The Canadiens made five selections at the 2023 EHEC Draft in Nashville.
Vladar out, Perhonen in
[b]11. David Reinbacher, D[/b]
Some pegged this as a little high for the Austrian rearguard, but with the highest defensive upside in the draft and Shea Weber nearing retirement, it makes sense for the organization. Reinbacher won't likely be a power play guy in the NHL, but can deliver hits every night and anchor the top PK.
82. Juraj Pekarcik, LW
Pekarcik projects as a speedy defensive winger at the next level. With no second round pick, there's quite a dropoff here but he's a safe bet as a bottom six NHLer who can contribute the odd bit of scoring.
116. Connor Levis, C
Another non-offensive forward. Levis hits like Terry Tate and does a solid enough job on defence. Not enough scoring here to hold down a top nine job, but he can make the show.
142. Nikita Susuyev, LW
Finally, an offence-first forward. Susuyev is a decent playmaker and skater with hands. He makes out OK on defence but doesn't have a physical bone in his body. He might make a rebuilding team. � Full story
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