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Thursday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens may have one of the top prospect pools in the league

Here are your daily links, including Marc Dumont on how the Habs’ prospects stack up against the rest of the league, Claude Julien’s confidence in Kotkaniemi, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs’ prospect pool may be among the best in the NHL. [TSN 690]
  • If it’s up to the coach, Jesperi Kotkaniemi will start the season with the Canadiens. [Twitter]
  • Montreal has had a rough history with some recent first-round picks. [La Presse]
  • It’s probably safe to keep counting on Paul Byron to produce short-handed.
  • Caroline Ouellette will be a technical coach for Les Canadiennes this year. [Les Canadiennes]
  • Artturi Lehkonen could be a sleeper pick for fantasy teams this season. [TSN]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Philadelphia’s Jori Lehtera has been questioned by police in connection to a cocaine ring. [TSN]
  • The Champions Cup will be live-streamed on Twitter.
  • Seth Jones is set to miss 4-6 weeks after injuring his MCL. [The Cannon]
  • The Ducks have announced that Corey Perry could miss up to five months after undergoing surgey for a knee injury. [Anaheim Calling]
  • The NHL and lawyers for former players have proposed to the court to start with four concussion trials beginning in 2019, with the specific cases yet to be determined. [TSN]
  • Tim Hortons coffee cups are featuring Marie-Philip Poulin and messages of support for the CWHL.