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Post-Draft Top-26 Habs’ Prospect List

By Bob Trask – In late June, I published a list ranking my top 20 Habs prospects with the caveat that the list would probably change dramatically following the entry draft. Only prospects born in the year 2000 or later were included and as a result names like Cayden Primeau and Jesse Ylönen do not appear. Neither does anyone who played significant time with the Canadiens, so Cole Caufield is not on the list either.

June 21st Rankings

  1. Kaiden Guhle
  2. First overall pick
  3. Justin Barron
  4. Jordan Harris
  5. Arber Xhekaj
  6. Cayden Primeau
  7. Joshua Roy
  8. Sean Farrell
  9. Riley Kidney
  10. Emil Heineman
  11. Jan Mysak
  12. Twenty-sixth overall pick
  13. Thirty-third overall pick
  14. Jayden Struble
  15. Mattias Norlinder
  16. Jakub Dobes
  17. Dmitri Kostenko
  18. Oliver Kapanen
  19. William Trudeau
  20. Blake Biondi

Updated Rankings

I expanded the list to 26 players because to the influx of talent after the draft. Kostenko was dropped down only because he currently plays in Russia and that picture seems unclear. Some newly drafted players could move up in the ranking but they will have to earn those higher rankings in the upcoming season.

With Logan Mailloux attending the development camp as a non-playing participant, I have included him in the updated rankings at #5.

  1. Juraj Slafkovsky
  2. Kaiden Guhle
  3. Justin Barron
  4. Jordan Harris
  5. Logan Mailloux
  6. Arber Xhekaj
  7. Joshua Roy
  8. Filip Mesar
  9. Sean Farrell
  10. Owen Beck
  11. Riley Kidney
  12. Emil Heineman
  13. Lane Hutson
  14. Jan Mysak
  15. Jayden Struble
  16. Mattias Norlinder
  17. Jakub Dobes
  18. Jared Davidson
  19. Oliver Kapanen
  20. William Trudeau
  21. Blake Biondi
  22. Adam Engstrom
  23. Frederik Dichow
  24. Cedrick Guindon
  25. Dmitri Kostenko
  26. Miguel Tourigny

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the rankings, it is clear that this is a deep prospect pool even without including Primeau, Ylonen, Leskinen, Harvey-Pinard and others.

The top six prospects are dominated by defenseman even with the arrival of Slafkovsky and Mesar. It makes it easier to see why Alex Romanov was made available in a trade to acquire Kirby Dach.

The depth chart could also change dramatically as a result of any trades between now an training camp.

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