Pardon the pun. With their second selection at the 2016 Draft in the third round (70th overall), the Montreal Canadiens have selected Will Bitten, a five-foot ten-inches centre from the Flint Firebirds of the OHL.
Bitten, who was ranked 47th on TSN list, is a dynamic right-handed centre who played for a terrible Flint team last year.
A smart offensive catalyst that consistently displays outstanding work ethic, elite hockey sense, and an ability to stay ahead of the play in all three zones. Very naturally gifted skater who moves around the ice with ease. Excels in pressure situations and uses his vision to predict where the puck is going to be, and proactively gets his body into a position where he can either take it away or take off up the ice. Offensively, he has a very creative streak, and knows what kinds of plays he can make in all situations; he also has an exceptional release on his shot, which he can get off quickly. Defensively, he is a buzzsaw that will not let up on the opposition, creating problems for them by causing turnovers and playing strong positionally. Will Bitten has all of the tools to become a very dangerous two-way forward that can produce strong numbers at the next level. [EP]
Follow him on Twitter: @WillBitten14
It’s been a long time since the Canadiens have made the news, being out of the playoffs for a few months already and fans were in need of some positive news. Marc Bergevin started the draft with a bang, completing not one, but two trades before the second selection was made by the Winnipeg Jets.
The Columbus Blue Jackets threw a wrench in Habs’ fans hopes to see the team trade up to acquire local sensation Pierre-Luc Dubois when they caused a surprise when they selected him third overall.
We had to wait for the Canadiens’ turn to speak and with the likes of Tyson Jost and Logan Brown available, Trevor Timmins surprised more than a few by selecting Windsor Spitfire’s outstanding Russian defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Standing at 6-foot 2-inches and 220 lbs, the mobile two-way defenseman seems like a force to recon with. Time will tell how he develops but the future seems very bright for the young man.
A dominant two-way defenceman whose tenacity and competitiveness characterize his style of play. Plays with a poise and confidence that facilitates his creativity with the puck as well as split-second decision making. Naturally fluid skater who is always looking to be engaged, if not the center, of each unfolding play. All-in-all, a diligent two-way defenceman who excels at finding ways to be a difference-maker in games. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
Here is an interview Sergachev had with Bob Stauffer after fitness testing at the 2016 NHL Scouting Combine earlier this month, as well as a highlight video showing what Habs’ fans can expect to see when he’s ready to make the jump to the NHL. Enjoy. You can give him a follow on Twitter as well, @sergachev31.
Well we didn’t have to wait very long to see that Marc Bergevin was serious about making some chances to his line-up. Immediately after the Maple Leafs selected Auston Matthews, Gary Bettman took the stage to announce two trades involving the Montreal Canadiens.
Lars Eller has been rumoured to be available for quite some time now and he has now found a new home. Andrew Shaw, on the other hand, was very well liked in Chicago but the team is so tight against their salary cap that they simply couldn’t find room financially to sign him.
Are the Habs done? Stay tuned…