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The Montreal Canadiens Select Owen Protz 102nd Overall

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The Montreal Canadiens have made their fifth pick of the 2024 NHL Entry Draft, selecting defenceman Owen Protz.

Protz is a 6’1″, 190 lbs blue liner that spent parts of the 2023-24 season with the Sudbury Wolves and the Brantford Bulldogs. He finished the year with 3 goals and 16 assists in 66 games, not to mention his two assists in six playoff games.

He’s known for his truculent style of play, as well as his defensive acumen when defending the rush.


Montreal Canadiens Draft Pick Information And Pre-Draft Trades

The Montreal Canadiens owned 10 draft picks heading into the 2024 NHL Draft: 5th Overall, 21st overall (via Los Angeles), 70th overall, 78th overall (via Minnesota), 102nd overall, 130th overall (via San Jose), 134th overall, 166th overall, 210th overall (via Washington) and 224th overall (via Edmonton).

Prior to the draft the team owned 12 picks, but they swung a pre-draft trade with the Los Angeles Kings to improve their draft position. Montreal exchanged the 26th overall pick (via Winnipeg), the 57th overall pick (via Colorado) and the 198th overall pick for the 21st overall pick. Seeing as the Habs already own an impressive prospect pool, as well as plenty of draft capital, it’s the type of trade that fans were hoping to see prior to the draft taking place. Simply put, it’s a matter of quality over quantity for the Canadiens, both for picks and prospects.

The team used the fifth overall pick to select a very talented forward, Ivan Demidov., considered the second-best talent available in 2024. He immediately becomes the most talented and most important player in their prospect pool, which is important seeing as the Canadiens already own one of the best prospect pools in the NHL.

They followed it up by selecting USHL standout Michael Hage, a well-rounded forward that should bring depth, intelligence, and speed to their transition game.

Any way you cut it, the Habs enjoyed a rather successful first round at the 2024 NHL Entry Draft.

If you would like to learn more about the state of the Montreal Canadiens rebuild we invite you to take a look at our ‘State Of The Rebuild‘ series which was published following the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.

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Tyrone

If Askarov is available for trade, we HAVE to utilize our depth to grab this guy! He’s immediately the best goalie we’d have and his age fits our rebuild perfectly. Get it done HuGo!!!!

Dana

I agree, he’s arguably the best goalie outside the nhl and likely to be one of the best inside as well.

I’d give our first in 2026 and either a second in 2025 or add Harris or Kovacevic or Strubble to get him.

I think we might be fine in the crease without him but it’s the most critical position so why risk it? If Fowler or Dobes or Miller etc become really great prospects, we have a nice problem.

Tyrone

I have no problem offering either of our 2025 1st rounders (lottery protected) or any one of Harris, Struble or Barron, plus any of the spare parts in Laval. If we’re lucky, maybe they would take Dvorak or Armia as part of the deal too. They’re looking for NHL players.