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The steal of the draft could belong to the Canadiens with Michael Hage


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David St-Jean
July 2, 2024  (8:44)
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Usually, the top five draft picks are almost guaranteed to play in the NHL relatively early in their careers, but after that, nothing is guaranteed.

There are many players drafted in the top 10, top 15, and the rest of the first round who have played very little in the best league in the world, and this happens every year.
However, there are pleasant surprises in every round, and the last third of the first round is no exception.
Michael Hage was selected 21st overall by the Canadiens, even though he was projected to go between the 16th and 18th spots. Several general managers might regret their decisions one day.
According to Scott Wheeler, Hage has all the tools to become the next Jordan Kyrou, meaning a 70+ point player in the NHL.
"They added two of the best forwards in the draft, one of whom is an elite player, and the other is a center with excellent skating (Hage is one of the best skaters in the draft), offensive skills (he gets high marks in this class here too), and a profile that I love.

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And Hage might be my favorite prospect in the draft. I think he has every chance to have a long career as a top player. I compared him to Jordan Kyrou, and I think that's within reach." - Scott Wheeler

His skating and offensive abilities make Hage a prime candidate. Additionally, he has an extraordinary strength of character.
He suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of play for almost the entire 2022-23 season, and he then had to cope with the death of his father, who drowned at a family gathering. A true tragedy.
He came back strong with 75 points in 54 games, including 43 in the last 25. Among draft prospects, he finished 2nd in points over the last 25 games of the season across all leagues, behind Ivan Demidov, who also belongs to the Canadiens.
We constantly hear how much the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks have improved this year, but the Canadiens also made significant strides.
Hage, the 21st overall pick, has the potential to become a top 10 candidate if the draft were redone in a few years. He could very well be a major steal for the Canadiens.
Source : Let's go Habs
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