Montreal Canadiens 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapmontrealWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

August 17, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Montreal Canadiens in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
2926JUULSEN, NoahLD4/2/19976.01.5174EverettWHL
NA87VEJDEMO, LukasC1/25/19966.02194DjurgardensSweE
NA131BRADLEY, MatthewC/LW1/22/19975.11.25187Medicine HatWHL
190177BOURQUE, SimonLD1/12/19976.00.25184RimouskiQMJHL
164207ADDISON, JeremiahRW10/21/19965.11.75182OttawaOHL
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Montreal Canadiens in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Noah Juulsen (ISS Ranked #29 in 2015, Overall drafted #26 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Juulsen came on very strong in the latter stage of the season and elevated himself to be in the 1st round discussion. The workhorse, impact defender plays a solid two-way game with notable leadership qualities as he leads the way with his work ethic. He is a defender you win with and will have an impactful season with Everett as well as a strong possibility he will be suting up for Canada at the World Juniors.

Nikita Scherbak (ISS Ranked #27 in 2014, Overall drafted #26 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Scherbak made an impact in his return to the WHL as he joined recent 1st round pick Juulsen in Everett. Scherbak has an intriguing combination of highend offensive instincts and strong skill-set as well as bringing a gritty game off the puck. Expect a steady start for him this season with St. John’s in the AHL as he continues to harness his game in developmental stages, the Canadiens know what they have in Scherbak and will benefit being patient.

Alex Galchenyuk (ISS Ranked #14 in 2012, Overall drafted #3 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Although there hasn’t been as rapid development as the Canadiens would have liked in Galchenyuk’s game since 2012, there is no doubt he remains the future of the offense in Montreal for the foreseeable future. Although facing some injury woes in his draft year the Canadiens scouting staff knew what Alex brought to the table and jumped at the opportunity as he fell out of the top 2. A potential game-changer in the making.

BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:

Brendan Gallagher (ISS Ranked #NR in 2010, Overall drafted #147 in 2010 NHL Draft) – There is no doubt the Canadiens hit a homerun in 2010 when they selected in your face, character forward Gallagher in the 5th round. With size being the only major flaw in his game, Brendan has made many scouts eat their words as he is one of the most competitive and gritty forwards in the NHL. He is a player that you want on your team when things get tough as he seems to be the one to rise to the occasion.

“An area where Montreal has drafted incredibly well in the recent years has been bringing in speed, character and 200ft reliability at all positions”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “The most recent 1st round selection Juulsen is another example of this, he exudes character and work ethic as he leads from the blueline. The Canadiens have put together a well-rounded prospect pool as they continue to build with the likes of Fucale, Tinordi, Juulsen, de la Rose, Hudon, Lehkonen, McCarron and Scherbak to name a few. With Subban and Beaulieu still young in their careers on the backend and Thomas, Smith-Pelly, Gallagher, Galchenyuk solidifying themselves into the roster, there is no doubt brighter days ahead in Montreal… Not to mention having a 27 year old Hart Trophy winner between the pipes.”

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