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Behind the scenes with the Habs at the 2019 NHL Draft

August 28, 2019

We’ve gathered here today in Vancouver for the first day of our draft meetings, in
preparation for the final touches to our draft board. In the past few weeks we’ve gathered a lot
of data with the NHL combines and two separate combines that we did on our
own. And we’ve analyzed the data, the experts in the different fields have reviewed it, and they’ve come up with some conclusions. And we’re hoping that that will help us in
making the correct decisions and putting together our final touches to
our 2019 NHL draft board. First of all… the guys need to understand what this ranking system is that you have. From performance, you see symmetry, movement quality, upper-body power… intensity… speed, agility, stamina. And the weight that we give to the guys, it’s…
we give more importance on lower-body power than on upper-body power. -Yeah. Got it. So we had 10 questions on compete level,
motivation, self confidence, coachability, teamwork, leadership, emotional stability, playing under pressure, dealing with adversity, and maturity. So that’s what the grades are based on, just
that section. So what we’ll do here, we’ll go through a
group of players, and I want you to point out anything that
stands out as a red flag or something we should be aware of. So, why don’t we start with Cole Caufield? Well, he’s got a good… really good cardio. He can add some intensity for the whole
shift. There’s nothing to worry about him, like no
red flags. Good strength. A good overall athlete. Cole Caufield, doc? Yes, he’s in my Top 10. Really good at being able to read the play,
retaining information, good thinker. He thinks the game. I really liked his reaction when he was asked
about his size. I really like the fact that he said, “If I
could be bigger, I wouldn’t be. I like the way I am, and I can get the job
done… with what I have.” Impressive kid. -I thought he was impressive. My area is real strong this year, I think. With the NTDP in the USHL, it’s one of the
strongest years I’ve seen. I think there’s, you know, a lot more American
kids playing now, so the numbers are up, so the more talented
kids are starting to rise, and your better athletes are playing hockey
now. I saw 208 games. I saw around 175 games. Oh, it’s about 180, 190… I think I saw 220 games. Well over 200 for myself. There’s a lot of different attributes we look
for in prospects. But we’re looking for a defining attribute. An attribute that will help the player get
to the National Hockey League level, and stay there. Whether it be a hard heavy shot… hockey
sense… speed… effort… So those are some of the examples. Obviously, a player that has all those attributes
in dimension doesn’t come along very often. You get a guy like Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby for example, players like that, who, you know, answer a
lot of those bells. Every regional scout has his list of players
he believes in. Those are the players I want to draft based
on the work I’ve done. Skating is very important. Of course skill, compete level, work ethic. Sometimes when I go home and write my report,
I don’t even know the score. It’s not important. It’s those individual players and how they
perform and if they have potential. It’s a projection. For us, it’s about four or five years down
the road, when these guys are physically mature and they’ve had a chance to develop, what
role can they play, what can they bring to the team? What are his strengths and weaknesses? What are things he’ll need to work on to develop
over the next four or five years? There are a lot of good players who play,
but won’t make it to the NHL. At a certain point, it’s about who wants it
more. Those guys will succeed. Character, determination, the full package. Trevor and Shane [Churla], of course they
want to question my opinions. And then it’s up to me to explain what I think
and why I think that. We’ll move on to another player. He can’t produce power. I don’t know if he’s been in the gym that
much, but… He’s not a good tester. We all know that. It is…there’s risk. I’ll be the first to tell you –I know the
kid better than anybody and I’ll tell you, there’s risk. 100 percent. We can’t take that. I’m not even going to argue that. He’s just going to improve. We can work with him and help him get better. Ok. We have guys like Trevor, Shane, and Serge
Boisvert who travel all over so they can compare players from different leagues. They’re in a better position to compare players
from the Western League versus Finland or Minnesota High School and they can rank those
players. We take that to make our draft board. Then we take a step back and analyze everything,
tweak it, and then we take that into the Draft. This is the last little bit of decision making
that we’ve got before we head to the Draft on Friday. We have to make sure we make the right pick
in that group. – Yeah That’s important. It’s key. Because they’re all different. – Yeah It’s tough to sort those guys out. – Yeah They all have something different. The process is the same. What differs now is the prospect pool for
the first pick. Last year, obviously we picked third overall,
so our prospect pool was very small for that first pick and we could spend a lot of time
on a fewer number of prospects. This year, we’re picking 15th. There’s a much wider, broader pool of prospects
that we have to spend a lot of time on. You could say it’s five times the work as
it was to pick No. 3. It’s the same pressure. We have to pick the best player. We have to get the best player available when
it’s our turn to pick. For us, this year the pool is bigger because
there’s a lot that can happen by the time we get to pick. No two teams think exactly alike. We’ll be well-prepared and our list will be
good to go so when it gets to No. 15, we’ll be ready. We have to be prepared for anything and everything. Obviously a lot of things happen on the draft
floor the day of the draft, right up until before your pick. A lot of those things are unpredictable. We are prepared, and Marc [Bergevin] prepares
himself and the team and he casts lines in the water with all the different GMs to be
prepared for different scenarios that may become available. Options for us, and options that other teams may come to us with, whether it’s before we get to sitting down at the draft table on
Friday, or once the draft starts on Friday. – [So, let’s get started. The first selection of the 2019 NHL Draft belongs to the New Jersey Devils.] [phone rings] Hello? For 15? It’s possible, yes. Thanks, bye. He said if you want to move back I’ll give
you a pick. – [The New Jersey Devils are proud to select…] – [The Edmonton Oilers select…] – [The Arizona Coyotes are proud to select…] What are you thinking, Trevor? We’ve got three guys there. We’ve got Arizona — no that’s gone. Minny, Florida, Philly. We need one more help. We need Dale [Talon] to take the goalie. Caufield? -Yeah Hello? No, don’t know yet. I’ll keep you posted. Wishful thinking at 15? – [The Florida Panthers select, from the US
National Team Development Program, Spencer Knight.] The goalie? Yeah We’re picking. We’re picking. Well you never know for sure. If you have a pool of players that you believe
that some of them may still be there, then it’s worth taking a chance moving back and
obtaining another pick, which you can use to maybe get 2-for-1. But you have to be careful, too. If there’s a player you like, then you step
up and take him. Hello? Yeah, what are you offering? Hold on. A third-round pick to move two spots. – No No, we’re picking.Thanks. What do you want to do? I say Caufield. We need goal scoring. We need power play. Let’s go Caufield. Caufield, let’s go. Caufield. Is that ok? Yep. That’s fine. We can’t miss there. Ok Tell him what [Cole] is and what you think
he’s going to bring. Right-shot goal scorer. – Yeah He find the open ice. He battles for ice. He gets goals in tight. He’s got a personality. He’s got some character. – Yeah he seems like a nice kid. – [The 15th selection in the 2019 NHL Draft
belongs to the Montreal Canadiens.] Our captain, Shea Weber, will make our selection. With the 15th-overall selection, the Montreal
Canadiens select, from the US National Team Development Program, Cole Caufield. – Hey listen, I mean he is a brilliant goal
scorer. And the Montreal Canadiens have never been afraid of drafting smaller players. You can go to Mats Naslund, you can go to
Brendan Gallagher, the Vancouver native, you can go all the way back to Henri Richard,
the Pocket Rocket. Well this guy might be a different form of
a Pocket Rocket with his ability to score. Thank you so much. Congrats, I’m so happy for you. Yeah, it’s a dream. Montreal, baby! Montreal! What’s up bro? Congrats! Hey! I love your hat. Thank you so much. Hey buddy. How are you? – Oh my God. I’m Brendan. Nice to meet you. How are ya? – Nice to meet you, too. I’m great. I’m so happy right now. Congratulations, bud. Thank you so much. It feels unbelievable. I mean, it’s a dream come true and I can’t
really put it into words right now. I mean, I still can’t believe it. Watching it as a kid growing up, it’s just
something you dream about. And to have it become a reality is surreal. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. Cole Caufield. Well, we were a little bit surprised and happy
he was there at 15. We expected him to be gone in the Top 10. He certainly overcomes his size with his heart,
his natural scoring ability, his hockey sense, his compete and battle. He’s a guy where, if he loses a puck, he gets
that puck back right away. He battles his heart out to get it. If you look at the records that he’s set in
goal scoring, obviously we can’t expect that to translate to the National Hockey League
in the exact same fashion, but we expect him to score at every level moving forward. Hello Montreal, I’m Cole Caufield here. I just got drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. I can’t wait to be a Hab and I can’t wait
to get things started.


  • Reply Habination August 23, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    WE shall see

  • Reply Carson Donaldson August 23, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Steal 🙌

  • Reply XXX DUTTacion August 23, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    You mean, behind the scenes of the Cole Caufield selection? Lol

  • Reply NHEHLERS August 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Thank god! I love these. Thank you guys so much

  • Reply NuKe 92 August 23, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    En 2 partie ou juste une partie parce que il manque les coulisses des 2ieme tour jusqu'au 7ieme tours.

  • Reply Levi Ackerman August 23, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I like how Bergevin is listening to Timmins

  • Reply NHEHLERS August 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Please show day 2 🙂

  • Reply Habs Rule August 23, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    By the looks of it, it was always been Cole Caufield for the Habs, you can see they were hoping he’ll be there at 15. I’m happy we got him.

  • Reply Serge Grandchamps August 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Fianally. A real and long clip… Well done and welcome to 2019

  • Reply Nolan P August 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    But how did they already have Caufield on the jersey if they didn’t know they were gonna draft him?

  • Reply Korhn August 23, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    En français?

  • Reply rtcharge August 23, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Not good picks

  • Reply Patrick Elias Fadel August 24, 2019 at 12:39 am

    So the VGK really tried to take our spot for a 3rd round pick? That’s funny

  • Reply askabourgo August 24, 2019 at 12:40 am

    America's deadliest sniper!!

  • Reply Péo Perreault August 24, 2019 at 12:45 am

    This is gem!

  • Reply XXX DUTTacion August 24, 2019 at 1:29 am

    I wonder who they were talking about when they said that they wouldn’t take a flyer on someone because of their poor testing? Maybe an Alex Newhook or a Bobby Brink? Leaning towards Brink tho, but no way I take him before Caufield.

  • Reply Nicholas Chamoun August 24, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Who’s the second player

  • Reply Dav Ghezzo August 24, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Inject this content into my veins

  • Reply John Avery August 24, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Ok, so between the 8:00 mark and 9:00 mark you can see Marc's drafting list on the table beside him. He is crossing out names as they get drafted. The list is visible and from a few frames you can make out the whole list(after some photoshop enhancing). It's the smaller slip of paper with handwritten names.

    7. Boldy
    12. Cozens
    13. Broberg
    14. Knight
    15. Kaliyev

    I don't think they meant to show that…

  • Reply Tommy Lapierre August 24, 2019 at 5:55 am

    So Vegas tried to trade the 17 first round pick and 3 round pick for the 15 first round pick. I am happy Bergevon refuse 😅😂

  • Reply alfredo paiz August 24, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Salmost two months after the draft still wonder ……..Dude mtl should count their lucky stars , how ‘da hell did this happen. Holly crap Caufield was still available smh…..

  • Reply floxy20 August 24, 2019 at 10:10 am

    In other words, it's all a crap shoot.

  • Reply 33 da Great August 24, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    De la façon dont Donald Audette parle, on dirait qu'il est en état d'ébriété !

  • Reply paddy160160 August 24, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Huge Rangers fan here… one of my favorite players in the entire league is Brendan Gallagher, Cole Caufield is a winner and a goal scorer I really think he's going to be an awesome player in this league, those two are going to mix it up, nobody can find Caulfield on the ice to stop him, congrats

  • Reply Pow Tow August 24, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Timmins is the to go guy, glad we have him

  • Reply Mathieu L August 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Génial ce vidéo. HABS pour la vie depuis 33 ans. #CH

  • Reply Mary Rowe August 24, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Good hearted sniper Cole Caufield

  • Reply EliteCanadian August 24, 2019 at 3:40 pm


  • Reply Benoit-xavier Lavoie August 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    jai eu des frissons quand il nous a rappeler gallagher et henri richard

  • Reply Michael MacRae August 24, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    I really love Struble.

  • Reply Andre Robert Drouin August 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    They finally picked a layer who is not afraid of traffic

  • Reply Marieville55 August 24, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks! GHG!

  • Reply Darryll Leask August 24, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Could tell they wanted Spencer knight but good pick on Cole Caufield

  • Reply XXX DUTTacion August 24, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    In case you were wondering here’s part of the Habs’ draft list:

    1. Hughes
    2. Kakko
    4. Byram
    5. Turcotte
    6. Krebs
    7. Boldy
    8. Podkolzin
    9. Dach
    10. Caufield
    11. Seider
    12. Cozens
    13. Broberg
    14. Knight
    15. Kaliyev
    16. Newhook
    17. Thomson
    18. Heinola
    19. Harley

  • Reply Samuel Bouchard August 25, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Vos reseaux sociaux depuis environ 2-3 ans c’est vraiment du bon contenu.

  • Reply Dragon B-C August 25, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Repêche un peu dans la lhjmq siboir

  • Reply Nicholas Alzugaray August 25, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    I want to know who was the horrible tester and player that has “a ton of risk”. Kaliyev?

  • Reply David Glazer August 25, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I wonder who they're talking about at 4:36

  • Reply Stevan Vukovic August 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I absolutely love these! please keep them coming!

  • Reply AV47 August 26, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Somebody knowa the name of the second beat (in the background) the one during the draft selection

  • Reply Ben Brunette August 26, 2019 at 1:24 am


  • Reply Ron Bonora August 27, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    If Caufield becomes a Henry Richard, that would be good enough! LOL

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