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Habs Daily: Lane Hutson At Frozen Four, Suzuki And Slafkovsky



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Here are the Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed from yesterday.


  • Top Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson scored a goal and an assist in Boston University’s big 6-3 win over RIT at the NCAA’s Frozen Four tournament. This means he matched his production from his rookie season, with 48 points, albeit he did it in three fewer games.

  • The CHL playoffs also got underway on Thursday. Canadiens prospect Owen Beck earned three assists in Saginaw’s 6-4 win versus Owen Sound. Fellow Habs prospect Cedrick Guindon scored the opening goal for the Attack.


  • The Habs hosted the 2024 USports National Women’s Hockey Champions, the Concordia Stingers, on Thursday night.




  • Slafkovsky extended his point streak to nine games, but the youngest player in the lineup was more interested in discussing Suzuki’s excellent play this season, which includes the 24-year-old setting a career-high in goals (30) and points (69).


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  • Philadelphia Flyers goalie “prospect” Ivan Fedotov is believed to be returning to play for the Flyers. The first logistical obstacle in allowing that to happen is that the NHL will need to unsuspend the final year of Fedotov’s entry-level contract. CSKA Moscow terminated Fedotov’s KHL contract with them earlier on Thursday, and the IIHF had previously sanctioned both CSKA and Fedotov for violating the contract the 27-year-old already signed with the Flyers. [Philadelphia Flyers]

  • It’s not that the Pittsburgh Penguins are disappointed, in any way, with what they’ve gotten from Michael Bunting since they acquired him from Carolina in the Jake Guentzel trade. Quite the opposite, actually. They wanted a guy who would go hard to the net and have no qualms about hanging around there. Who not only would venture into high-traffic, high-contact areas but could thrive there. Who could, in the right setting, be counted on to contribute 20 or so goals over the course of a season? [Pittsburgh Penguins]

  • It’s safe to say the end of Vitek Vanecek’s tenure with the New Jersey Devils ended poorly. Vanecek went from being the starting goaltender on a 112-point Devils team in 2022-23 to an unreliable netminder who turned in one of the worst goaltending performances thus far in 2023-24. General manager Tom Fitzgerald needed a goaltending solution, and in hindsight, he probably needed to find it sooner. [New Jersey Devils]
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Its very interesting…

If you look at “re-draft” boards for the 2022 NHL draft, we have about as follows:

  • Split between Slaf and Cooley as #1 pick,
  • Lane Hudson would be 1st rd between about #5 to #10
  • Owen Beck would be 1st rd between about #22 to #25
  • Engstrom would be a 2nd rd pick, not late 3rd.

This 2022 draft could turn out to be a haul for the Habs.

Even the 2021 “redraft” boards show Roy at a borderline 1st/2nd rd pick, and 2020 Farrell at a 3rd rd pick.

Tons of great prospects…next year or two should be interesting!


Who would take Cooley over Slafkovsky? 5-10 vs 6-03 – 174 lbs vs 230!


crosby is only around 5-10…


As is Bedard…5-ft 10.


I’m very content with Slavovsky although it’s nice to see Cooley with a hat trick last night and showing that he is rightfully a top offensive guy for them. Slav will be a beast for us for a dozen or more years, nice to have his size especially if we land a demidov or Catton who are sized like Cooley. Petterson, Jack and Quinn Hughes kucherov panarin and lots of others are similarly sized, so it’s not a liability but it’s better to have a balanced lineup.

Nice job on the redraft recap. Bet the oilers would trade Borgeualt(22 overall) for Roy in a heartbeat!