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The Montreal Canadiens select Matthew Bradley with the 131st overall pick

Bradley hails from the WHL

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Scouting Report from Hockey Prospect
Bradley, a two-way centreman is an energetic, fleet-footed and strong-willed forward who saw his draft stock steadily rise over the course of this season. Bradley excels most in terms of footspeed, faceoff skill and hockey IQ and saw his ice-time increase concurrently with his rise in draft stock.
Over the course of the last season he transitioned from a depth role to a top-six role. His promotion came as a result of his consistent play, as he finds a way to create a good amount of offense, a lot of energy down the middle and a ton of turnovers in all three zones on a game-to-game basis. His decision-making is also consistently good, making him a dependable presence on the ice most of the time. We also really like his work in the faceoff circle. Bradley's is solid on the forecheck, as he can turn into most passing lanes with surprising ease and unpredictability.
His high hockey IQ allows him to consistently anticipate where the passes are going. His hockey sense additionally allows him to make good passes and properly anticipate where his teammates are going, which makes him very good on the cycle and at keeping the offense alive. His shot is yet another threat, as exhibited by his 17 goals in his rookie season. All in all, Bradley is a dependable player in terms of faceoffs, offensive awareness and attention to defensive details. That dependability earned Bradley considerable time on the penalty kill this year, which allowed him to additionally show off some of his defensive skills. Even though he struggled to keep those minutes as the year wore on, he showed improvements in his shot blocking and clearing abilities. He's already trustworthy enough in the faceoff circle to be used in careful own-zone situations, so improvements in his defensive game and penalty killing capabilities will surely help him in developing in the future.