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Montreal 2023 Draft Class Written by Red Fisher - August 23rd, 2023

The Montreal Canadiens had an eventful draft, selecting 21 players.  The star of the show had to be grabbing big, Adam Fantilli (pictured) who the team hopes to build around as they continue to rebuild.  Here's a brief look at the newcomers that are expected to participate at the Canadiens' 2023 Development camp taking place in Montreal next week. 

 

2023 CMHL ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS


RD
OV
SELECTION
POS
TEAM
LEAGUE
NHL
COMMENTS








1
3
Adam FANTILLI
C
U. Michigan
NCAA
CBJ
The easiest pick of the draft.








1
8
Zach BENSON
LW
Wenatchee
WHL
BUF
Red Line Report calls him the smartest player in the draft.








2
33
Andrew CRISTALL
LW
Kelowna
WHL
WSH
Slick puckhandler needs to work on skating.








2
52
Lenni HAMEENAHO
RW
Assat
FIN
NJ
Under the radar winger could top out as a middle-six winger.








3
65
Rasmus KUMPULAINEN
C
Pelicans
FIN
MIN
Large, rangy center is on the rise.








3
67
Jakub DVORAK
D
Liberec
CZE
LA
A future top four, stay at home defender.








3
71
Juraj PEKARCIK
C-LW
Nitra
SVK
STL
Was only days away from being eligible for the 2024 draft.








4
97
Luca PINELLI
C
Ottawa
OHL
CBJ
Offensive spark plug.








4
99
Andrew STRATHMANN
D
Youngstown
USHL
CBJ
Needs time in college to be ready for pro game.








4
107
Jayson SHAUGABAY
C-RW
Green Bay
USHL
TB
Shifty, deceptive playmaking winger.








5
129
Albert WIKMAN
D
Farjestad
SWE
FLA
No frills, defensive defenseman.








5
133
Paul FISCHER
D
U. Notre Dame
NCAA
STL
Well-rounded defender.








5
139
Timur MUKHANOV
C-LW
Omsk
RUS
CAR
Dangerous Russian speedster.








5
155
Matthew MANIA
D
Sudbury
OHL
LA
Good size/skill combo.








6
161
Ruslan KHAZHEYEV
G
Chelyabinsk
RUS
CAR
Massive netminder who oozes potential.








6
174
Tuomas Uronen
C-W
Ottawa
OHL
VGK
Sneakily skilled and produces.








6
179
Matteo MANN
D
Chicoutimi
QMJHL
PHI
Massive, but athletic stay at home defender.








6
180
Pavel NOVAK
RW
Iowa
AHL
MIN
Missed an entire season due to a cancer diagnosis.








6
184
Riley DURAN
C
Providence College
NCAA
BOS
Two-way center with good hands and playmaking ability.








6
188
Zach SCHULZ
D
U. Wisconsin
NCAA
NYI
Captained the Americans’ U18.








7
201
Luke MITTELSTADT
D
U. Minnesota
NCAA
MTL
Younger brother of Sabres’ Casey Middelstadt.












 
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