. I’m looking forward to it too.

      Meanwhile, I’m going to have more WHL players to scout next season when they play the Vancouver Giants. Darren Dietz, Dalton Thrower and Tim Bozon. I was kind of hoping we’d pick another Giant so I could have a local kid to check out. Kamloops and Regina it is though.

      What do you say, HabitantInSurrey, VancouverHab and The Dude?

  48. HabinBurlington says:

    I think the JVR / Schenn trade is one of those win win trades, where both sides are better off.

    Luke Schenn gets alot of criticism, but he is a big strong stay at home defenceman who was completely misused by Ron Wilson in his run and gun system. Add to that many rumours that Phaneuf and he don’t get along well at all. I would take Schenn over Phaneuf but that is another issue.

    Carlyle I think would have been great for Schenn, but Burke has picked his pony in Phaneuf as his Captain and therefore Schenn is gone. He will do very well in Philadelphia playing the role of a stay at home bang and crash Dman.

    We all know how good JVR is, we saw what he did to the Habs in the Playoffs not long ago. Having said that, he did have a significant hip injury.

    My point is, Schenn gets a bad rap, he will turn out to be a very solid dman for Philly.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …kind of reminds Me of Our terrible trade sending Desjardins to Philthydelphia …Schenn will haunt Da Weeds
      …difference being, unless JVR has inherent injury issues, at least Da Weeds got something in return …Da Weeds have sized and skilled upfront
      …a healthy JVR = I HATE to admit it, but a win for Da Weeds

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Toronto does face an issue now where Komisarek will need to play unless they get another veteran dman. While JVR helps, they have a much weaker defence corp. now.

      • Mad Habber says:

        I know Recchi isn’t to well liked around here, and that trade was one of the worst in the teams history. But he was a multi-time thirty goal scorer.

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …but it was still a big step backwards for the Habs
          …most saw big long-term upside to Desjardins and Leclaire, at least I did …it was one of those ‘I can’t believe it !’ trades for Me

  49. adamkennelly says:

    excellent draft – exactly who I was hoping we’d pick at each spot, given availability….can’t believe we had to deal with PG and JM – clowns…this Habs team is gonna be really good in a few years and decent next year…just sign Staubby, get rid of Gomez, Darche and Weber – replace with top 6 FA winger, hard nosed D and we’ll be set for 2012-2013.

  50. novahab says:

    Looks like the cast at HNIC will drive the final stake in to Burke after a very stupid trade. Who trades a young D-man with upside for a offen injured third liner who needs hip surgey. Unless you want to screw the team that going to fire you lol. It’s all good, Leafs will suck again. HNIC will still shove them down our thoarts on Saturday nights. Thank good for RDS.

  51. jedimyrmidon says:

    It’s pretty funny reading comments on TSN about the Leafs getting Matt Finn in the second round. I don’t mean it’s funny how they think he’s better than he is, because I’m sure the scouting reports are right in that he’s quite a solid Dman who could have gone in the first round.

    I mean it’s funny reading how, as fans, they suddenly remember that a good defense is necessary to win games (or championships as they put it) – of course, they don’t really address the goaltending issue – in order to console themselves for not picking forwards during the draft.

  52. frontenac1 says:

    Good Canadian broth of a lad out ,American in! Just can’t wait for Cherry”s comments in Leafland! Oh Yeah!

  53. Stormin says:

    JVR for SCHENN holy crap i am hammered but that is an awesome trade by the weeds, JVR and Max are great friends and work out bro’s, would have loved to see Bergevin pull the trigger on a trade to acquire JVR

    • Boomer says:

      If Dmen are what Philly was looking for we coulda helped in that department for sure lol

      • HabinBurlington says:

        which big strong dman already NHL ready would you have traded? PK or Emelin and we then would have had 1 physical dman on our roster.

        They weren’t looking for an undersized Swiss offensive dman.

        • Stormin says:

          We Would have had to give them a Flyer in the making like Tinordi,, no way the game has changed, you need to be bigger stronger and a tight team to win in today’s NHL.. Guys that go to war for each other,, brother’s in arms…

        • Boomer says:

          if you were Philly and wanted Emeliin straight up for JVR it would be pretty hard to turn down…

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I think Philly views Schenn as better than Emelin, plus Schenn will drop the gloves Emelin does not. A rough and tough Flyer Dman has to be able to fight, it is in their DNA in Philly.

            Don’t get me wrong, I really like JVR, I just dont think we had the asset Philly was looking for to make the deal.

          • Boomer says:

            we mighta been able to package, with the number of young defenseman coming up i think it might have been a possibility. But you do bring up a good point though. Its how philly perceives Schenn. I think its just wishful thinking on my part, I’m a fan of JVR’s

          • commandant says:

            Philly didn’t just want a young defenceman, but one who steps into their line up today.

            Go Habs Go!
            Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters

          • Boomer says:

            it makes sense now why Burke went for 2 Dmen with his first 2 picks

  54. habsfan1001 says:

    Congrats to MB and his team one of the best drafts in a long time. Excited about our future. I think we ended up with with 3 first round draft picks

  55. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …do You know what I like and enjoy about Mike Boone in HIO ?
    …He says His thing, puts it out there …and, if someOne tells Him He’s full of shite, He doesn’t come-back with invective, or get into ‘a debate’ with You
    …Mike doesn’t talk with arrogance like He knows ‘everything …which He assuredly does not
    …Mike talks like a Fan of Our beloved Team …Mike, Dave and whoever else behind the curtains at The Gazette, have created a platform for Us similar, maybe more over-exuberant types to get together and ‘talk’ hockey’, especially ‘Habs’ Hockey’
    …HIO wasn’t meant to scream at each other, or those with egos larger than Texas to Lord-over either the more thoughtful, the clowns, jocks or ‘idiots’ among Us
    …I mean sometimes it’s necessary to take a verbal swing at an egregious cretin …but, after getting it quickly out of Your system, don’t carry-it on for endless posts
    …because, then, You only create Ad Hominem for Yourself, and bore to tears Others reading who could not give crap what Your personal issues or sensitivities are
    …Mike is not perfect, He gets ‘off-base’ occasionally …but His non-reactionary, non-personal, humorous and wry style makes Us ‘comfortable’ to read Him, and return over and over again to this great Meeting Place
    …I hope He sticks around a bit longer
    …no, more than ‘a bit’ longer

    • kempie says:

      Very well put. I use his live blogs as a kind of barometer like another Habs fan on my couch with me to let me know if I’ve just seen what I thought I saw. It’s a very much appreciated service and I hope the rumours are false.

    • Boomer says:

      I hope Mike stays too, how did this all start anyways????
      I like everything about this site.
      The live blogs. The links. The videos.
      I like reading the debates on here between people it gives different perspectives. As long as there are no personal attacks or lines crossed who cares?

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I read a couple people mentioning the uncertainty of Boone remaining with HIO …which, if true, is very disappointing, and worse inconceivable that HIO would survive His absence
        …and, likewise, I agree it’s only when ‘debates’ become ‘personal’ that I resent and turn-off

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It’s too late. Don’t try to buy back your virginity. You drove him out. Live with the consequences.

  56. petrov14 says:

    Schenn? JVR?
    Meh. I’m not a big fan of either players. BUT if I had to guess I’d say in 2-3 years PHI wins this.

    Long live Captain Gionta.

  57. D Mex says:

    I watched video of Trevor Timmins being interviewed today on Habs website : got the sense he feels valued / enthusiastic about what he is bringing to the table.
    Perhaps this is his general demeanour – not having seen much of him I wonder if he came across the same way under the former management regime.
    Thoughts ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • nickster13 says:

      I think he is just super giddy because all of the picks are guys he wanted, and were all highly rated. The seas parted for him and his staff. I’d be giddy too, and I am!

      “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

  58. SnowManHabs85 says:

    I still believe Max Pac will be a better player than JVR. The only thing that JVR is most recognize by is him being drafted 2nd overall.

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

    • petrov14 says:

      Totally agree! If not for his draft postion he would not be much talked about. For a “skilled” player with “nice hands” he seems to score very few nice goals, from what i’ve seen in highlights he scores more like Tie Domi.

      Long live Captain Gionta.

      • nickster13 says:

        Im pretty skeptical of the US national development program team members to be honest.

        “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the rocket!”

      • SnowManHabs85 says:


        “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

    • boing007 says:

      He already is a better player.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • Mad Habber says:

      You could arguable say the same about Schenn. Well not 2nd oa but high draft pick..

  59. ed lopaz says:

    what a difference it makes to have a real management team in place.

    every pick makes sense.

    every pick has the potential to add value to the organization and maybe even at the NHL level.

    I would not be surprised nor upset to see Galchenyuk make the big club next year, even as the left winger on the 2nd line.

    why not??

    If he shows up to camp and wins the job, why not?

    other teams have had great success with #1 picks making it as 19 year olds.

    why can’t we do the same??

    my late father used to say, there’s no such thing in sports as a youngster who is “too young” to play Pro.

    if you give him a shot, he would say, and he runs with it, he grabs the opportunity and he shows that he belongs, then you are not doing him any favors by taking it away from him.

    there are 19 year olds in this league.

    I guarantee you that Yakupov and Murray are sticking in the NHL.

    True, Galchenyuk missed his last season, but I saw him in the playoffs and I’m telling you this is a special athlete, this is a special circumstance.

    If he’s not ready, then by all means do NOT rush him.

    But if he’s our 2nd best left winger behind Patches in training camp I would love to see him make the jump,

    at least for 9 games, and then make the decision early enough not to use up a year of eligibility.

    that’s what I expect will happen.

  60. Roger Ramjet says:

    Anger gone.

    What a draft!

    Congrats to MB and his team. Job extremely well done, thank you gents! Proud to be a HABs fan, once again. Thank you Marc and boys!

    Very refreshing to see and hear the management team speak to the media. Felt good to listen to Trevor Timmons as well as Marc talk about the draft and the players drafted.

    There …… I feel much better now.

    What a draft!

    GO HABS GO !

  61. joeybarrie says:

    what a shock. Pouliot to Tampa Bay.

  62. EasternOntarioHabsFan says:

    I heard someone at the draft say that Galchenyuk did not go to school.

    I also remember hearing that he took distance education (online courses) at an American High School.

    I really doesn’t matter, but which one is true???

    From his blog and interviews he defiantly does not seem dumb at all.

    Dion Phaneuf on the other hand……..

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Apparently Gal speaks 4 languages so he is no dummy. Phaneuf on the other is doing his best to master one!

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • habstrinifan says:

      Not sure re that info. But there was a high draft pick who left home at 11 to live in a hotel room to follow his hockey dreams.

      Cried all year in hotel room apparently wanting to go home but coach wouldnt let him. But now he’s in the league as a high draft pick.

      Can’t help but wonder who was doing the dreaming at 11 … the boy; the coach or the parents.

      Well one shouldnt judge but it sure sounds strange.

  63. Marc10 says:

    So the Flyers moved JVR. Are they making room for BRyan?

    And if they are, does Couturier go the other way with a pick?

    • habstrinifan says:

      I think they are. In fact I think Burke may have wanted Bryan but with the history between Bryan and Carlyle… this happened. Wont be surprised to see Bryan in Philly.. which makes them way better.

  64. Marc10 says:

    Don’t sweat the blow up with AB Commandant.

    For one thing… You were right!

    Keep up the intel on the kids. Made my draft day!

  65. Strummer says:

    Re: Luke Schenn/ James Van Riemsdyk

    Burke wanted to move Schenn because he was a leftover from the previous regime.

    Plus- BIG PLUS- Van Riemsdyk is American born. Everyone knows Burkie has a hard on for U.S. born players.

    That’s how Burke works. All ego, All American, all the time.
    I don’t think there is anyone left from the John Ferguson Jr./Cliff Fletcher era.

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • 1010 says:

      I think the leafs got rid of Schenn because he fell a long way last year from the top four status that they expected of him. Before last season Burke was hot on Schenns brother as he thought both of them would turn out to be stars. Schenns stock slipped a long way in the last 365 days. I think Burke won this deal.
      Schenn -in my opinion- was very overrated

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Luke Schenn was drafted by Cliff Fletcher who at the time was interim GM for Toronto, was widely believed Burkie had his fingerprints already on the Leafs, as they hired Wilson that summer.

  66. Marc10 says:

    Tim Bozon went to WHL because he wanted a challenge. Could have played in the Q… Instead went to Kamloops.


    F Ya!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      How does that work? Does an international player choose if he goes to the Q or WHL? I thought there was a draft for imports?

      Any link to an article explaining this would be appreciated.

  67. Stormin says:

    shit i am hammered lol did JVR get traded to the Leafs

  68. Stormin says:

    Hey guys any news on the impending doom rumors concerning our master boone

  69. habstrinifan says:

    I am curious.

    Does the James Van Riemsdyk trade to Toronto now means that Philly is gona be in hot pursuit of Bobby Ryan. Wasn’t there talk of Burke going after Ryan? Which didnt make sense because wasnt Carlyle Ryan’s coach in Anaheim uncomfortably for both.

    Could be something brewing which lands Ryan in Philadelphia.

    We need one big deal MB. Lets get Kane.

    • Stormin says:

      trini was that reply you gave to my Crawford losing the coaching job request on the up and up

      • habstrinifan says:

        Yes the info I posted was a true report I heard .. and not on twitter.
        I hesitate to ascribe right now because I was not able to catch as much of the details as I would have liked.

        Essentially the report was that Molson received an email warning of the ‘repercussions’ of another ‘anglais’ coach.

        Now your premise that Crawford did in fact have the job was not part of the report…. Crawford at that time was rumoured to be ahead of Therrien… and it was after Hartley was out of the picture.

        Dont think it’s important now because any concerns re Therrien, in my eyes, have been assuaged by the skillful way Bergevin has gone about putting his fingerprints on the assistant coaching positions and the AHL staff. Clear clue of this is the interview, which was on HABS website, of Bergevin explaining ‘his’ hire of Lefebvre and essentially removal of Jodoin from that job.

        • Stormin says:

          I agree but, the crap that goes on behind closed doors is amazing,, politics in sports,, no place for it ,, but it exists,, and Crawford spoke some pretty good broken french lol….

  70. frontenac1 says:

    Happy Birthday Bud! Have a good one! Hola!

    • Stormin says:

      hola i am smashed lol,, Galchenyuk,, and Collberg baby,, and a Thrower,,and yes i do want some Frontenacs scouting reports,, got love Junior Hockey,,, and Sandusky deserves nothing but jail for life

  71. frontenac1 says:

    Atta Boy Stormin! Remember”You can pray to God,but row away from the rocks”Hunter S. Thompson. Hola!

    • Stormin says:

      LOL thanks Frontenac,, my birthday and i am just going with the flow,,i am not as good as i once was,, but i am good once as i ever was,, lol Toby Keith but works for me lol

  72. Habfan10912 says:

    Maybe its my anti Leaf bias but I’m not convinced that the Leafs won this trade. I understand that JVR has been very productive in the playoffs and i may be selling that part short but during the regular season he is a bit of an underachiever. I watch a handful of flyer games a year and am far from an expert but this deal seems to be a trade of huge potential, perhaps a bit underachieving young players. Young defenseman sometimes take longer to develop so its possible the flyers could win this trade. Or maybe its just my anti Leaf bias. 🙂


  73. HABZ24 says:

    wow habs turned the loser bus around it seems surrounded themselves with competant french guys and things are lookin up !! drop the puck !!


  74. Stormin says:

    Frontenac i am pulling a hunter s thompson, chivas and etc… lol

  75. rated_R says:

    Already a huge rebuild for the future. Just imagine our 1st pick next year and our three 2nd round picks. Yup, we’re set.

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