Montreal Canadiens Select Kaiden Guhle in First Round of 2020 NHL Draft

The Montreal Canadiens added a future mainstay with the 16th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

The Montreal Canadiens were supposed to host the 2020 NHL Draft way back in June. They had to wait a few extra months to make their selection, but it became official when they selected Kaiden Guhle.

When the NHL season was paused, it looked like the Habs were going to end up with the 9th overall pick, but a surprising series victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the play-in round moved them back in the draft.

That left them moving down in the draft a wee bit, but the added playoff experience is worth it for the young team. Especially when they still end up with a solid prospect like Guhle.

Guhle played in the Western Hockey League last season for the Prince Albert Raiders. He is a big, left shot defenceman who plays physical and can put up a few points. He had 11 goals and 40 points in 69 games last season. Guhle is a nasty defender and at over 6’2″ and close to 190 pounds, he will bring some snarl to the Montreal Canadiens lineup. Though he is large, he is also a great skater.

The Canadiens are already deep on left defence, so it is obvious that general manager Marc Bergevin was excited for this player.

The Canadiens will be busy tomorrow as the NHL Draft continues with rounds two through seven. They once held as many as 14 picks in this draft, but traded away one for Joel Edmundson, two more for Jake Allen and another earlier today in the Josh Anderson, Max Domi trade.

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Still, they have nine more selections tomorrow and will look to add to their prospect pool starting with three picks in the second round.