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The Montreal Canadiens Select Tyler Thorpe 130th Overall



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The Montreal Canadiens have made their sixth pick of the 2024 NHL Entry Draft, selecting right winger Tyler Thorpe.

Thorpe is a 6’5″ forward who scored 23 goals and 21 assists in 51 games for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL last season. He wasn’t rated highly by many pre-draft outlets, but it’s important to note that the giant who plays for the Giants possesses a slick style of player for someone with his frame.

His net-front positioning, in particular, was a significant boon for Vancouver. He’s not expected to make the jump to professional hockey any time soon, which means the Habs will have plenty of time to evaluate his long term professional value in the next few seasons.

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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Big forward, I like that. Having a player that size in front of the other net can make good things happen. Good to add a huge guy to the prospect pool, even when they aren’t too physical they are hard to take off the puck, and make defencemen miserable trying to clear the front of the net.