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2024 NHL Draft Eligible Prospect Cayden Lindstrom With Hall-Of-Famer Mario Lemieux in the Background
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The Next Mario Lemieux to Join the Canadiens? Draft-Eligible Forward Cayden Lindstrom Looks Absolutely Incredible

Published January 1, 2024 at 3:18 PM
BY AARON

The General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Kent Hughes, has repeatedly expressed his intention to continue the team's rebuild through the draft or the trade market, showing a preference for these approaches over signing lucrative deals during free agency.

It's evident that the Canadiens have added excellent players to their organization in recent drafts. Looking at the CH's selections since 2019, we can see that many players will be key elements for the team for many seasons to come.

Young talents like Cole Caufield, Kaiden Guhle, Juraj Slafkovsky, Jayden Struble, and Rafael Harvey-Pinard are already making a significant impact on the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge's performance. Additionally, prospects such as Lane Hutson, Logan Mailloux, Filip Mesar, Jacob Fowler, Owen Beck, Sean Farrell, and Bogdan Konyushkov could also play important roles in the team's future success.

Currently ranked 26th in the NHL, the Canadiens are poised to potentially obtain a top-10 pick in the next draft. With a challenging schedule ahead and the possibility of Hughes trading some veterans at the trade deadline, the stage is set for the CH to add another impact player to their organization in June 2024.


Fans would love to see the Canadiens draft a player of the caliber of Macklin Celebrini, Cole Eiserman, or Ivan Demidov. However, unless they win the lottery or fall drastically in the standings, the chances of such a scenario are slim.

Nevertheless, there are still very talented prospects who could be a significant help to the CH in the coming years. One such prospect is Cayden Lindstrom, a center from the Medicine Hat Tigers. The 17-year-old, standing at 6'4" and weighing nearly 215 pounds, is a force to be reckoned with.

« Not a bad scenario [drafting Cayden Lindstrom] for the CH if it comes to that!

You don't always need to draft first overall to add a prospect who could eventually have a considerable impact on your club! » - Marc-Olivier Beaudoin

Lindstrom's imposing size would be a great addition to Martin St-Louis' top-6, given his excellent vision and natural scoring ability. In 32 WHL games this season, he has racked up an incredible 27 goals and 19 assists.

Imagine a duo consisting of Juraj Slafkovsky and Lindstrom – opposing defenses would be terrified, facing these two powerhouses.

Lindstrom undoubtedly possesses a lot of talent and could become an impact player in the NHL. He has high potential and it would be exciting to see him in a Canadiens jersey in the near future.


Cayden Lindstrom is definitely a name for Montreal fans to remember for next summer's draft!

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The Next Mario Lemieux to Join the Canadiens? Draft-Eligible Forward Cayden Lindstrom Looks Absolutely Incredible

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