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  1. HabsWorld Podcast thread

    The newest HabsWorld podcast is now online. Episode #60 [the Jose Theodore edition] covers a number of Habs topics and a few non-Habs ones too. As always, we enjoy your comments, so feel free to leave us feedback [bad and good] either here, on the iTunes page, or the podOmatic website. http://www.habsworld.net/2018/07/habsworld-podcast-episode-60/
  2. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    I think that's due to his skating, which is rated as either average or below average. Poor acceleration, especially for a smaller forward. Mind you that's something he can work hard on to improve somewhat. I think he has a fairly high ceiling due to his other skills being so good.
  3. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    I knew that was going to happen. Not the Minnesota part, just that he would be drafted just after I mentioned I was surprised he was still around.
  4. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Oh you mean Khovanov? Yeah I'm surprised he hasn't been taken so far. But missing half a season [due to hepatitis from a trip to the Caribbean] means he wasn't as exposed to the visiting scouts.
  5. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    They also compared him to Andrew Shaw.
  6. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    On the NHL Network, they said Harris scored first in the dreaded VO2 Max test! Nice!!
  7. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Yeah I agree. His compete level makes me think about Gallagher, another smurf. I'm not anti-smurf by the way because if he can help the Habs, then I am on board.
  8. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    After I complain about a lack of CHL picks, they select Cameron Hillis from the OHL. A speedster offensive smurf but he's a center.
  9. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Yeah I agree. There were a number of decent CHL picks they could have considered taking, just to jumble up the geographic area where they are selecting. So far it's all Europeans.
  10. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Ugh. They traded down to a 3rd round pick and a 5th round pick??
  11. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Definitely a good pick. He will be a pro player but I'm not sure if his offensive game will go up a notch, or if he'll just remain a good defensive player. He's in a similar position to Jacob De La Rose, but I'm not saying he'll become the same player as JDLR.
  12. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Why ? Did you not want Montreal to draft him?
  13. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    The Romanov pick seems to me like a reach since he was rated much lower. Bode Wilde would have been a safer pick there. I do like the Ylonen selection though.
  14. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Unless of course Bergevin trades some of those picks. I'm excited to see who they pick with all of those 2nd & 3rd round picks. One kid that I'm hoping they draft is Jake Wise, a small-ish center but stocky, with good hockey sense, playmaking ability and a great defensive game. He's rated anywhere from the mid-2nd round to 3rd round depending on the draft guides.
  15. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    After hearing Timmins mention the ACL surgery Kotkaniemi had over a year ago, something makes much more sense now. He had a below average first half of the season, then came on in the second half. Some draft guides/gurus were questioning his skating ability, but that was probably indicative of the after effects of the surgery, since it takes at least 6-12 months for a full recovery. We've all seen pro players go through that surgery and they always play at less than 100% for the last half of that period.
  16. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Yeah I agree. They must have really wanted a center.
  17. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    No, I just assumed you were in Dallas.
  18. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Well it's official. Welcome to Montreal Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
  19. 2018 NHL Entry Draft Thread

    Dalhabs, I thought you would be at the draft??
  20. 2018 draft thread

    Latest Max rumour going to LA. https://www.habsolumentfan.com/canadiens/max-pacioretty-pourrait-etre-echange-dans-les-prochaines-heures
  21. According to a recent TSN article, the Sharks are planning on signing Evander Kane, and pay him around $7M per season; San Jose was one of the teams rumoured to be interested in signing Tavares. That would eat up a big chunk of their available cap space and would take them out of the JT sweepstakes. So either they believe Tavares will stay with the Islanders, or they think he's interested in signing with another team. I would love to see the Habs sign Tavares, but I am doubtful Montreal is his key destination. Paul Stastny is a possible signee for the Habs if they overpay to get him. Since the Habs do not have a true #1 or #2 center, Stastny would at least fit the second slot role. https://www.tsn.ca/off-season-watch-is-kane-worth-7-million-1.1093762
  22. Dudley Joins Carolina

    I just noticed on the Habs Operations page, Dudley was listed as the "Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations". I forgot Dudley was a VP; I thought he was an assistant GM. If that means this was a lateral move, then that's a slap in the face to Bergevin and the Habs. But like Bergevin says, "if you want loyalty, buy a dog". https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/team/hockey-operations
  23. Dudley Joins Carolina

    I am not surprised as I heard rumours about this back on April 28. Dudley is known to be a smart hockey person and recognizes the hole Bergevin has created. His contract was going to expire on July 1st so he's jumped ship early for a better position and before the ship goes down. If the Habs have a similarly bad season again next year, how likely would Bergevin and his team keep their jobs in the spring of 2019?
  24. 2018 NHL Draft Lottery

    When it comes down to deciding between Zadina and Svechnikov, I lean towards the latter for a few reasons. He has a 2" size advantage which is very helpful when stepping up to the NHL. His production was impressive considering he came back from an injury that cost him over 2 dozen games. His offensive numbers are similar to Zadina's but it was earned in a junior league that is known to be better defensively, so one can make the argument he really earned his points. Although Zadina is a good skater, Svechnikov is at an elite skating level. Both players are somewhat lacking defensively, but so was Ovechkin as a junior age player. I am hoping Carolina chooses Zadina for whatever reason they like [anti-Russian bias, connection to prospect Martin Necas] to leave Svechnikov available at #3 for the Habs. If that doesn't happen and the Habs decide to choose Zadina I will be ok with that selection, but I suspect he is less NHL ready than Svechnikov is at this time.
  25. Habs sign Alexandre Alain

    I don't have an issue with signing this kid, but the odds are really against him making it to the NHL. He's going to need to take the slow development path with time likely spent in the ECHL. The same applies to Habs free agent signee Hayden Verbeek. Mitch Brown from The Athletic wrote an excellent article on this topic back in late March and focused on Hayden Verbeek. The Leafs are reportedly on the verge of signing 26 year old Swedish center Par Lindholm, which is disappointing news to me as a Habs fan. I am using this comparison since Lindholm is also an undrafted prospect at center, but with his age and experience of playing against men in the SHL [Sweden's highest pro league] for the past 4 seasons, then he's a less riskier prospect to become an NHL pro player than Alain. The Leafs have been drafting and signing more Swedish players under Shanahan/Lamoriello so that may have been a more attractive feature for Lindholm choosing the Leafs, assuming other NHL teams were also interested in him and talking to his agent. https://www.tsn.ca/report-leafs-to-sign-swedish-c-lindholm-1.1071962