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Brown: 5 Positives For Habs Fans to Look Forward to

If you told me that the Montreal Canadiens were heading into a top-5 draft selection at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, I would think you’re delusional. However, that’s the unfortunate reality. It can be hard to see through the doom and gloom of a lost season, but there’s always a silver lining. In spite of the Canadiens woes, there’s a lot of good that could transpire within the near future.

1. Lukas Vejdemo is playing well in the SweHL

The 3rd round, 87th overall draft pick in 2015 has made leaps and bounds to obtain a steady rise in points production while plying his trade with Djurgardens of the Swedish Hockey League. Lukas Vejdemo is making tremendous strides to turn heads at the Canadiens development camp. The Swede is a graceful skater who has great vision and decent tactical acumen. The Canadiens are in desperate need of a player who could exit the zone with ease. Within the next 2-3 years, the 21-year-old has all the tools to become an effective player in the NHL.

2. Scherbak is a sure thing to play in the NHL next year

Nikita Scherbak deserves an NHL job next season given his point-per-game pace. In 22 games, the crafty winger has a whopping 7 goals and 20 assists for the Laval Rocket this year, good enough for a 1.23 point-per-game average. He’s proved that he can produce at the AHL level, he needs to be given the opportunity to fire on all cylinders at the NHL.

After watching his NHL game over the last week, his spot with the Canadiens next season seems like a foregone conclusion.

3. Charlie Lindgren Could Be Carey Price’s Backup Next Season

With the departure of Al Montoya and the short term bandage in Antti Niemi, who’s going to hit free agency by season’s end. It’s Charlie Lindgren’s role to lose when training camp in September comes around the corner. He’s already showed that he has the sheer athleticism and charisma to compete in the NHL. The Lakeville, Minnesota native boasts a stellar 6-4-1 record with a. 929 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average so far into his tenure with the Canadiens. His AHL numbers are less than stellar, so it may be a good idea to get him out of Laval sooner rather than later.

4. Brett Lernout Has a Good Chance of Starting the 2018-19 Season with the Canadiens

Brett Lernout has always been an intriguing defensive prospect due to his booming shot, swift skating, and his lanky stature that teams desire. Since he was swooped up by Trevor Timmins in the 3rd round of the 2014 draft his progression has been on an uphill trajectory. He may not be a defensive force or the most offensively gifted defender. However, he can bring the crisp passing necessary to succeed in Claude Julien’s system, physicality, and the occasional goal. With 6 NHL games under his belt, expect him to be competing for a roster spot this September.

5. Nikolas Koberstein Has the Potential to be a Diamond In the Rough

You don’t hear Koberstein’s name too often. He’s not the flashiest of players nor does he have the offensive upside. However, Nikolas Koberstein, who’s currently working on his craft in the NCAA, is enjoying the best offensive season of his college career. So far into the 2017-18 season with the U. of Alaska-Fairbanks, the 5th round pick in 2014 garnered 2 goals and 9 assists in 26 games. Prior to his offensive outbreak, Koberstein accumulated a mere 7 points in his first 54 games. Nikolas Koberstein is your prototypical stay-at-home defender who has a strong physical acumen while providing mobility and a strong defensive game. In the coming year’s he has the potential to be a roster player for the Canadiens.

 

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