Prospect Pool Overview: Montreal Canadiens

From making the Stanley Cup final to snagging the first overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens have had a riveting last year and a half. 

Former general manager Marc Bergevin was let go in November and replaced by a new regime headed by executive vice president Jeff Gorton and new GM Kent Hughes. The impact was felt almost immediately as they began dismantling the NHL roster, infusing young talent, and adding to their prospect pipeline at the trade deadline. The 2022 NHL draft, held in Montreal, only bolstered their pipeline that much more.

The first domino to fall was sending Tyler Toffoli to Calgary in a deal that saw wing prospect Emil Heineman, a 2022 first-round pick (used to select Filip Mesar), and a 2023 fifth-round pick along with journeyman Tyler Pitlick. Heineman is an aggressive forechecker who can play in all situations with a big shot. The young Swede can play up and down a lineup as a workhorse that will dig in the corners while also having some finishing prowess. Adding a first-round pick in any rebuild is a great idea and when you add Mesar with that other pick, you’ve gotten a pretty stellar player.