An error made during the last draft is already coming back to haunt the Canadiens

Published May 17, 2023 at 10:55

Although the draft is an inexact science, and it is still too early to definitively assert which player will have the biggest impact in the NHL, we can still rely on the last season to get an interesting idea of the most promising players.

The Canadiens added two quality prospects by selecting Owen Beck and Lane Hutson in the second round of the draft.

The forward from the Peterborough Petes has demonstrated remarkable skills, showing the potential to become a highly responsible center in the NHL.

On the other hand, Lane Hutson had a sensational season with Boston University, collecting 48 points in just 39 games. There is no doubt that the 19-year-old defenseman could become an excellent power play quarterback for the Canadiens in the coming years.

However, what primarily catches attention is the selection of Filip Mesar at the 26th spot. The Slovakian had a lot of difficulty adapting to the North American style of play, registering only 51 points in 52 games.

Several experts believed that the forward from the Kitchener Rangers would dominate in the junior ranks after facing men in Slovakia, but unfortunately, that was not the case.

As mentioned earlier, it is impossible to predict at this stage who will have the best career in the Bettman circuit, but Brad Lambert is currently having an incredible playoffs run in the WHL.

The Finnish player, who was drafted 30th overall by the Winnipeg Jets, has collected 26 points in 15 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds. He also recorded 17 goals and 21 assists in 26 regular-season games.

Should the Canadiens have drafted Brad Lambert instead of Filip Mesar with their 26th pick?
May 17   |   151 answers
An error made during the last draft is already coming back to haunt the Canadiens

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