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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Trevor Connelly, LW/Tri-City

While Trevor Connelly doesn’t have USDP credentials, he still played well with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm, and he should continue to build on the uptick in his productivity from this past season when he attends Providence College. Like every prospect listed, Connelly averaged well over a point per game, with 78 and 31 goals in 52 contests, a 31-point increase from last season despite playing in five fewer games. 

Connelly is also the kind of player who probably wouldn’t go to the Habs if they had the fifth overall pick, but he would make sense in the same way as Greentree - should Montreal pick somewhere around seventh overall AND Connelly does enough to increase his stock before the big weekend. 

He would also be a few seasons from playing hockey beyond the NCAA, so the Canadiens wouldn’t reap benefits as quickly if they drafted Connelly. But with a significant improvement in productivity, plus the fact he has quite the frame to grow into, Connelly is one of those players who may be worth the wait. 

Overall, there are quite a few players Canadiens fans must get to know for the 2024 NHL Draft, and we are just breaking ground. It won’t be long until we cover blueliners, goaltenders, and even potential draft steals for the upcoming event. 

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(Statistics provided by Elite Prospects)