Canadians: eleven new players … but only one from Quebec


The debate over Quebec and QMJHL players will always be present after a draft.

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Last year the Canadian drew four times in the Courteau circuit with the selections of Riley Kidney (2And tower), William Trudeau (4And tower), Joshua Roy (5And torre) and Xavier Simoneau (6And round).

A year later, in the first draft under the direction of Nick Bobrov and Martin Lapointe, the Habs did not undergo a miraculous catch with local products. Of the 11 players selected, only one is from QMJHL. This is 20-year-old defender Miguël Tourigny, 216And choice, in the seventh and final round.

” The timing it wasn’t there “

Asked by a colleague about choosing to go for center Owen Beck ahead of defenders Noah Warren and Tristan Luneau, two Anaheim Ducks second-round picks, Lapointe logically defended the organization’s decisions.

“It’s not like Beck won the bet,” Lapointe said. But as I said, Owen plays well over 200 feet. If you notice, in the first round there were several central and defenders. We wanted a center. He is a player who plays in the right way, he adapts to the profile of our team. This is what turned the balance upside down. “

“It has nothing to do with Quebec. We love them, we want them. But it doesn’t always work. the timing it wasn’t there. We had tried to advance to the first round. “

When we read between the lines, we can therefore deduce that the Habs had their eyes on center Nathan Gaucher, on the 22nd.And choice of the first round. Back to the Ducks.

A Franco-Ontario

It is not only Tourigny who speaks the language of Jean Béliveau in the choices of the Canadiens of 2022. The Cédrick Guindon wing, from Rockland in Ontario, is perfectly bilingual. He wore the colors of the Owen Sound Attack in OHL.

“It’s perfect, it’s a perfect day,” Guindon said. I am picked up from Montreal to Montreal! “

When he was younger, Guindon was a fan of the … Ottawa Senators.

Brief analyzes

Lapointe and Bobrov, director and co-director of amateur recruiting in Montreal, briefly analyzed the team’s 11 draft picks.

Here is a brief portrait of the new hopes of the CH.

1uh TURN – 1uh CHOICE

Juraj Slafkovsky

Left wing

  • GST Turku (Finland)
  • 6’4 ” | 229 lbs.
  • Born in Kosice, Slovakia

“A great striker. What he has done on the international stage, at his age, is very special. He wants to make a difference. It’s not perfect, but it will get better. “

– Martin Lapointe

1uh TOWER – 26And CHOICE

Philip Mesar

Right wing

  • Poprad (Slovakia)
  • 5 feet 10 inches | 174 lbs.
  • Born in Kezmarok, Slovakia

He grew up as a midfielder, but plays on the wing in the pros. He is very fast and skilled. He can skate, play games. He works tirelessly. “

– Nick Bobrov


Owen Beck


  • Mississauga (OHL)
  • 5 feet 11 inches | 187 lbs
  • Born in Port Hope, Ontario

“He’s playing right, over 200 feet. He was the best in the OHL in the group of signings, he is a mature player, fast, who plays and helps his defenders. “

– Martin Lapointe


Lane Hutson


  • United States U18 (NTDP)
  • 5 feet 8 inches | 158 lbs.
  • Born in Holland, Michigan

“He is considered the best defender of the American development program. He has a very interesting sense of hockey. He is the kind of defender hard to find. “

– Nick Bobrov


Vinzenz Rohrer


  • Ottawa (OHL)
  • 5 feet 10 inches | 167 lbs.
  • Born in Rankweil, Austria

“Play 200 feet. Pay attention to the details. Physically he will have to strengthen himself, but he is quite an athlete. He excels at everything he touches. “

– Martin Lapointe


Adam Engstrom

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left-handed defender

  • Djugardens Jr (Sweden)
  • 6’2 ” | 185 lbs.
  • Born in Jarna, Sweden

He played in a good organization and comes from a country that usually produces good defenders. He has the speed, the physique and is effective at protecting the puck. We like the development curve of him. “

– Nick Bobrov

4And TOWER – 127And CHOICE

Cedrick Guindon

Left wing

  • Owen Sound (OHL)
  • 5 feet 10 inches | 170 lbs.
  • Born in Rockland, Ontario

“We love his talent. It is explosive. He is not the greatest, but he reads the game very well. “

– Martin Lapointe

5And TOWER – 130And CHOICE

Jared Davidson

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  • Seattle (WHL)
  • 5 feet 11 inches | 179 lbs.
  • Born in Edmonton, Alberta

“In Seattle he was the engine of his youth team. He never stops working. He can score from anywhere. He plays like we play in the playoffs. “

– Nick Bobrov

6And TOWER – 162And CHOICE

Emmett Croteau

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  • Waterloo (USHL)
  • 6’3 “ | 195 lbs.
  • Born in Bonnyville, Alberta

“He is a great goalkeeper who moves well. He will go to Clarkson University, so it will give him time to develop. Our Guardian expert held him in the highest regard. “

– Nick Bobrov

7And TOWER – 194And CHOICE

Petteri Nurmi

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left-handed defender

  • HPK (Finland)
  • 6 feet | 167 lbs.
  • Born in Helsinki, Finland

“He’s a very mobile defender. He’s good for picking up pucks in the back of the track and in transition games. He needs to strengthen himself, but he’s already playing with men.”

– Martin Lapointe

7And TOWER – 216And CHOICE

Miguel Tourigny

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Right defender

  • Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
  • 5 feet 8 inches | 168 lbs.
  • Born in Victoriaville, Quebec

“A small defender, but skilled in attack. When I went to see him with the Armada, I thought he was a forward. He’s talented.”

– Martin Lapointe


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