CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 3: Tanner Pearson #15 of Team Canada reacts after being hit by Andrei Vasilevski #30 of Team Russia during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Semifinal game at the Saddledome on January 3, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
And in doing so, we learn a little more about potential draft targets for not only the first pick, but later rounds as well as potential invites for rookie camps in the future (should players go undrafted, particularly overlooked Quebecois talent). No Nail Yakupov, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Murray or Teuvo Tervainen, which may be of note for the draft board, or maybe those players couldn't fit this into their busy schedules.
Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton Oil (WHL)
Mikhail Grigorenko, C, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)
Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Stefan Matteau, LW, USNTDP (USHL), joining Blainville-Broisbiand Armada (QMJHL) in 2012-13
Tanner Pearson, RW, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Mark Jankowski, C, Stanstead College (CAHS), joining Providence College (NCAA) in 2012-13
Charles Hudon, LW, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
Mackenzie MacEachern, LW, Brother Rice High School (USHS), committed to Michigan State (NCAA)
And more after the jump...
Alexandre Mallet, RW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Peter Trainor, C, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, G, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL), claimed by Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) for 2012-13
Francois Tremblay, G, Val d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
Frederic Roy, C, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL) - yes, Patrick's son.
Derick Roy, G, South Shore Kings (EJHL), joining Brown University (NCAA) in 2012-13
Kevin Roy, LW, Lincoln (USHL), joining Brown University (NCAA) in 2012-13 - yes, Derick & Kevin are brothers
Lukas Sutter, C, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Evan McEneny, D, Kitchener (OHL) - played only 2 games in 2011-12
Raphael Bussieres, LW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
Francis Beauvillier, C, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
James Melindy, D, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Brian Hart, F, joining Harvard University (NCAA) in 2012-13
Brandon Whitney, G, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Liam O'Brien, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Andrew O'Brien, D, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
Zach O'Brien, RW, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)/St. John's Ice Caps (AHL tryout)
Etienne Marcoux, G, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)
Alex Dubeau, G, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL), traded to Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) for 2012-13
Francois Brassard, G, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)
Jeremie Fraser, D, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
Ryan Culkin, D, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)
Maxime Lagace, G, PEI Rocket (QMJHL)
Christophe Lalancette, RW, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
Dominic Poulin, D, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL), traded to Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) for 2012-13
Alex Belzile, RW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Felix Girard, C, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
Justin Hache, D, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
Martin Lefebvre, D, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)
Cedric Paquette, C, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)
And one of (not sure who)...
Jonathan Oligny, D, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL), traded to Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) for 2012-13
Jimmy Oligny, D, PEI Rocket (QMJHL)
A lot of goalies are on the Habs' radar, which isn't surprising considering the team has not concentrated on goaltending for a few years at the draft. The potential top picks (Galchenyuk, Dumba, Rielly, Grigorenko, Reinhart) should get a lot of attention. The next group is what I'd look for with the 33rd and 50th selections (Koekkoek, Matteau, Pearson, Jankowski, Hudon, Sutter, Bussieres, Whitney). MacEachern is a darkhorse for a 2nd round pick, but could be eyed in the 3rd round. Evan McEneny is interesting as he's not much of a name for the draft, but could be a late round pick if Timmins has identified things he likes in his game from the past.
Meanwhile, Canadiens COO Kevin Gilmore will be making a presentation tomorrow at the simply titled "Hockey Forum", a gathering of the top European hockey minds hosted through the IIHF in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss growing the game on that continent. His presentation will be titled "Running a Sustainable Hockey Business", which will be followed interestingly enough by a presentation called "NHLPA as a Potential Stakeholder" by NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr. The two will then join a panel discussion titled "Reaching Hockey's Global Potential" with representatives from Germany and the Czech Republic.