Well folks, it's that time of year again; when we all gather around the fire and participate in the first annual Habs Twitter Draft!
Mastermind Arik assigned me the daunting task of creating a mock draft for the #habstwitterdraft. I had a problem with that, as illustrated below:
Arik: I want you to create a mock draft for the #habstwitterdraft
Me: Ok but wouldn't I just be picking your teams for you?
Arik: I thought of that, maybe do something else.
Me: Alright, cool.
Arik: You are really smart and handsome.
Me: I know.
That went on for a good 45 minutes.
The outcome was that I would do a Pre-Draft Ranking for all of the categories required in the #habstwitterdraft.
It is definitely not a mock draft.
I am definitely not picking their teams for them.
Enjoy these rankings, with some tweets and in depth hard hitting analysis.
Remember, these are my views, if you don't like them I have others.
Current Canadiens Players
The thing about the Habs tweeting is that they're pretty on par with the rest of the athlete twitter world. There are some gems out there but a lot of it is RTs of people asking them to RT stuff (birthdays, charities, sex requests etc.)
Parros gets number 1 for his bio alone: On-ice assailant, power play specialist, minister of moustachery. (The joke is that he isn't a power play specialist, get it?).
In honor of Teemu's "decision video" stay tuned for my "lunch decision" video, sure to also be a sensation...— George Parros (@GeorgeParros) August 30, 2013
He ate an entire cow whole.
Why do dogs never pull a muscle, it's not like they stretch— George Parros (@GeorgeParros) August 21, 2013
My man keith and I in a crazy eyes contest... i lose...http://t.co/7K733U0xpD— George Parros (@GeorgeParros) August 3, 2013
Never sleeping again
Not sure if the line at Starbucks is longer than one at Six Flags but I know coffee is less fun than a ride— George Parros (@GeorgeParros) July 27, 2013
If Galchenyuk scores as much as he tweets things a 19 year old would tweet then we're in for a great season.
7 touchdowns .... #Easywork— Alex galchenyuk (@AGally94) September 6, 2013
Packing is not my favourite thing to do...#grind— Alex galchenyuk (@AGally94) September 2, 2013
Gonna go check out Wolverine Tn hope it is good @mattcicc— Alex galchenyuk (@AGally94) July 28, 2013
I still haven't seen it
3. P.K. Subban
PK's twitter account is a combination of pictures of him working out, #ALWAYSON hashtags and himself trying to be Hulk Hogan in the 80s.
Whatcha gonna do when Subbamania runs wild on you, brother?
Hal Gill (@Skillsy75) September 7, 2013
Nothing flashy, reliable, always leaves you satisfied. (Am I describing his twitter feed or my sex life? If it's the latter you can throw in "godly")
Lebron what a player. But if I hear him talk about himself anymore I may puke! Didn't thank his teammates once for his success— Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8) June 21, 2013
Anybody wanna come hangout with me at Budweiser gardens gate 3.. Here till 2pm! #atn— Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8) June 20, 2013
Ray Allen is theeeeeeee man #pureswag— Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8) June 19, 2013
Members of the English Montreal media
There are a lot of these guys/girls out there, and a lot of them are fantastic. I would include all of you but there are strict rules that I need to adhere to, I can't just pick and choose when to apply the rules what do you think I am an NHL ref? (HEYO!)
Note: After I typed (HEYO!) I went on a 3 hour walk through the wilderness. I did a lot of thinking and soul-searching and decided to included everyone who is a member of the media who you wouldn't consider a "blogger." That's print/internet print/radio/TV etc. Here's a top 10. All of this is strictly related to their twitter presence and has nothing to do with their work outside the twitter realm. If you're not following this list then there's something wrong with your brain.
I feel like this is going to get me a lot of hate, if anyone hates this I totally didn't write it.
Felt weird doing this because I really like a lot of these people.
1. Arpon Basu
Arpon is the managing editor for LNH.com, though his tweets are mostly in English. He engages in discussion, posts news, is active and isn't afraid to share his opinion.
Louis Leblanc is 22, he's far from done as a player. He's being challenged by the organization. Up to him to react well.— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 17, 2013
Has Danny Kristo done something of late that I've missed? Seriously. Just wondering.— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 17, 2013
Nothing like a little PRESEASON OVERTIME!— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 16, 2013
The hope is that the rest of Martin Reway eventually catches up to the quality of his hands, because they are ridiculous— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 16, 2013
Instigator goes to McCormick. Picking a fight with someone because that someone was playing hockey.— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) September 16, 2013
2. Eric Engels
Engels is one of if not my favourite read/feeds on twitter. He's witty and brings something different than just reporting on the Canadiens. He's also really active and engages with his followers which is something you like to see.
Not allowed to tuck in your jersey? Strip Gretzky of the records... Apparently this has been in the rulebook for more than 50 years.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 19, 2013
So, the question becomes: If Briere can be healthy enough to play 70 games, will anything less than 45 pts be a disappointment?— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 18, 2013
People will no doubt be impressed with Reway's hands and speed, but it's his hockey sense that has me impressed. Going to tear up the Q— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 14, 2013
Bergevin: "I was in favor of getting rid of Crawford, but Stephane (Waite) convinced us he'd emerge. Stephane likes challenges."— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 11, 2013
the 1000 tweets about Connor Crisp scoring a hat-trick at rookie camp are more relevant than announcement Blue Jays will play 2 gms in MTL— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 9, 2013
conserving my tweets so that number 21273 can announce puck drop for the home opener at the Bell Centre...— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 6, 2013
3. John Lu
If you want straight up reporting, John Lu is your man. He's at pretty much every Habs related event and will be one of the first to tweet lineups/news etc.
#Habs lines vs. Canes: Pacioretty/Desharnais/Collberg; Prust/Galchenyuk/Thomas; Bournival/Holland/McCarron; Tarnasky/Dumont/Blunden— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) September 20, 2013
#Habs Therrien says Gionta will not play this weekend but is "on schedule" with his rehab.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) September 19, 2013
#Habs Subban jokes that, "I texted (Malcolm) yesterday but he's kinda' been giving me the cold shoulder."— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) September 16, 2013
I'm still looking.
4. Dave Stubbs
Stubbs is a romantic. Every tweet is a feature and he does it well, giving you information from an angle that few are able to get it from.
Anyone else scared that this thing is going to implode the entire downtown core?
Come With Me by Puff Daddy with Jimmy Page is #Habs new scoreboard intro— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) September 15, 2013
Just Galchenyuk sitting directly across from him in #Habs room was enough to get Gallagher laughing. This might be a season-long sit-com— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) September 15, 2013
Stubbs may have the ability to morph into a fly on the wall.
5. Conor McKenna
Conor is surging into the Montreal sports media scene and we couldn't be happier about that. Perfect combination of snark, knowledge and "down to earth-ness." He might own the best dog in the world.
My last sportscast of the day is at 8:26 and you really should listen because if you don't you'll regret it for the rest of the day.— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) September 20, 2013
I wonder what Mike Felger thinks about Lucic saying habs don't dive more than any other teams.— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) September 16, 2013
Felger was unavailable for comment
Having Steve Ott as captain says a lot about the Sabres and the kind of team they'll probably be this year.— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) September 16, 2013
A bad one
Remember re: Apple juice and cider. If it's clear and yella, you've got juice there, fella. If it's tangy and brown, you're in cider town.— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) September 10, 2013
Anyone seen scores from the Habs golf tournament posted anywhere?— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) September 4, 2013
Best dog ever
6. Mitch Melnick
Melnick's tweets are short and sweet, he carries over his radio work to the twitter world and it's pretty entertaining.
Can't help but wonder if Louis Leblanc is thinking about Harvard.— Mitch Melnick (@HunterZThompson) September 17, 2013
Zuckerberg also dropped out of Harvard
L'Antichambre back on the air. Let's see how much time they devote this season to what P.K. Subban can't do.— Mitch Melnick (@HunterZThompson) September 10, 2013
Anybody who thinks Murray was one of key reasons Penguins were swept by Boston was not watching. Pittsburgh scored two goals in four games.— Mitch Melnick (@HunterZThompson) August 22, 2013
Hurry up @TSN_BobMcKenzie— Mitch Melnick (@HunterZThompson) May 30, 2013
It takes balls to boss the godfather around
7. Ted Bird
Ted's feed is great, to say the least. He's sarcastic (in a good way) and hilarious.
Brian Burke vows to make the Calgary Flames more obstrusive, rapacious, whimsical and incontinent.— Ted Bird (@manofbird) September 5, 2013
Me Tarzan, Yu Darvish.— Ted Bird (@manofbird) September 4, 2013
Ironically, Barkov could turn out to be one of the most ill-advised second overall picks since - wait for it - Dale Tallon.— Ted Bird (@manofbird) June 30, 2013
Anthem guy in Chicago vs Rene Rancourt = Metropolitan Opera vs Karaoke Night at Shabu Shabu on St. Jacques— Ted Bird (@manofbird) June 18, 2013
8. Brian Wilde
The best thing about Wilde's twitter presence is that he debates, a lot, with his followers. Hard to find a member of the MSM who engages as much as him.
Okay, PK beat your brother. I need a story.— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) September 17, 2013
Am I the only one who is creeped out by the kiss cam?— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) September 17, 2013
I didn't see Parros coming while I was talking to Gionta & when he was suddenly on top of me, I actually felt fear. So happy I don't fight.— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) September 15, 2013
9. Heather Engel
Heather is very underrated. She seems to have access to every event and is not shy to tweet quotes and news that others miss. She also provides some great commentary to the news which is nice.
Hal Gill is a large individual
For some reason, Uniprix's mascot is here. He's orange and looks like a Youppi-wannabe.— Heather Engel (@engelheather) September 8, 2013
Why does Uniprix need a mascot? What's Uniprix?
By my count, #Habs have 16 back-to-backs.— Heather Engel (@engelheather) July 19, 2013
That's a lot folks
Aleksander Barkov signing his ELC marks the third straight year the top four draft picks have signed within a few months of the draft.— Heather Engel (@engelheather) July 15, 2013
Wouldn't have known that otherwise
With Magnus Paajarvi going the other way in the Perron deal, he becomes the ninth 2009 first round pick to be traded.— Heather Engel (@engelheather) July 10, 2013
Drafts....are those ever useless.
Spotted last night at a NYC sports bar: a guy in a Gino Odjick jersey. pic.twitter.com/TEw6oldCuO— Heather Engel (@engelheather) June 30, 2013
He was later donated to the HHoF
10. Tony Marinaro
Tony is Tony on twitter as is he on the radio, embracing his persona to the letter.
Danieellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Brieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrree— Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) September 20, 2013
Just missed call on my cell from QC. Was it Qc Mayor Régis Labeaume who wants me 2sing anthem at habs game in order 2 increase ticket sales?— Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) September 19, 2013
Danieeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllllllllll Brieeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrre— Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) September 19, 2013
Moen penalty. Lucic to Krejci. Goal. 5-3 Bruins. What a pass by my boy Millllllllllaaaaaaannnnnnn Luuuuuciccccc.— Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) September 17, 2013
DANIEEEEEEEEELLLLLLL BRRRIEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRREEEEEEE......— Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) September 10, 2013
There are a few more that go on like that.
Bonus Addition: Mike Boone
Mike flew under the radar because he "retired" not too long ago. I'm adding him to the list because his tweets are classic.
Someone tell the fans in the upper bowl the Wave sucked even when it didn't.— Mike Boone (@HabsBlogger) September 24, 2013
In the UK it's called the Mexican Wave for some reason
Least likely Selke Trophy finalists: David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty— Mike Boone (@HabsBlogger) September 24, 2013
But MOST likely Stanley Cup winners.
Bell Centre faithful developing a taste for Tinordi.— Mike Boone (@HabsBlogger) September 23, 2013
And it tastes gooooood
Brandon Prust laid a whuppin' on someone named Alexander Urbom— Mike Boone (@HabsBlogger) September 23, 2013
Made me laugh
Members of the French Montreal media
Il ya beaucoup de ces gars / filles là-bas, et beaucoup d'entre eux sont fantastiques. J'inclurais vous tous, mais il ya des règles strictes que je dois respecter, je ne peux pas choisir quand appliquer les règles qu'est-ce que vous pensez que je suis un arbitre LNH? (HEYO!)
Note: Après avoir tapé (HEYO!) Je suis allé sur une promenade de 3 heures à travers le désert. J'ai fait beaucoup de réflexion et d'introspection et a décidé d'inclure tout le monde qui est un membre des médias qui vous ne seriez pas envisager un "blogueur". C'est print / internet print / radio / télévision, etc Voici un top 5. Tout cela est strictement liée à leur présence sur twitter et n'a rien à voir avec leur travail en dehors de la sphère twitter. Si vous ne suivez pas cette liste alors il ya quelque chose de mal avec votre cerveau.
J'ai l'impression que cela va me faire beaucoup de haine, si quelqu'un déteste cela, je n'ai absolument pas l'écrire.
C'était bizarre de faire cela parce que je l'aime vraiment beaucoup de ces personnes.
1. Marc-Antoine Godin
Marc-Antoine is a beat writer for La Presse and the best account in terms of French Media out there. He's always quick to report news and opinions as well as interact with his followers. Like the majority of the fanbase his tweets are "70% French and 30% English"
Cam Ward est de retour pour la 3e période. Il doit déjà trouver la soirée longue.— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) September 21, 2013
It was a longue night for him indeed
Habs all over Hurricanes, leading 4-0 in the 1st. And Canes are 4-5 players away from a full lineup! Dangerously static group in their zone.— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) September 21, 2013
Love the Franglais
Michel Therrien a été limpide: à ses yeux, Douglas Murray fait partie de son top 6.— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) September 19, 2013
— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) September 16, 2013
Morgan Ellis hasn't played in any of the three scrimmages and won't play again in the 2nd pre-season game. And he's not hurt. Odd.
2. Renaud Lavoie
Lavoie left RDS for TVA Sports, for some reason ($), so he will undoubtedly be the go to guy if and when the Nordiques come back. Why is he this high on the list? (Nordiques suck)
Waivers: Blanchard, Nicolas CAR Boychuk, Zach CAR Jordan, Michal CAR Palushaj, Aaron CAR Peters, Justin CAR Staal, Jared CAR Davison, Rob SJ— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) September 22, 2013
One of the only people who does this.
Lars Eller a indiqué aux journalistes qu'il ne voulait plus parler de sa dernière commotion cérébrale. Il se sent bien et c'est derrière lui— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) September 13, 2013
Atta be Lars
Le CH ne fera pas d'offres à Simon Gagné pour le moment. Comme pour bien des équipes, s'il y a des blessés la situation pourrait changer.— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) September 13, 2013
We already have one injury prone over the hill French Canadian thank you very much
Hybrid icing try out will start during the preseason. In the next 2 weeks, the NHLPA will decide if it will be implement during the season.— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) September 13, 2013
A lot of his French tweets are followed up by English ones, which is cool of him.
3. Guillaume LeFrancois
Hell of a last name eh? Bad. Ass. Sounds like a Bond villain. Guillaume is a high quality follow and should be on your list if he isn't already on it.
#Habs Price sur Tinordi: "C’est un gros joueur robuste et il sait jouer au hockey, il est mobile. Je l’aime bien, un bon gars en plus."— Guillaume Lefrançois (@GLefrancoisRC) September 22, 2013
#Habs Therrien sur Bournival: "Il est hot ces temps-ci."— Guillaume Lefrançois (@GLefrancoisRC) September 22, 2013
Bournival, so hot right now
What a tweet
Les partisans montréalais du gardiens des Hurricanes Mike Murphy seront déçus. Il est renvoyé dans la Ligue américaine— Guillaume Lefrançois (@GLefrancoisRC) September 21, 2013
4. JF Chaumont
JF writes for the Journal and is a noted and respected member of the beat scene.
John Scott en chiffres: 5 points (1b, 4a) en 180 matchs dans la LNH, mais 305 minutes de punition. Un poète de 6 pi 8 po et 270 lb...— J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumont) September 23, 2013
This is why you follow JF.
#Habs: "J'ai connu une saison OK l'an dernier" - Brendan Gallagher. Il aura encore faim cette saison, il ne prend rien pour acquis.— J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumont) September 11, 2013
5. Richard Labbe
Rounding out the top 5 is Richard Labbe who is a write for La Presse. Give him a look.
Ça jase pas mal de C.Price ici ce soir. J'imagine à peine ça va être quoi s'il part la saison avec deux défaites de suite.— Richard Labbé (@Richardlabbe) September 22, 2013
De la galerie de presse, le maillot des Canes ressemble au vieux maillot de l'Armée rouge de Moscou. C'est là que la comparaison s'arrête.— Richard Labbé (@Richardlabbe) September 21, 2013
Because they're bad
Je ne vais jamais comprendre cette "règle" non-écrite qui stipule que dans la LNH, un gars qui donne un plaqué légal doit ensuite se battre.— Richard Labbé (@Richardlabbe) September 21, 2013
Le CH prévoit une foule de quelque 10 000 personnes ce soir à QUÉ. Flop ou succès selon vous?— Richard Labbé (@Richardlabbe) September 20, 2013
Hamilton Bulldogs media member
This is tricky because frankly I don't know many of them. Our number 1 is the clear cut number 1 authority on the Bulldogs within the media realm.
1. Derek Wills
Derek is the PBP announcer for the Bulldogs so you can pretty much get most if not all of your Bulldogs info from him when the media is concerned. Whoever drafts him will have Bulldogs advantage.
He live tweets the Bulldogs scrimmage games.
Good intensity in the first on-ice sessions of training camp. Guys are finishing their checks, battling for pucks and position...and jobs.— Derek Wills (@dogsplaybyplay) September 21, 2013
The hardest battle is the battle for a job. I had to kill 3 people to get mine.
Akim Aliu forces a turnover in New Zealand
Remember your roots.
I guess he knows Mayer a lot better than we do
2. Um, Wills again?
Contrary to popular belief, there are other Habs sites out there, and there are several other bloggers who write for those sites.
Here's my top 6, though I could have made a top 26.
1. Dan Kramer
Dan writes for All-Habs and is a contstant flow of information, opinion and analysis on both the Habs and Bulldogs. (He likes the Bulldogs too much, IMO)
Is it a shame?
Poor performance of the powerplay a mild concern. Yes, #Habs were missing Subban. But Markov was in. Can't depend entirely on one player.— Dan Kramer (@DanKramerHabs) September 22, 2013
Yes we can
I think it was Darnell
2. James Stephan
James writes for The Hockey Guys. James is a good writer for The Hockey Guys. James has a good twitter account.
I can see it now - #Pens sign Bryz - He steals Fleury's job, and asks him - "Why you heff to be med? Is only hockey, is only game"— James Stephan (@J_Habs) September 22, 2013
Is only game!
Wow Tinordi 3rd star - You know you're good when a Shutdown D becomes a star #HitMachine— James Stephan (@J_Habs) September 22, 2013
If we were talking about music the hit machine would be Michael Jackson
Michael Mother-Friggn McCarron #Habs— James Stephan (@J_Habs) September 21, 2013
ET LE BUUUUUTTT— James Stephan (@J_Habs) September 16, 2013
I think the Habs scored just before he tweeted this.
She's a free agent (hint hint, Andrew) and a great follow. See examples below:
Because goals were scored in that game, you had no clue.
#Habs Therrien on Tinordi: "We wanted him to be a physical presence. He did that tonight, he's paying attention to that aspect of his game."— Chantal (@habsgirl4life) September 22, 2013
Chantal always tweets quotes from players, coaches etc. Good stuff
That would have been awesome. A shorty by a shorty.— Chantal (@habsgirl4life) September 21, 2013
Frighteningly unprepared for my fantasy draft, but pretty happy with team Oh What Khudobin.— Chantal (@habsgirl4life) September 18, 2013
Khudobin a V8. Wait...nevermind.
Erica has been part of the Habs blogging world forever. She's self employed, or at least that's what her bio says. Give Rookie a follow if you're not already doing so.
Sounds like the #Habs have changed their goal song to "Le but." I'm cool with it.— Rookie (@HabItHerWay) September 16, 2013
So am I
Dear @CanadiensMTL: Next season can we have the kind of e-tickets that you can have scanned on a smartphone instead of printing?— Rookie (@HabItHerWay) September 15, 2013
I don't dance, so much as I just pretend to be Victor Cruz.— Rookie (@HabItHerWay) September 15, 2013
Quality tweet right there
Guys if we all pool our savings and/or win the lottery we could start a pro hockey team and put Gill on it— Rookie (@HabItHerWay) September 3, 2013
Solid plan right there
Trying to buy Habs tickets every year = proof that I hate myself as much as I love this team.— Rookie (@HabItHerWay) August 31, 2013
Everything you need to know about Habs prospects ever forever and for all time. He makes us feel good when Habs prospects do well.
Links to local articles about prospects that you would have otherwise never been aware of.
Silky mitts bro
6. Avi Goldberg
Goldberg is a genius. He's a professor, a great writer and a genius. Have I mentioned he's a genius? Yes I did, 2 times, that's the joke.
I think player 61 missed his nap today. #Habs— Avi Goldberg (@AviGoldberg) September 16, 2013
Diaz sucked that night
The kid flunked out
Teenagers with a ton of money and all the attention that comes with being a Habs prospect. What could go wrong?
1. Mike McCarron
In la belle province!!! #HABS— Michael McCarron (@MacAttackUSA93) September 5, 2013
Shopping at lulu is becoming a daily activity #oops— Michael McCarron (@MacAttackUSA93) September 3, 2013
The same band that played at Obamas inauguration is here at the wedding haha #beauty— Michael McCarron (@MacAttackUSA93) September 1, 2013
Ain't nothin in the whole wide world like a southern girl 👍— Michael McCarron (@MacAttackUSA93) August 27, 2013
Seeing were the Millers twice in the same week #yanaimean— Michael McCarron (@MacAttackUSA93) August 13, 2013
Still haven't seen it
2. Zach Fucale
He really loves the Habs. Like, really, really loves the Habs
Montreal Canadiens main camp!— Zach Fucale (@Fucale31) September 9, 2013
Thanks to everyone for such awesome support! Merci a tous pour les mots d'encouragements!— Zach Fucale (@Fucale31) September 9, 2013
Honored! What a day! Quelle journée incroyable !— Zach Fucale (@Fucale31) September 14, 2013
I only realized what just happened this morning as i woke up ! Woah ! Habs
— Zach Fucale (@Fucale31) July 1, 2013
Merci à tous les fans et aussi au @CanadiensMTL pour un excellent camp! Une belle première experience!— Zach Fucale (@Fucale31) September 17, 2013
3. Jacob de la Rose
Looks at the tweets below and tell me they're not awesome
Helvete vad jag sett fram emot denna dagen, äntligen dags att dra på sig 9an och bränna ut i Tegera igen!— Jacob de la Rose (@JacobdelaRose) September 14, 2013
Vill inte ens veta hur löjligt det måste sett ut när vi kubba runt! Eftersvetten därefter , tackarrrrrr— Jacob de la Rose (@JacobdelaRose) September 10, 2013
Jag och Simon Mattsson genomförde nyss en 3 km löptur genom Borlänge i skjorta jeans och converce för att hinna med ett tidigare tåg! #pin— Jacob de la Rose (@JacobdelaRose) September 10, 2013
Trevligt samtal med Foppa precis avslutat, skönt å höra att pöjken sköter sig på andra sidan Atlanten— Jacob de la Rose (@JacobdelaRose) September 8, 2013
The classic prospect twitter account
@bgamache27 ur a beaut— Nathan Beaulieu (@natebeaulieu) August 2, 2013
Miss u @AGally94 😩— Nathan Beaulieu (@natebeaulieu) July 17, 2013
drizzy Drizzy DRIZZY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Nathan Beaulieu (@natebeaulieu) June 16, 2013
Accounts with less than 300 followers
This is a fantastic category as it gives us true potential to find a diamond in the rough. Here we go:
[Editor's note: None of these guys may be eligible after all the follows they pick up in the next 24 hours]
1. Ian Hermelin
Ian is a great follow, it's a shame he has so little followers. His interview pieces are really great.
All this depth upcoming on the habs blueline tells me that Markov will need a monster season if he has dreams of staying here.— Ian Hermelin (@Hermy11) September 21, 2013
Komisarek & Hainsey on Carolina's back end. Remember when they were the habs future top d-pair? This is the 1st game they've played together— Ian Hermelin (@Hermy11) September 20, 2013
Oh what Khudobin
He only has 60 followers, which is kind of insane seeing as he's a good follow. He's from the Netherlands too (expat), which is exotic.
Oh my… Martin St-Louis' legs pic.twitter.com/8jGGsmmFmD— Leon Bolduc (@Habitted) September 17, 2013
This was really cool
Hey @AndrewBerkshire I'm lazy, any news about Collberg's knee?— Leon Bolduc (@Habitted) August 7, 2013
He knows where to go
3. Corey Collard
Corey is part of the MTL Hockey Talk crew (who will be featured here a little later on) and is as knowledgeable about hockey as anyone who is really knowledgeable about hockey.
Quick! Call an Inquiry! Alert the police and especially the oqlf. The RDS feed said "empty net" & not file desert. #Fireeveryone!— corey collard (@coreycollard24) September 22, 2013
I'm assuming the tech guy actually got fired.
My sarcasm meter blew up
Red Wings out on Lecavalier, Horton and Clarkson saying the asking price is ridiculous. Any wonder that this org. has been on top for years?— corey collard (@coreycollard24) July 2, 2013
It's because they're smart
Scott is very active and engaging on the twitter. He also has season tickets so he's at every game, literally. Check him out, he won't be under 300 for long.
Kadri has a higher AAV than the Norris Trophy Winner. Yup, sounds like a good deal to me.— scott chisling (@habsanalysis) September 11, 2013
One thing is forsure, Bergevin won't sign Lecavalier because of fan pressure. If he is the best move to make, it will get done. If not, not.— scott chisling (@habsanalysis) June 27, 2013
It was not not not not not a good move to sign Lecavalier
I love CBC. When Chara dives, he's trying to "sell the call". When Subban dives, he's a clown and has no place in hockey.— scott chisling (@habsanalysis) June 6, 2013
This also angers me
5. Canadiens UK Fans
Much love to our friends across the pond. Pip pip! Fancy a Ruby after the match? Cor.
Imagine all of these tweets in an English accent.
Former Montreal draft pick Andrew Conboy seems to be embarrassing himself in the UK EIHL. Ejected in FOUR games already this season.— Canadiens UK Fans (@CanadiensF) September 21, 2013
Sure hope we see the Carey Price who had a .923 regular season, .934 postseason save percentage in 2011 show up this year.— Canadiens UK Fans (@CanadiensF) September 10, 2013
That would be nice.
Other accounts that can be associated with the Canadiens in any way
They have to draft 8 of these accounts, each, so obviously there are a lot of you. Here is my top 8.Sorry if I left you out, there are a lot of you and you're all top 8 in my heart.
1. Jay Baruchel
My favorite celebrity Habs fan. He tweets about the Habs from his main account and his sports one. Must follows. He's filthy and hilarious and loves the Habs.
He too likes that Gomez is no longer a Hab
Congratulations Mike McCarron and welcome to Montreal you ginormous bastard you!!!— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) June 30, 2013
He is quite large
And finally, the Habs have lifted the city up since Feb and carried our hopes and pride on their shoulders. I say thank you boys.— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) May 10, 2013
What a strange character you are Tomas Kaberle.— Jay Baruchel (@JBsportsface) February 28, 2013
Jesus Glachenyuk is young.— Jay Baruchel (@JBsportsface) February 28, 2013
And good, real good
Grabovski will shoot pucks into the stands. Grabovski will bend the world to his will. Grabovski will eat all.— Jay Baruchel (@JBsportsface) February 28, 2013
Will is a must follow. He's hilarious. He's hilarious you guys.
A blue line featuring both Tinordi and Emelin sounds like a lot of fun.— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) September 22, 2013
And I mean A LOT of fun!
You have to be awful parents to name your kid Drayson.— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) September 21, 2013
I feel like they were going for Jason but the Mom was high on the epidural.
Poor Davis Drewiske. @CanadiensMTL can't even get his name right when announcing his injury.— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) September 19, 2013
They called him David!
Keeping in line with teams putting out weaker lineups during the preseason, RDS is giving Norman Flynn air time.— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) September 17, 2013
OMG HOCKEY IS BACK ON TELEVI.......oh, it's the Jets...— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) September 15, 2013
They don't count
Don't let the handle fool you, he's not a Bruins fan, he just lives in Boston. A MUST follow. He's also a Dr. so in addition to his Habs commentary he also weighs in on injuries which is awesome.
Just caught part of the feed from last night's game on RDS. What number does Larondelle where? Seemed all over the ice.— Doug (@Drdougboston) September 22, 2013
Oh so good.
The 21,000 live fans for a scrimmage is impressive. The impending downtown riots because YouTube blocked rights is a little scary.— Doug (@Drdougboston) September 14, 2013
That almost happened
Happy Team USA using Bylsma as head coach. Has a long history of getting bewilderingly unsatisfying results with top end talent.— Doug (@Drdougboston) August 28, 2013
USA! USA! USA!
So fucking sick of the const constant whining on my timeline. Douglas Murray is Batman: get over it.— Doug (@Drdougboston) August 24, 2013
4. Winter Lions
High quality twitter.
Much overlooked is Kessel's footwork. Incredible acceleration in his backpedal, all while setting up for a proper two-hander.— Winter H. Lions (@WinterLions) September 23, 2013
Have to admire that skill
Leblanc is just like Chipchura except easier to spell. #habson690— Winter H. Lions (@WinterLions) September 17, 2013
Good thing they can't chant GUY GUY GUY! for McCarron. That would be a real bad omen.— Winter H. Lions (@WinterLions) September 16, 2013
Learned 1 thing on that Bournival goal- the Bud Red Lights don't work for preseason.— Winter H. Lions (@WinterLions) September 16, 2013
To my wife and kids: Love you. See you in the spring. #hockeysback— Winter H. Lions (@WinterLions) September 15, 2013
Rick is plugged in. He does scouting, analysis and one time ate 47 hot dogs in one sitting (maybe)
So many smaller, talented and exciting players will never make the NHL while players with the ability to be huge will.— Rick Springhetti (@Rick1042) September 23, 2013
Being huge is a qualification that is necessary if you want to play for Brian Burke
Tinordi is hitting opponents as hard as white trash people hit the buffet line at an all-you-can eat buffet.:)— Rick Springhetti (@Rick1042) September 22, 2013
Scouting season has begun. Love being at the games hate having to write-up my reports. I think every scout feels the same.:)— Rick Springhetti (@Rick1042) September 22, 2013
Anyone recommend a dinner theatre within 2 hours of Montreal?— Rick Springhetti (@Rick1042) August 26, 2013
The Bell Centre
6. MTL Hockey Talk Crew
There are a lot of these guys and they do great work. I am collectively putting them as one entry because they're a stable and they stick together.
Notable members are: Nick Murdocco, Gary Whitaker, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard, Coach K, Steve Hindle, Joey Elias, Ted Bird, Alex Rabbat, Annakin Slayd, Jay Farrar, and many more.
Douglas Murray. The most Canadian Swedish dude in the world. He's Ikea wrapped in Home Hardware.— Alex Rabbat (@AlexRabbat) August 22, 2013
Gomez making 900k still makes him the most overpaid player in the NHL— Alex Rabbat (@AlexRabbat) August 1, 2013
Every link that has to do with the Habs ever.
Pateryn, Galchenyuk lead Canadiens rout of Canes http://t.co/G1QoerHEDt— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) September 21, 2013
You get the idea
8. The Habituals
One of my favourite follows. He's smart, funny and kind of jaded.
Unplan the parade #Habs— The Habituals (@theHabituals) September 22, 2013
Do we have to?
Ios7 upgrade vs Habs virtual waiting room for most hopeless wait ever...— The Habituals (@theHabituals) September 18, 2013
@BGALLY17 please score 50 next year in a response to this outrage.— The Habituals (@theHabituals) August 1, 2013
So there we go. A definitive pre-draft ranking for the Habs Twitter Draft. Remember to let us know why you deserve to be drafted with one of the final 2 picks for each team using the hashtag. Hope you enjoyed, Go Habs Go.