Future Watch: Montreal Canadiens Hockey Cards, Trio to collect

Future Watch: Montreal Canadiens Hockey Cards, Trio to collect: The Montreal Canadiens are quickly becoming a team to be reckoned with in the NHL.

One of the reasons they are having recent success is the play of some of their young players. Teams draft with the hopes their players can eventually have an impact in the NHL. A combination of home-grown players developing, and smart trades have given Canadiens’ fans a lot to cheer about. This franchise has always had a legion of collectors and all these players will do is just add to that.

Alexander Romanov was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 38th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. This rookie defenseman isn’t going to get a ton of points this year due to Shea Weber and a few others getting first unit time, Romanov is on the second unit. This fast-skating blueliner starred with CSKA Moskow the past two seasons in the KHL playing against much older talent. Romanov will be an elite defenseman in the NHL. Imagine getting tough assignments as a rookie, being a plus player, and being able to skate or pass the puck out of trouble at the age of 21.
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Nick Suzuki was one of the best trade acquisitions the Montreal Canadiens have made in a long time. It’s nice to get young talent but when a 21-year-old center can skate as well as he does and score in so many situations, that’s when you know you’ve done well. Still a young player in so many ways, Suzuki has now improved dramatically in his own end. This young star is averaging over 18 minutes a game and this pivot is always a threat to score on the penalty kill. Early into the second year of his NHL career, Suzuki is averaging .62 points per game.
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JJesperi Kotkaniemi was drafted third overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. Now in his third season, this center has all the ability that a top-six player is supposed to have. He has speed, great stick and puck skills, terrific vision, and now his overall game has improved as well. Korkaniemi’s 2020-21 season numbers have started strong and there have been a few nights where he’s dominated in the face-off circle. Kotkaniemi is just 20. Considering the NHL time he has put in it’s remarkable that the Finn is one of the ten youngest players currently playing in the NHL for players who have played five or more games this season. The future is very bright for him in the hobby.
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