The Montreal Canadiens continue to add talented prospects in the second round of the NHL draft after grabbing hulking winger Michael McCarron in the first round.
The Habs held the 34th and 36th overall picks from deals last season with the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames, as well as their own 55th overall selection.
The Canadiens used their first pick of the round on Jacob de la Rose who played for Leksands in the Swedish Elite League. He is described as a two way center that is a safe pick according to many scouts. They claim he is safe because he is good enough defensively to play in the National Hockey League, it is just a question of whether he can bring any offense to the table in the best league in the world.
With the 36th pick, Montreal somewhat surprisingly were the first team to use a pick on a goaltender. That being said, Fucale is an excellent goaltender for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Fucale is a native of Rosemere, Quebec and has been a fan of the Canadiens since he was a young boy. He became the starter for the Mooseheads when he was only 16, and this past season backstopped them to a nearly flawless 16-1 postseason record before winning the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon.
Montreal’s final pick of the third round came at 55th overall and they used it to select Artturi Lehkonen. Lehkonen is a bit of an undersized winger with plenty of skill, who was able to post 30 points in 45 games with Kalpa in Finland’s best league.