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2020 NHL Draft: Stocking the cupboard

The Canadiens added a diverse bunch of players to their stable of prospects with seven selections on Day 2 of the NHL Draft

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - After taking defenseman Kaiden Guhle in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft, the Canadiens added four centers, two wingers, and a goaltender to their prospect pipeline on Day 2 on Wednesday.

Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, the Habs drafted a diverse crop of young players into their system in 2020, each one of them offering up their own unique mixture of attributes and assets. 

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Assistant general manager Trevor Timmins feels like Montreal's Draft team was successful at stocking the shelves with a wide variety of promising options for the future.

Video: Trevor Timmins on the Class of 2020

"We were able to draft a lot of target players and add to our stable of prospects and our cupboard, based on a lot of different positions, different types of players," outlined Timmins. "We added some size, some strength, some goal-scoring, people who are hard to play against."

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Learn more about the Canadiens' picks from Rounds 2-6 below. (For our profile on Guhle, click here.)

Luke Tuch - 2nd round (47th overall)
LW - USNTDP - 6-foot-2, 203 lbs.

  • Finished fourth on the US National U18 team with 30 points (15G, 15A) in 47 games 
  • Scored eight goals for 14 points in 19 games in the USNTDP 

"He has a good mentor and role model in his own brother [Vegas forward Alex Tuch]. His brother has been through a lot and he's become a very good NHLer. I'm sure he's has and will continue to understand the pro game and to have seen what his brother goes through, and that'll help him along the way as well. We like what he brings. We want to address that in our stable of prospects - the type of game that he plays, so we're happy to get him where we did. It was funny, because a lot of teams were calling to trade for that pick, after we selected him. That's the reason they were calling, to trade for that pick, was to select him. We were lucky to hold onto it and be able to select Luke." -Timmins

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Jan Mysak - 2nd round (48th overall)
C - Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) - 5-foot-10, 175 lbs.

  • Scored five goals for nine points in 26 games with HC Litvinov in the Czech Extraliga 
  • Scored 15 goals for 25 pts in 22 games with the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs 
  • Recorded two points (1G, 1A) in five games at the 2020 WJC 

"We're excited to get Jan Mysak. We wanted to add some speed and skill, and he addresses that need, obviously. He plays for the Hamilton Bulldogs, who we have close ties with. This is a player who played at the Under-20 World Juniors for the Czech Republic. He played mostly on the wing there. A player of his age - 17 years old - playing at the World Juniors and doing what he did is a pretty good indicator of a strong prospect that has a good chance to play at the NHL level someday, if you look back in history. We like what he brings: outstanding work ethic, energy, speed, quickness, skill, and willingness to learn and be coached. We were happy to get him." -Timmins

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Bonjour, Jan Mysak! 👋#GoHabsGo | @RONAinc

Jack Smith - 4th round (102nd overall)
C - Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) - 5-foot-11, 182 lbs.

  • Invited to the USNTDP selection camp in 2017-18 
  • Skated in only 11 games for St. Cloud Cathedral HS due to injury, scoring 16 goals for 30 points 

"Two guys we drafted out of Minnesota High School: Jack Smith and Blake Biondi. While they're both going to University of Minnesota-Duluth, Jack is an elite playmaker at that level. He really sees the ice well, he makes plays. Center is his natural position; he's a natural center. Skating is another strong point of his, and he has very good hockey sense. He's going to go play for Sioux Falls this year in the USHL, and then on to Minnesota-Duluth." -Timmins

Blake Biondi - 4th round (109th overall)
C - Hermantown HS - 6-foot, 191 lbs.

  • Hlinka-Gretzky Cup: 1 goal, 1 assist in 4 games 
  • Sioux City (USHL): 1 goal, 2 assists in 10 games 
  • Led Hermantown HS with 37 goals for 76 points in 25 games 

"Blake Biondi was on the US [Hlinka-Gretzky Cup] team. This guy is hard to play against. He plays center and he can also play the wing. He's a real smart, strong shooter. He can overpower goaltenders with his shot. He's hard to play against, physical, and we liked that. In Jack Smith, we got a left-shot center. In Blake Biondi, we got a right-shot center who can also play right wing." -Timmins

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Sean Farrell - 4th round (124th overall)
C - Chicago Steel (USHL) - 5-foot-8, 175 lbs.

  • 41 assists (tied for 1st in USHL) 
  • 56 points (7th in USHL) 

"We see a guy who has similar personality characteristics as a Brendan Gallagher type. He won't be denied. The outstanding work ethic, compete... he goes to the hard areas. He's a really great personality. I think he's going in the right direction here. He's going to go back and start the year with Chicago in the USHL, which has been a very good development team. He has an invite to the US World Junior camp. And then off to Harvard; whether or not he ends up at Harvard in the new year is yet to be seen, but we like the energy that he brings to go along with the style that he plays, and his ability to produce some offense as well." -Timmins

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Jakub Dobes - 5th round (136th overall)
G - Omaha Lancers (USHL) - 6-foot-4, 200 lbs.

  • Topeka (NAHL): 7-3-0 record, 1.59 GAA, .946 SV%, 3 SO 
  • Omaha (USHL): 9-6-3 record, 3.09 GAA, .891 SV%, 1 SO 

"He's a Czech goalie. He's spent the last couple of years in the St. Louis area, so he's committed to playing pro over here. He played for the Czech Republic at the World Junior A challenge, national team, and he started the year in the North American Hockey League for Topeka, and ended up getting called up and playing for Omaha the rest of the season in the USHL. He's off to Ohio State University. [Canadiens amateur scout] Vinnie Riendeau tracked him quite a bit this year; he likes the upside there. We have time with him; he's going to the NCAA." -Timmins

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Avec le 136e choix, les Canadiens s��lectionnent Jakub Dobes.With the 136th pick, the Canadiens select Jakub Dobes.#GoHabsGo | @RONAinc

Alexander Gordin - 6th round (171st overall)
RW - SKA St. Petersburg (MHL) - 6-foot-1, 194 lbs.

  • Scored 39 goals (including 12 PPG) for 68 points in 59 games with SKA St. Petersburg 
  • Tied for second-most goals in the MHL 

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"This guy is a big Russian winger, a pure sniper and natural goal scorer. He plays for SKA St Petersburg, and we're hoping... he's got a shot to make the World Junior team this year. And hopefully you guys will be able to see him play there." -Timmins

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