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Montreal canadiens potential draft pick Macklin Celebrini

Here’s all the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed on Wednesday.

Habs News

  • Top prospect Macklin Celebrini was dominant for Team Canada at the 2024 World Juniors. He recorded a goal and four assists in Canada’s 10-0 win over Latvia. Reminder: Celebrini will be available at the upcoming Draft, though he won’t be available after the first team makes their selection.

  • Owen Beck was held scoreless in the game, though he had a decent game, overall. A third-period breakaway was not enough to register his name on the scoresheet.
  • Montreal Canadiens prospect Filip Mesar registered a primary assist in Slovakia’s 3-0 win over Switzerland. It was a quiet game for Mesar, at least compared to his excellent outing in the first game of the tournament, but his primary assist on the empty-net goal was still nice to see. [Mesar Stars In First GameAt World Juniors]


  • Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘not bad’ meme, featuring Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis.

  • Nick Suzuki is excited to play some meaningful hockey after the holiday break. We have to keep in mind he’s a competitive player who doesn’t like losing, therefore the rebuild weighs heavily on his mind.

National Hockey Now Network

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins are officially five points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot. Reading the tea leaves and winning percentages becomes a different matter. The Penguins trail the Tampa Bay Lightning by five with three games in hand, but from there, it gets quite messy. The cutoff date to decide whether they’ll be sellers at the NHL’s trade deadline is quickly approaching. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • The New Jersey Devils returned to the ice this morning ahead of their third tilt of the season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The first player on the ice for New Jersey was goaltender Nico Daws. Just prior to this practice, the Devils announced they recalled Daws from the AHL Utica Comets. To fill the void left in Utica, the Comets recalled Jeremey Brodeur from the Adirondack Thunder. Is there a goaltender trade in the works? [New Jersey Devils]
  • Should the Boston Bruins stand pat on what could be a busier-than-usual NHL trade market in January and leading into the March 8 NHL trade deadline? [Boston Bruins]