The Montreal Canadiens grabbed the steal of the NHL Draft in round one when they took Cole Caufield who fell into their laps. They made some more interesting selections with their last few picks.
The Montreal Canadiens started out the 2019 NHL Draft by grabbing an excellent goal scorer in Cole Caufield. He will help them provide offence, especially on the power play in the near future. For now, he will go light up the NCAA for Wisconsin.
After taking Caufield, the Canadiens decided to fill an organizational need. They used their second round and both their third round picks to bring in left shooting defensemen. This is an area that the team could use help with immediately, but also needed to stock the cupboards with a few as well.
Their second round pick was Jayden Struble. He is an American prep school grad who is off to Northeastern University, where he could possibly form a formidable duo with fellow Habs prospect Jordan Harris.
In the third round, the Canadiens grabbed left shooting defender Mattias Norlinder from Sweden. Thirteen picks later, they took, you guessed it, left shooting defender Giovanni Fairbrother who plays for the Everett Silvertips.
None of the aforementioned picks were off the board. There were some other good value picks around when the Canadiens selected, but they mostly took players that were ranked right around where they eventually were selected. They ended up with an elite goal scoring winger and a trio of defensemen who fill a very specific need in the future.
Things got, umm, shall we say, interesting a little later in the draft. After trading their fourth round pick, and selecting Jacob LeGuerrier as well as Rhett Pitlick in the fifth round, they began to go way off the board.
Let’s take a closer look at the last four picks the Montreal Canadiens made, as they were by far the most interesting of day two.