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Meet The New Habs Prospects

Noah Juulsen

During the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on June 26th and 27th, the Montreal Canadiens made their five draft picks. For those who missed the draft on television or have the question “who?” stuck in their head, here is what you need to know about the new Habs prospects.

1) Noah Juulsen

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Noah Juulsen was selected in the first round (26th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens, and who can blame them? This 18 year old from Abbotsford, British Colombia is a solid two-way defenseman. He can play both ends of the ice and supports his Everett Silvertips teammates well. While he isn’t a dynamic skater (yet), the third highest scoring defenseman in the WHL can be mobile when he needs to be. He isn’t afraid to take some hits, sees the ice well and has the individual skills to carry out the possibilities he sees. He is also great when it comes to puck possession and is able to control the play with authority, despite sometimes overthinking things and making moves too fast. Overall, Juulsen is the kind of offensive defenseman the Habs could use in a few years. Follow him on Twitter: @Juuls16

2) Lukas Vejdemo

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The third round pick for the Canadiens is 19 year old Lukas Vejdemo, a left-handed centre from Sweden who plays in the SHL. When it comes to playing on the ice, Vejdemo is a smooth operator. He’s a big guy who has talent at both ends of the ice and is also a hard working player. With not being afraid to play hard, this Superelite Playoff MVP will be a great addition to the Habs and really help in the offensive department, even if it takes him a couple more years to get there. Vejdemo also tweeted a photo on Saturday of him in his CH hat, saying, “Great to be a part of the @CanadiensMTL organization. Couldn’t wish for a better team and hockey town! #GoHabsGo.” You can follow him on Twitter: @vejde96

3) Matthew Bradley

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131st pick overall, the 18 year old centre from Surrey, British Columbia has had a great year with the Medicine Hat Tigers. With 17 goals and 23 assists this season, it’s no wonder he ended up with the Canadiens. He is a two-way centre who’s energy and strong will excels most in terms of foot speed and faceoff skill. He also has great offensive flair and puts the pucks where they are needed as well as making good decisions and having a high hockey IQ. With transitioning from a depth role to a top-six role, his consistent play will work well when skating with the Habs. Follow him on Twitter: @Matt_Brad37

4) Simon Bourque

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Another Bourque?! Yes, you heard that correctly, but this isn’t another “#AlmostBourque” situation. The 18 year old defenseman is a natural leader on and off the ice, sporting the “A” well for the Rimouski Oceanic. He is a hard working player who puts his heart in everything he does on the ice. Follow him on Twitter: @SimBourque_4

5) Jeremiah Addison

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The Ottawa 67’s left-winger is an effective forward who generates offense, plays physical and doesn’t mind getting his nose dirty. He is very consistent and racked up 47 points this season (19 goals, 28 assists). He’s the type of guy the Habs could use for the 2015-16 season with his explosive speed and scoring abilities. Overall. he’s a great penalty killer and is able to take on tough defensive minutes while still bringing his offensive skill to the ice. He tweeted out the following a few hours ago: “Grateful for the opportunity to join the @CanadiensMTL for the work ahead #Blessed.” What a gem. Follow him on Twitter: @addy1zero

All in all, Marc Bergevin picked up some great ‘under the radar’ players (minus Juulsen) who will definitely fit in well with the club. Good luck to all of the young prospects!

Follow Jessica-Lyn on Twitter: @EarlxGreat