Montreal Canadiens 2013 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis
After an overwhelmingly successful regular season that saw the Montreal Canadiens capture the Northeast Division crown just one year after finishing 2011-12 as one of the league's worst teams, it's time for Marc Bergevin to add to his already impressive collection of young talent.
With a franchise goaltender in Carey Price, a Norris Trophy winner in PK Subban and a handful of promising young forwards such as All-Rookie Team selection Brendan Gallagher, the cupboards are far from bare in Montreal.
A year ago, the Canadiens struck gold with the No. 3 overall selection in Alex Galchenyuk, who would go on to lead the United States to a World Junior Championship title and finish tied for fifth among all rookies with 27 points.
At this year's edition of the draft, the Habs won't be on the clock until the 25th pick of Round 1, but with what is believed to be a very deep pool of prospects, there will still be some blue-chippers available when the Canadiens are called to the podium.
Check back here for updates once the draft begins, complete with pick-by-pick analysis for every newly minted Canadiens prospect.
Round 1, Pick 25: Mike McCarron
With their first selection, the Canadiens took hulking forward Mike McCarron, who has spent the last two seasons honing his skills with the U.S. National Development Team Program.
McCarron, a 6'5" right winger, is known for his intimidating frame and physical style, but the Western Michigan recruit certainly has decent hands as well, which is why he put up 37 points with the U-18 squad this season.
He's more of a project than some of the other high-end prospects still on the board, but given his size and skill, the Canadiens did well to add some much-needed size to their roster, especially within the team's top-nine up front.
If the Michigan native does indeed go the NCAA route as planned, he'll likely remain a Bronco for at least a year or two, but after that, the Habs should be getting a massive two-way presence to compliment their stable of undersized yet skilled scorers for years to come.
McCarron isn't a lock to be a game-breaker at the NHL level, but with his size and physical style, he was worth the gamble at No. 25.
Round 2, Pick 34: Jacob De La Rose
The Canadiens continued their stellar start to the Draft by taking Jacob De la Rose with the team's first of three Round 2 selections.
De la Rose, a physical Swedish winger who spent 2012-13 with Leksand's top-tier squad, was seen as a potential first-rounder, so Montreal was likely surprised to see him still on the board at No. 34.
After helping Sweden to a medal at the World Juniors in January, De la Rose's stock shot up, despite not registering any points in six games at the tournament.
He projects to be a second or third line forward, capable of making an impact both physically and emotionally, so this is a good pick for Bergevin's scouting staff.
Great value outside of Round 1. He's another potential building block with a tendency to show up to play in big games.
Round 2, Pick 36: Zach Fucale
Zachary Fucale had to wait a while to hear his name called, especially given that he was arguably the most talented goaltender in his draft class.
Well, the news didn't get much better for Halifax's Memorial Cup-winning goalie, as he was taken at No. 36 by a team that has one of the league's best in between the pipes in Carey Price.
He'll get a chance to prove himself, but he's too good of a goaltender to be a career backup, and it's unclear whether he'd ever get a chance to start over Price.
Fucale didn't get enough credit during Halifax's championship run, and he should've gone higher than this.
Montreal got great value, but did the team really need to burn this pick on a goaltender, even one as good as Fucale?
Round 2, Pick 55: Artturi Lehkonen
After grabbing a pair of heralded prospects to start Round 2, the Canadiens took a dark horse with the team's fourth pick of the day.
This time, the Habs grabbed Artturi Lehkonen, a sniper who has competed in Finland's top league for the past two seasons.
After being more of a depth player with TPS in 2011-12, Lehkonen enjoyed a strong breakout campaign in 2012-13, notching 30 points in 45 games with Kalpa.
Though undersized at 5'9", Lehkonen's speed and hands are special, and if he matures physically, he could be a steal for Montreal down the road.
Montreal has nothing to lose with this pick, especially given that they already took two relatively low-risk forward prospects in the first two rounds.
Round 3, Pick 71: Connor Crisp
Connor Crisp may not have put up big numbers as a member of the OHL's Erie Otters, but he has the potential to be a force in other areas of the game.
At 6'3", Crisp emerged as a physical presence for the Otters in 2012-13, posting 139 penalty minutes during his third OHL campaign.
Though he won't ever be a big-time scorer, he did register a career-best 36 points in 2012-13, so if he continues to develop the offensive side of his game, he could one day assume a bottom-six role with the Canadiens.
Crisp has the physical tools to reach the next level, but will the rest of his game improve enough?
Round 3, Pick 86: Sven Andrighetto
With the team's second pick of Round 3, the Habs took 20-year-old Sven Andrighetto of the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Andrighetto moved over to North America two seasons ago, and has been filling the net for the Huskies ever since, highlighted by a 98-point performance in 2012-13.
Though Andrighetto's 5'9" frame raised questions among scouts, his numbers are simply phenomenal, as he posted an impressive eight points for Switzerland at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
Yes, it's unlikely that Andrighetto will be such an offensive wizard at the next level, but given his back-to-back seasons with 74 points or more, he was worth taking a flier on at this stage of the Draft.
Andrighetto's an older prospect, but given how dynamic he's been for two years in the QMJHL, there's a chance he could simply be a late bloomer.
Round 4, Pick 116: Martin Reway
For the second selection in a row, the Montreal Canadiens went with a European-born QMJHL scoring star, and this time it's Slovakian sensation Martin Reway.
Reway, who joined Gatineau this past season after posting 60 points in just 25 games in the Slovakian Under-18 circuit, did not disappoint during his first season in North America, putting up 50 points in 47 contests for the Olympiques.
Though just 5'9", with a season or two to better adjust his game to the North American style of play, Reway has the skill and hockey sense to be an offensive threat someday at the NHL level.
Reway got better as the season went on in Gatineau, and has already emerged as a force for the Slovak WJC team, despite being one of the youngest players on the team.
Round 6, Pick 176: Jeremy Gregoire
Montreal continued its love affair with QMJHL forwards with its eighth pick of the Draft, this time taking Jeremy Gregoire out of Baie Comeau.
Gregoire, who saw his play drop off after a solid rookie season with Chicoutimi, and was dealt mid-season, and enjoyed a resurgence during the final 27 games of the season as the 6'0" center tallied 17 points.
With solid size and hands, Gregoire has the potential to be a bottom-six pivot, and can make the opposition pay physically as well, as he earned himself 100 penalty minutes this season.
Whether he even makes it to the AHL level remains to be seen, but if he continues to build upon the solid finish he had in 2012-13, he could be a late-round find.
This wasn't a very inspiring choice, and there were other players remaining who appear to have better shots at finding their way to Montreal at some point down the road.
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