Lukas Vejdemo - Centre - Djurgarden - Sweden U20

Lukas Vejdemo – Centre – Djurgarden – Sweden U20

The Canadiens gave up their second and fourth round draft choices to Edmonton in order to land Jeff Petry. That left director of amateur scouting Trevor Timmins had to wait until late in the third round to make his second choice. In the 87th slot overall he took 6’2” Swedish centre Lukas Vejdemo 87th overall. Skipping to the fifth round (131st) it was Matthew Bradley, a centre with the Medicine Hat Tigers followed by Greenfield Park native Simon Bourque, a defenceman with Rimouski. His final choice, 207th overall was Ottawa 67’s left winger Jeremiah Addison.

Third Round – 87th overall – Lukas Vejdemo – Centre – Djurgården (Stockholm) Swedish U-20 – 6’2” 194lbs. 34GP   23 goals – 48 points. There many reasons players wind up going late in the draft. The primary reasons are speed and size.   Size and speed are not the problem with Vejdemo.   After breaking his leg while playing for Djurgården two seasons ago he was passed over in the 2014 entry draft.  Since then he has also grown a couple of inches.  Timmins thinks he stole him at this spot in the draft. Maybe so. He has great speed, has a hard-working two way game, has a heavy shot and can be physical. He was named the most valuable player in the Swedish Junior Championships in April.   At the conclusion of the draft Timmins told reporters “(Vejdemo) has more offensive upside than (Jacob) de la Rose at the same age, probably not as good defensively.  Our Swedish scout Christer Rockström deserves a lot of credit for identifying him.  He’s another guy who kept improving all season.  His development curve wa significant.  He’s a player that’s a strong skater.  Strong two-way play but he can create offense.  He’s got good vision.  Similar style to Wennberg in Columbus.  I’m not comparing players, just comparing styles, if you want to picture in your mind.”

Fifth Round – 131st overall – Centre Matthew Bradley – Medicine Hat Tigers WHL – 5’11” 187lbs. Last season was his first in the WHL. 17 goals, 23 assists in 71 games. Hardworking two-way centre. Very good skater. Good shot. Improved throughout the season moving into a top-six role with the Tigers. Excellent on faceoffs. Penalty killer. Good hockey sense.  Timmins assessment – “We see a guy with a ton of upside here.  We like his upside.  We like his hockey sense; his skating ability.  We’re looking forward to bigger and better things from him in the future.”

Sixth Round – 177th overall – Defenceman Simon Bourque – Rimouski Oceanic QMJHL – 6’0” 184lbs. 68 GP – 10 goals, 28 assists. Native of Greenfield Park. Taken by the Oceanic in the second round of the 2013 QMJHL midget draft. Has no outstanding traits but still was a top four defenceman on a team that went to the Memorial Cup. Lacks the kind of size that teams look for in defencemen today. Hard worker. Consistent. Moves puck well. Reliable defensively. Playmaker on the power play. Strong leadership ability. One scout compared him to Josh Gorges.  Timmins – “We really like his hockey sense.  He’s a smart defenceman. Sees the ice well.  Move the puck well.  And he did really well at the NHL combine.  Solid character player.  His athleticism is very good.  We noticed that at the combine.  We think he’s going to take his game to another level next year and the year after.”

Seventh Round – 207th overall – Left Wing Jeremiah Addison – Ottawa 67’s OHL – 6’2” 63GP – 19 goals 28 assists. Addison’s playoff may have made Canadiens scouts take notice. In 6 games he scored 6 goals and 4 assists before the 67’s were eliminated. Still, he has the reputation of being a two-way player who is good on the penalty killer. The Canadiens have to hope he’ll be a late bloomer.  Timmins assessment “He’s a power type forward with a really quick release.  He really improved this season.  He plays a hard game.  He drives the net and he gets a lot of points in tight.   He plays a hard style.  He’s not afraid to get his nose dirty and gets in the paint.”