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.

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