Montreal Canadiens: Positional breakdown of the prospect pool to date

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Jesperi Kotkaniemi puts on a Montreal Canadiens jersey onstage after being selected third overall by the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Jesperi Kotkaniemi puts on a Montreal Canadiens jersey onstage after being selected third overall by the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Fleury was a standout on a very bad Ice team and was able to spread his wings a bit more when making the transition to Regina. He managed to hit 51 points this season where 41 of them were with the Pats. He’s also displayed a knack of knowing where his teammates are around him in the offensive zone making both long and short passes to keep the pressure going. The 19-year-old isn’t afraid to be more of a physical presence either throwing out some big hits that consequentially can take him out of position.

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Nevertheless, Fleury is in some respects an underrated defenceman in the system that could turn some heads once he moves on to the pros, whenever that is. He’s eligible to play right now but can’t without an entry-level contract. Both he and Brook have until June to get one before the Montreal Canadiens lose their rights, which shouldn’t be a problem.

The same can’t be said for Koberstein and Henrikson who are in one of the poorest positions to be in as a prospect: no man’s land. Koberstein managed to double his point total this season scoring one goal and 11 assists. But he’s better known for playing a quiet-conservative style focusing more on disrupting plays than setting them up.

This comes with his decent timing and disrupting passes with his stick or staying close to an attacking player and finishing them off with the body. Time is running out for him though as he’s entering his senior year at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Henrikson may be in an even worse position. He remained in the J20 SuperElit league in Sweden this time playing for Örebro HK. The 20-year-old had 7 points (all assists) but managed to get one game with the big club in the SHL. His future is still up in the air seeing as he doesn’t have a contract for next season.

Perhaps he gets an AHL contract allowing him to further his development in North America, but for now, it’s really cloudy for Henrikson.