Hello all! I apologize for the absence in the last couple of weeks as I’ve had to deal with both family stuff and work and school, but I’ll be back and posting more than ever about the best junior league in the world. So here we go.
The Montreal Canadiens are a storied franchise no doubt, but they rarely pick players for the OHL. This could be for a few reasons. They like their french players(go figure), and they also like picking players from over seas. However they are starting to warm up to the OHL, and have taken players like Alex Galchenyuk, Jared Tinordi, and P.K Subban. However now, they have 3 quite promising prospects in the OHL who could see themselves making their way into the Montreal lineup as early as next season.
Brady Vail – Windsor Spitfire – Centre
Brady Vail is a decent sized forward who can score goals and produce lots of points. He has twice hit the 50-point mark in the OHL, and is on pace for 80 this year, and 30 goals on the season. Although this doesn’t always transfer over to skill in the NHL, the way that Vail plays is something that should get Montreal fans excited. How do I know this? I am a Montreal fan and seeing some of the things this kid does are unreal. I don’t see him playing for the Habs next season, but that will give him another year in the OHL, which has proven to only help players. At 6’1, 190LBS, he is fair sized in comparison to other Montreal players, and will only get bigger as time progresses. He also isn’t afraid to drop the gloves if needed, which is something the Canadiens need.
Connor Crisp – Sudbury Wolves – Centre
Connor Crisp is a little bit of everything you would want in a hockey player. He can score goals, he’s big, he’s fast, and he isn’t scared to shed the mitts for a team mate. Did I mention he played goalie once against the league leading Niagara Icedogs? Sure he let 13 goals in, but he did it for his team, and got first star of the game. He is now twice a 20 goal scorer in the OHL, which isn’t bad if you consider the teams he’s played on. Last year he was on the league worst Erie Otters, and had a point on almost 20% of the teams goals, not bad if you ask me. This year, he has 24 goals(as of February 20th 2014) on a very defensive Sudbury Wolves team. At 6’2, 220 pounds, he isn’t a small body either, and will throw hits if he needs to get his team into the game. Only downside to his game is that he often goes over the edge and takes a lot of penalties.
Michael Mccarron – London Knights – Right Wing
For year, Montreal’s fans have complained about their team being too small. Not tough enough. Too easy to push around. Michael Mccarron is the answer to that problem. At 6’6, 238 pounds, Mccarron is about 1 foot taller than the average Habs player, and about 100 pounds heavier. Recently I got the chance to see Mccarron play in person in Oshawa, and was he ever intimidating. He is by no means scared to fight, having 7 fights already this season, and not losing a single one. He was Montreal’s first round pick this past draft, and for good reason. Also, going from the US U18 team to the Memorial Cup-bound London Knights will only help him. He had a very slow start to the season, but has picked it up with 12 points in his last 11 games. He is certainly heating up and is the type of player Montreal fans have been waiting to see for years.
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