The Montreal Canadiens Top Ten Prospects

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The Montreal Canadiens Top Ten Prospects
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P.K Subban: It was a tough decision if P.K. should be considered a prospect or not considering he is clearly NHL ready, but for now he’ll count as a prospect. Subban played in only 2 NHL regular season games last season scoring 2 assists in them. Subban then took the league by storm in the playoffs scoring 1 goal and 8 points in 14 GP while shutting down the likes of Crosby and Ovechkin. Subban was also elected to the AHL All Star Team last season as well as winning the AHL’s Presidents Award as AHL MVP.

Lars Eller: A former St. Louis Blues 1st round selection the Canadiens acquired Eller in the Jaroslav Halak trade. Eller scored 2 goals in 7 games with the Blues last season and 57 points in 70 GP in the AHL last season. Eller was also a member of the AHL all-rookie team last season and will compete for a full time spot on the Habs roster.

Louis Leblanc: Leblanc was the Canadiens 1st round selection in the 2009 entry draft. Leblanc played at Harvard last season scoring 11 goals 12 assists for 23 points, good enough to lead his team in all categories. Leblanc also won Ivy League rookie of the year and was one of the final cuts of Team Canada’s World Junior team. Leblanc will play this season for the Montreal Junior Canadiens of the QMJHL in order to play more games and increase his chances of making the World Juniors squad.

Danny Kristo: Kristo has the Canadiens 1st selection in the 2008 draft (56th overall). Kristo has great speed and skill and was a member of the Gold Medal winning USA World Junior team. Kristo is a bit undersized but should add weight to his frame over the next few years. Kristo is currently playing at the University of North Dakota of the NCAA.

Jared Tinordi: Tinordi was the Canadiens 1st round selection 22nd overall in the 2010 entry draft. Last season Tinordi captained the US NTDP Under-18 team where he had 5 goals and 13 points in 56 games. Tinordi is known for his defensive ability and will play next season with the London Knights of the OHL.

Alexander Avtsin: Avtsin was selected by the Habs in the 4th round 109th overall in the 2009 entry draft. Avtsin is a big body at 6-2 and 198 lbs and has recently signed an entry level contract with the Canadiens. Avtsin scored 56 goals and 110 points as a member of Dynamo Moskva last season.

Yannick Weber: Weber was selected by the Canadiens 73rd overall in the 2007 entry draft. Weber was an integral part of the Kitchener Rangers 2008 Memorial Cup runners up. Weber is known for his ability to chip in offensively from the back end. In the 2008-09 season Weber made the AHL All Star team after tallying 18 goals and 44 points in 68 GP. Last season however was not as good; Weber scored only 32 points in 65 GP and was a minus 5 in the 5 NHL games he played last season.

Aaron Palushaj: Palushaj was selected by the St. Louis Blues 44th overall in the 2007 entry draft and was acquired by the Habs in a deal for Matt D’Agostini. In 2008-09 Palushaj scored 50 points while playing for the University of Michigan which was good for 2nd in the CCHA. Last season Palushaj scored 32 points in 62 games between Peoria and Hamilton of the AHL.

Brendan Gallagher: Gallagher was selected by the Canadiens in the 5th round 147th overall in the 2010 entry draft. Gallagher was invited to Team Canada’s World Junior Summer Evaluation Camp this summer. Gallagher scored 41 goals and 81 points in 72 GP with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL last season, good for 16th in league scoring. Although Gallagher is small a 5’9’’ it’s hard to argue with his production.

Mathieu Carle: Carle was selected in the 2nd round 53rd overall in the 2006 entry draft. Due to injury Carle only played 31 games in the AHL last season scoring 5 goals and 15 points. Carle also played in 3 games for the Canadiens last season failing to record a point. Carle has all the tools to be a top 4 defenseman in the future for the Habs if he puts his mind to it as his focus is a question mark.

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