Minulin is a really good player but I don't think it's just Valimaki he'll be battling with. Foote is by far the best D prospect Kelowna has had for several years.
Should be an interesting year for WHL d men. Cale Fleury is another to keep eyes out for...though Kootenay was one of the worst teams in the CHL last year and likely won't be much better this season. Could see one of Fleury/Minulin getting traded to a contender, as well.
The final Hlinka roster is out. No Vilardi is definitely a bit of a surprise.
Yes I like Vilardi a very good RHC from Windsor(Sergachev's team), also would love to get Callan Foote(Not very likely) but Artyom Minulin(RHD) could be a very good partner for Sergachev and available where the Habs could move up to get him. Gabriel Vilardi missing the Hlinka, might mean he could be available when the Habs pick in the 1st round. As usual I'm hoping Bergevin trades for another late 1st round pick, always great to have that type of asset with our own 1st & two 2nd's to move up for one of these prospects. Russian defencemen are becoming great playing the aggressive NA game the last few years, having Top Ten Dmen picked by NHL teams, it seems the "Russian Factor" has ended with the fall of the ruble worldwide.
A fact that has helped our Habs this season in signing Alex Radulov, hopefully Vadim Shipachev signs with our Habs, that could very well be the icing on the cake, so to speak for our Habs becoming the NHL Champs once again & for the 1st time this millennium. Go Habs Go!!!...
The Habs could get fortunate to acquire extra 1st round picks and move up for Klim Kostin (C/LW) that was the 1st selection in the 2016 CHL Import Draft. He's decided to stay in Russia and break into the KHL instead of playing for Kootenay. The 6'3 PWF could very well be a great replacement in our Top Six in 2-3 yrs., as a Center or LW, the Habs would certainly be a better team with this player, even if they have to wait 3-4 yrs. before he comes over.
Always good to get things early. There's time in the summer to re-watch your recorded games and pay more attention to the younger kids
+ camps start fairly early in the summer ...
Big fan of Comtois. Could be another top 5 pick for the Q. Plays a complete game with a high level of skills.
Plenty of players from the Q could rise in the top 2 rounds with good seasons: Milot-Ouellet had a good season for Gatineau, Durandeau is quite talented as well, Tesdeale shows up to work every game, and really hoping Baribeau can step it up next year. Could be an excellent goalie. Loved him in AAA hockey.
Doesn't matter. Gotta know about everyone available
Adam Ruzicka has a lot of potential too in the late first big center category. I liked him a lot at the U-18, he's built like a freaking truck. Hopefully he comes over to the CHL so I can get a better idea of his potential.