5 defensemen prospects Canadiens fans must know about in the 2024 NHL Draft

The Montreal Canadiens have some quality blueliners in their prospects pool, but it doesn’t mean they can’t grab more in the 2024 NHL Draft.
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Will Skahan, LD/USDP

So far in this slideshow, only Stian Solberg possesses ideal size, but Will Skahan changes that as the USDP product is already an incredible 6’4, 212 lbs, and he won’t turn 18 until mid-May. Look for him to go in the mid-second-round tops, but there is a better chance Skahan is there when the Habs are again on the clock in the late-second-round. 

Skahan is likely a stay-at-home blueliner at the pro level, whether his ceiling is ultimately on the third-pairing in the NHL or as a high-end AHL insurance policy. This isn’t assuming Skahan can’t take his game to greater heights, but as it stands, the third-pairing at the NHL is the likeliest role he will play once he’s ready to play at the highest level. 

But a lot can change in four seasons, and it’s something Skahan will seek to prove when he attends Boston College for the 2024-25 season. Like many prospects taking the collegiate route, Kent Hughes can snag Skahan, let him play for the Eagles from now until 2027-28, and re-evaluate. 

If you’re curious about Skahan’s best numbers, they came this past season in the 56 games he played with the U.S. National U18 Team, where he scored four goals and logged eight helpers. He also put up another six points and four goals in the 24 USHL games he played.