2024 NHL Mock Draft 1.0 has the Montreal Canadiens taking an elite scorer

The Montreal Canadiens get a top-five pick yet again, and now, it’s time to speculate how general manager Kent Hughes will use that selection.
2024 Kubota CHL Top Prospects Game
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Round 4: Jack Berglund, C/Färjestad BK J18

Jack Berglund is another big player and a versatile one, meaning there is a lot he can do for the organization he ends up playing for at forward. His ideal path would be to spend two full seasons in the SHL, then make the trip to North America - Laval, if he ends up with the Habs, as was the case in this scenario. 

Round 5: Lukas Matecha, G/Tri-City Americans

Across the first four rounds, I had yet to take a goaltender, and I’m always adamant about drafting at least one in each of these scenarios. Like many players already selected, Lukas Matecha has the size you want from a pro-caliber prospect, and he should make a jump in productivity for the upcoming season. 

Round 5B: Frankie Marrelli, D/Ottawa 67’s

While it’s ideal to take players with pro-caliber excellent size, it’s by no means a requirement. But the 5’11, 185-pound Frankie Marelli still boasts a decent build. With 25 points and nine goals in 60 regular season games during his first season in the OHL, there is a good chance his game evolves tenfold over the next few years, giving him draft steal potential.