Montreal Canadiens Take Michael Hage 21st Overall In The 2024 NHL Draft

2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - First Round
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - First Round / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

The Montreal Canadiens got their scoring forward at fifth overall with the selection of Ivan Demidov. The question was if they would double up with their forwards or take a defenseman. By some good forwards dropping, the Habs' decision was made for them, as they took Michael Hage with the 21st overall pick.

Hage is a skilled center from the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He has some concerns at the defensive end, but for a team looking for offense Hage is the perfect selection. Hage is one of the best transition players in the draft, as he creates endless opportunities off the rush in the USHL. He had 32 goals and 44 assists last season, and will now play with the University of Michigan in the 2024-25 season.

Hage has one of the most heartwarming stories in the draft, as his Dad passed away tragically last year. His father was a huge part of his hockey career, and Hage's emotions were evident after getting drafted.

In a post-pick interview with Jeff Marek, Hage stated that the Canadiens were his favorite team growing up and would do anything to contribute to them in the future, making this the perfect scenario for Hage and the Canadiens.

It's always a concern that players won't report to their team from the NCAA and instead explore free agency. However, the early returns are that Hage will be interested in signing with the Canadiens when the time comes. It may not happen for a few years, as Hage must grow in all three zones before he is ready to play professionally.

Hage is entering a perfect situation in Michigan. Brandon Naurato is one of the best young coaches in hockey and will be the best gu get Hage ready for the next level. Canadiens fans should be excited for Hage's future.