Development Camp – Prospects Measure Up

By JD Lagrange – Up until now, we had to rely on measurements provided by Central Scouting and teams around the world to have an idea of the height and weight of the prospects available at the NHL Draft. As the Montreal Canadiens are holding their development camp, they were able to measure and weigh their own prospects and some adjustments were needed.

The tallest player is a goaltender by the name of Joe Vrbetic whom, standing at 6-foot 6-inches (without skates), is a full foot taller than the Canadiens’ shortest prospect, Xavier Simoneau, who is 5-foot 6-inches but he’s stocky at 179 lbs.

It is interesting to note how tall the goaltenders are in the system. Frederik Dichow is 6-foot 5-inches, Jakub Dobes is 6-foot 4-inches and Emmett Croteau is 6-foot 3-inches. Now consider that Carey Price, Samuel Montembeault and Cayden Primeau are all 6-foot 3-inches and Jake Allen is 6-foot 2-inches, those are big goalies!

When it comes to weight, defenseman Arber Xhekaj tips the scale at 229 lbs while the team’s new jewel, left-winger Juraj Slafkovsky digs into the ice with his 227 lbs! The featherweight at development camp is defenseman Lane Hutson at 151 lbs.

VRBETIC, JoeG6’6″196
CHISHOLM, CallumLW6’5″218
DICHOW, FrederikG6’5″214
XHEKAJ, ArberD6’4″229
DOBES, JakubG6’4″199
SLAFKOVSKY, JurajLW6’3″227
CROTEAU, EmmettG6’3″196
MAILLOUX, LoganD6’3″204
GUHLE, KaidenD6’2″197
STRUBLE, JaydenD6’2″199
BARRON, JustinD6’2″199
HEINEMAN, EmilLW6’2″193
TUCH, LukeLW6’2″215
CONDOTTA, LucasLW6’1″221
MIANSCUM, IsraelRW6’1″194
SMILANIC, TyC6’1″172
ENGSTROM, AdamD6’1″187
HOPKINS, RyanD6’1″171
NURMI, PetteriD6’1″187
RHEAUME, NickLW6’1″195
BIONDI, BlakeD6’0″198
JOYCE, ConnorC6’0″178
KAPANEN, OliverC6’0″175
ROY, JoshuaRW6’0″192
SMITH, JackC6’0″191
FAIRBROTHER, GianniD6’0″205
TRUDEAU, WilliamD6’0″198
SAVORY, OwenG6’0″193
BECK, OwenC5’11”181
DAVIDSON, JaredC5’11”181
KIDNEY, RileyC5’11”172
GUINDON, CédrickLW5’10”166
PITLICK, RhettLW5’10”173
ROHRER, VinzenzC5’10”161
FRANCIS, RyanC5’9″175
MESAR, FilipRW5’9″175
DUBÉ, PierrickRW5’8″172
FARRELL, SeanC5’8″174
HUTSON, LaneD5’8″151
TOURIGNY, MiguelD5’8″168
SIMONEAU, XavierC5’6″179

Canadiens GM Kent Hughes recently answered a question regarding if size was a factor in selecting Juraj Slafkovsky and his answer was interesting. He said that he likes smaller, skilled players, that a couple of smaller players are fined, but… “Give me 22 players at 5-foot 9-inches and we’ll have a problem.” I can’t say that I disagree with him.

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