THE SELECTION TABLE
After the excitement of round one, the 32 NHL teams return to their respective tables on Friday for rounds 2 through 7 of the draft.
The CH was the first to speak when action resumed, reaching out to center Owen Beck of the Mississauga Steelheads.
Beck is a 5-foot-11, 187 lbs right-hander. In his rookie season in the OHL, he had 51 points in 68 games.
“I remember jokingly asking people at sports camp if they’d rather be last on lap one or first on lap two,” Beck said. Nobody had a good answer.
“It’s a great feeling,” he added after admitting he was a little disappointed late Thursday night when he returned to the hotel without a call-up.
Beck, who is 5-foot-11, had 21 goals and 30 assists in 68 games last season. He was recently named the Canadian Hockey League’s Outstanding Student Player.
“Coming back to hockey after an entire season canceled by the pandemic, I had to learn to manage my schedule well,” Beck said. It’s challenging, but I think it’s allowed me to lay a solid foundation for my future. »
With their 62nd selection overall, the Habs then turned to American defender Lane Hutson from the U18 development program.
Hutson is a small back known for his impressive offensive skills. He will compete with Boston University in the NCAA next season.
The Chicago native had 63 points in 60 games last winter.
The Montrealers spoke next in Season 75 after trading the 66th pick as part of the deal that brought Kirby Dach to Metropolis.
Kent Hughes and his scouts used their 75th overall win to win another OHL center in Ottawa 67’s Vinzenz Rohrer.
Rohrer is a childhood friend of Marco Rossi, the ninth overall pick of the 2020 Minnesota Wild, and like him, he chose the ’67s to continue his development toward the NHL.
At the end of Round 3, it was Swedish left-hander Adam Engstrom who was voted onto the Canadian’s staff.
Engstrom, who is 6ft 2 tall, played for Djurgardens’ junior side this season, scoring eight goals and providing 20 assists
A Franco-Ontarian product was the CH’s target at number 127, for the first of two selections within moments, with the addition of Owen Sound Attack’s Cedrick Guindon.
Guindon, who hails from Rockland, Ontario, scored 30 goals and 29 assists in his rookie season in the OHL.
CH then set the tone for Round 5 by selecting center Jared Davidson from the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western League.
Davidson, who turned 20 on Thursday, was a prolific goalscorer in his fourth season in the WHL, scoring 42 goals in the regular season and another 13 in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Hughes has traded with the Vegas Golden Knights, sending the 128th overall pick for a 4th round selection at the 2023 auction.
A goaltender was then included in the Montreal cohort at number 162, while Emmett Croteau, an Alberta goaltender who works in the USHL, was claimed at number 162.
The CH finished their draft with two 7th-round picks and ended their working weekend by trying their luck with 20-year-old Finnish defenseman Petteri Nurmi in 194th pick, picking Quebec defenseman Migüel Tourigny from the ‘Acadie-Bathurst titans . in 216th place.
Tourigny, 20, is an attacking defender who has scored 31 goals in his fourth season at the Courteau Circuit.
He averaged 80 points in his 65 games with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Titan.
More details to come
Lane Hutson in sound and vision
Vinzenz Rohrer in sound and image
Jared Davidson in sound and vision
Cedrick Guindon in sound and vision