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SenShot NHL Mock Draft Pick #25 – Montreal Canadiens


Up next with the 25th pick is a team that had a dramatic turnaround from last year, but obviously still has some holes to fill in their lineup.

 

#25 – MONTREAL CANADIENS

 

 

TEAM STRENGTHS:  Goaltending, top end defensemen

TEAM WEAKNESSES: size up front, depth on the blue line

HOCKEY’S FUTURE ORGANIZATIONAL PROSPECT RANK: 6th of 30 teams

UNDER CONSIDERATION:  Josh Morrisey, Andre Burakovsky, Laurent Dauphin, Valentin Zykov, Morgan Klimchuk

FANSIDED MOCK DRAFT PICK:  A Winning Habit selected Samuel Morin

 

SENSHOT’S CHOICE:   Valentin Zykov from Baie Comeau of the QMJHL.  Since no forward on the board really has great size to go with skill, the Habs would be best off drafting one of the more skilled forwards on the draft. Zykov was the CHL rookie of the year in putting up 40 goals and 75  points in the Q, to go with a +29 rating.

 

SENSHOT’S MOCK DRAFT TO DATE (click on team to view the selection):

PICK TEAM PICK
1 COLORADO Seth Jones, Portland (WHL)
2 FLORIDA Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)
3 TAMPA Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
4 NASHVILLE Valeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk 2 (KHL)
5 CAROLINA Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
6 CALGARY Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)
7 EDMONTON Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL)
8 BUFFALO Max Domi, London (OHL)
9 NEW JERSEY Alexsander Barkov, Tappera (FIN)
10 DALLAS Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)
11 PHILADELPHIA Zachary Furcale, Halifax (QMJHL)
12 PHOENIX Anthony Mantha, Val D’Or (QMJHL)
13 WINNIPEG Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SEL)
14 COLUMBUS Bo Horvat, London (OHL)
15 NYI Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL)
16 BUFFALO Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL)
17 OTTAWA Robert Hagg, Modo (SEL)
18 DETROIT Alexander Wennburg, Djurgardens (SEL)
19 COLUMBUS Samuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL)
20 SAN JOSE Kerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL)
21 TORONTO Rasmus Ristolainen, Turko (FIN)
22 CALGARY Nicolas Petan, Portland (WHL)
23 WASHINGTON Ryan Pulock, Brandon (WHL)
24 VANCOUVER Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
25 MONTREAL Valentin Zykov, Baie Comeau (QMJHL)

 

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