With the 126th pick of the Entry draft the Montreal Canadiens made a swing for the fences when they choose Jacob LeGuerrier. The defender has spent the last two seasons with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
While the program is strong and known for its ability to produce good players, the jury is out when it comes LeGuerrier. At 6’3 he is a stalwart in the defensive zone with good reach and strong physical play that has forwards checking over their shoulders when he is on the ice. However, his offensive qualities are unknown and it is uncertain if his ceiling is high enough to reach the NHL. If he does he can play an imposing style of game, being a stable and reliable defender who can balance a more offensively minded partner.
While LeGuerrier has improved over time in the Soo he is still very much a raw talent and he needs to pay more attention to detail in order to reach the NHL. At the moment it seems that LeGuerrier relies on his reach and strength to overcome difficulties. As he matures and goes thought new levels of hockey he will need to adjust this thinking in order to develop further.
Jacob LeGuerrier was not ranked by McKeens, Hockey Prospect or Future Considerations, and Montreal really took a swing for the fences with this one.