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The Montreal Canadiens have the 11th-best prospect pool, at least according to HockeysFuture's fall 2013 rankings.
This list has not been updated since the Canadiens traded Sebastien Collberg to the New York Islanders as part of the Vanek trade. Yet it's also important to keep in mind that both Alex Galchenyuk (20 years old) and Brendan Gallagher (21 years old) had graduated from the prospect rankings due to the fact that they were both already NHL regulars.
Montreal has key prospects at each position that are all expected to be a big piece of the future.
In goal, Zachary Fucale is one of the top prospects at his position. The Canadiens selected him with the 36th overall pick in the 2013 draft, and he's currently one of the best goaltenders in the entire CHL.
Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi anchor the defensive prospects and could make for an exciting defensive pair, as their styles of play compliment each other. Beaulieu is a smooth-skating, puck-moving defenseman, while Tinordi is more of a shutdown, stay-at-home defender who likes to use his body.
Jacob de la Rose is the club's top prospect at center, and he could be making his North American debut in the near future. Andrew Berkshire of Habs Eyes on the Prize reports that de la Rose's Swedish contract expires in April and that he could look to continue his development in either the OHL or AHL.
At right wing, the Canadiens' top options include Mike McCarron and Christian Thomas. McCarron was the club's 2013 first-round selection, while Thomas was acquired in a trade last summer.
The talent level on the opposite wing is high, where Charles Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen are both gifted players. Hudon has 76 points in 57 QMJHL games this season. Lehkonen is a young sniper who can also kill penalties.
The Canadiens have done a great job in finding talent through the draft in recent years, and it shows with the depth of their prospect pool. There are a lot of young players to be excited about in Montreal.