Top 5 forward prospects for Canadiens fans to know about in the 2024 NHL Draft

The 2024 NHL Draft will be rich with talent at forward, so who are the top five names that Canadiens fans must know about?
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Berkly Catton, F/Spokane

Berkly Catton is one of the most entertaining prospects in the NHL Draft, having finished the season with 54 goals and 116 points in 68 regular season games while playing for the Spokane Chiefs. Catton put together a respectable campaign in 2022-23 when he had 55 points and 23 goals, so to completely dominate the WHL landscape this season and more than double his points total is nothing short of incredible. 

This makes you wonder what Catton can bring next season when he should aim for a floor of two points per game and give whatever organization takes him hope that he can at least earn a trial during the 2025-26 season. It would be tough to see him seeing any time in the NHL this year, given his lack of size of just 5’11 and 163 lbs, but you also never know.

Something like it occurring wouldn’t be unheard of, as Zach Benson of the Buffalo Sabres earned himself a full NHL season, and he’s currently listed at 5’9, 163 lbs. It’s also worth noting that Catton produced at a higher rate this season than Benson did in 2022-23, so the door should at least be open. 

Realistically, should he end up with the Habs, expect Catton to play another season in Spokane, perhaps get an outside chance with the big club in 2025-26, then snag a guaranteed spot in 2026-27.