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Wednesday Habs Links: The Canadiens are interested in Kerby Rychel

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including easing Galchenyuk into centre, trading for Kerby Rychel and why there is no such thing as a high risk, high reward draft pick.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Alex Galchenyuk's junior coach Jacques Beaulieu had nothing but positive things to say regarding the forward. Beaulieu reiterated that playing centre may be a difficult task for Galchenyuk due to his relative youth and that the Canadiens should slowly ease Galchenyuk into playing centre if they want him to be successful. [TSN]
  • The Montreal Canadiens seem to be one of the teams interested in acquiring Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Kerby Rychel. Rychel was taken 19th overall at the 2013 Entry Draft. [Sportsnet]
"Would not be surprised if Montreal is one of the teams in on Kerby Rychel, who may not be a Blue Jacket much longer. Columbus is looking for defencemen and is loaded with good, young forwards."
  • With the Blue Jackets looking to bolster their blue line, take a look at how they rate the Canadiens' defensemen and find out which defenseman they would ideally like to see headed back to Columbus in a trade involving Kerby Rychel. [The Cannon]
  • On the flip side of the coin, here's why the Canadiens' should be targeting Rychel and who they can possibly part with in order to land him. [EOTP]
  • The underwhelming playoff performances of two Canadiens' forwards landed them each an unfortunate spot on the 2015 NHL Playoffs All-Bust Team. [Grantland]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • Here's why the term "high risk, high reward player", may in fact be highly inaccurate when it comes to drafting. [NHL Numbers]
  • Dumping and chasing the puck has become a tactic that many Canadiens' fans are aware of but here's a breakdown on why said tactic is truly ineffective. The following passage especially stood out. [JENLC13]
"Essentially, whenever one of the teams dumped the puck out of the zone they had a much greater likelihood to be defending against an offensive attack than pressing their own. When paired with zone exit data by team and player, it is easier to identify strengths and weaknesses in the systems used and the players. The higher the player’s number of uncontrolled exits from the defensive zone, the more likely the player is either forced to defend the opponent’s attack immediately following his uncontrolled exit or get off the ice and leave his teammates to defend the attack."
  • The Anaheim Ducks have moved away from icing low-risk veteran defensemen in favour of playing younger, more mobile blue liners this year. The Ducks now employ four defensemen under the age of twenty four, all of whom have played a big part in improving Anaheim's puck possession numbers. [NHL]
  • With the Eastern Conference finals now underway, revisit the rather infamous Martin St.Louis trade and take a look at how it has impacted the current Tampa Bay Lightning team. [Rawcharge]
  • Don Cherry didn't taken too kindly to players on Team Russia leaving the ice prior to the Canadian national anthem being played. [Puck Daddy]
  • In what has become an annual tradition with regards to the Arizona Coyotes, Glendale's city councillors will meet to look over the arena management contract they presently have with their hockey club. [TSN]
  • Only in Russia would you find a hockey playing bear. No seriously, it is an actual hockey playing bear! [SB Nation]