On paper, Montreal Canadiens do not look like they have any spots left on their roster for the upcoming season. But, Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin have a different mentality then we what we used to have in Montreal: players are the ones making their decisions. What is this suppose to mean? If a player isn’t playing great or another is playing better, they make the decisions upon this. Work ethic, results and discipline is all about Montreal Canadiens in 2015-2016. Even if they added Alexander Semin, Zack Kassian, Bryan Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Mark Barberio to the team’s payroll, no one have a guaranteed spot. And that gives a possible chance to any top prospect within the organization to play with the Habs. Here are the top 5 prospects that could make the team this year:
#5 – Charles Hudon – Left Wing – 5’10 184 pounds
Charles was born in Alma, Québec (Canada) in 1994. The 5th round pick (122th total) in 2012 played 3 seasons with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens before being traded for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Last year, Hudon played his first full season with the Hamilton Bulldogs and finished with 57 points in 75 games played. He ended 22th in the AHL in term of points, second for rookies and played in the All-Star Game where he scored 3 goals and 1assist (most points for a rookie that year).
#4 – Tim Bozon – Left Wing – 6’1 207 pounds
Tim was born in Lugano, Switzerland in 1994. The 3rd round pick (64th total) in 2012 is a real fighter. In 2014, he fought for his life after being diagnosed from Neisseria Meningitis and he did win that battle. Last season, he ended with 72 points in 64 games played with the Kootenay Ice in the WHL. This year will be his first full season with the St. John’s IceCap unless he proves he is ready for NHL at the camp.
#3 – Sven Andrighetto – Right Wing – 5’9 186 pounds
Sven was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1993. The 3rd round pick (86th total) in 2013 is one of the few who has already tasted a bit of NHL games with the Canadiens. Last year with Monreal, he scored 2 goals and 1assist in 12 games. He also did 42 points in 60 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
#2 – Mike McCaron – Right Wing – 6’5 225 pounds
Mike was born in Macomb, Michigan (USA) in 1995. The 1st round pick (25th total) in 2013 proved last season why Montreal Canadiens wanted him so badly. 86 points in 77 games played in the OHL is a great improvment compared to 2012 where he cumulated 39 points in 77 games. Mike is not only a scorer, he’s also a big guy. With his 6’5 status, he is already turning every head around at the Montreal Canadiens camp.
#1 – Nikita Scherbak – Left Wing – 6’2 195 pounds
Nikita was born in Moscow, Russia in 1995. The 1st round pick (26th total) in 2014 already killed the WHL with 90 points in 76 games (+33) last season with the Everett Silvertips. This year will be his first professional year with the St.John’s IceCap. But let’s be honest, Scherbak has one goal in mind: playing with the Montreal Canadiens.