Word was Murray went with scouts to see Huberdeau (who they ended up trying to trade up for) in Gatineau. After leaving he told his Head Scout, just get me both #11's (Huberdeau and Pageau). They think Pageau has a shot in large part due to smarts. It was said during training camp he's one of the smartest prospects they've taken in years. Head Scout Pierre Dorion said it was his favourite pick in the draft.
It's an up hill climb and as a 4th round pick, it was one of those picks they said they could make because of the depth and number of picks they have now. Higher upside, bigger risk. Murray said they may have played Pageau in the AHL this year if they could.
Needs to develop physical game. Was told to work on his shot. Obviously get stronger. He acquitted himself well in his only pre-season game. Don't think skating should hold him back but clearly getting quicker will help his chances.