I started doing this exercise 5 years ago, simply motivated by curiosity; how will I perform compared to an NHL team? I think we all are puzzled by some of our team selections, it felt necessary to me to actually do the exercise so I can factually compare how I would perform and not be biased by my selective memory when I am judging their work. In order to be sure about each and every pick I made I end up spending a lot of time on this every year, a lot more than I originally anticipated, it feels necessary for me to analyze every single prospects, including the top undrafted, it generally takes me around 1 month to go through everything, I give myself the luxury to spend some times after the draft to give my final list since there is a lot more information and videos on prospects once the draft been completed (I don’t have time to watch junior league level games during the year). How do I evaluate players? I mainly look at statistics, I always been good with numbers, at seeing patterns in them, otherwise I take the time to check as many highlights as I can on players I feel interested in, I also had access to independent scouting reports to complement my evaluations of players. To further help me evaluate prospects accurately, I developed a software during the last year, there will be more info about it down bellow. My main criteria of evaluation are; 1. Statistics (relative to league and age), 2. Speed, 3. Size, 4. Character, 5. Defensive play. Unless you are an enormous player with grit, if you don’t have good statistics I won’t bother looking further into that prospect, if you are not dominant at junior level and don’t see how you will be able to compete at the NHL level few years from now, that being said you always need to be careful with statistics and look further into them; taking into consideration ice time and quality of linemates. About the videos I watch, mainly highlights(that's mostly what I have access to), they don’t mean much to me, because obviously it is only a small sample of plays which turned out well, but I still watch them mostly just to have a confirmation on the player speed which is the attribute I value the most by far, and if possible have a glimpse on the level of competitiveness. Defensive play is there at 5 and barely there because I have to rely on other sources and it is hard to evaluate accurately in the first place. Things like IQ and shooting don’t need a further look because they should translate into the criteria I value the most, statistics. I guess it is very easy to cheat on this and adjust retrospectively your picks, I provided links for proof for every year. Sorry if some of links are a bit messy, particularly for the first 2 years, I will be giving precisions about them. So here are the picks: (You can compare with the Habs selections: Elite Prospects - Players drafted by Montréal Canadiens) 2013: *1st:25. Marko Dano (C) - KHL - 5’11  2nd:34. Robert Hagg (D) - SHL - 6’02 -  2nd:36. Nick Sorensen (R) - QMJHL - 6’01 -  2nd:55. Artturi Lehkonen (L) - SM-Liiga - 5’11 -  **3rd:71. Pavel Buchnevich (L) - KHL - 6’02 -  3rd:86. Oliver Bjorkstrand (R) - WHL - 6’00 -  4th:116. Eric Roy (D) - WHL - 6’03 -  6th:176. Lucas Wallmark (C) - SHL - 6’00 - Undrafted (#97 in 2014) ***7th:206. Nikita Tryamkin (D) - KHL - 6’07 (19) - Undrafted (#66 in 2014) Proof; http://hfboards.mandatory.com/posts/68451473/ More info on my list; http://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/my-view-on-2013-draft-slip-and-undrafted.1485675/ Great list, but this is the list that needs to most clarification for different reasons; * This is the only pick for which I would say this; if I would be evaluating players the way I currently am, I would not have drafted Dano. I don’t mean with insights, I mean at draft time. First, you can look back at Dano's predraft stats, really hard to accurately evaluate them, secondly, I didn’t check enough highlights during that first draft attempt and considering his size he isn’t fast enough for me, particularly in the 1st round. Considering the way I now evaluate prospects, it would probably would have been Shea Theodore, but the selection I made at the time is Dano, which is why I will leave it there. Dano still somewhat alright considering other close options. ** The only pick of all of my picks which base on the links for proof I offer you you could debate it to be one of my actual pick. Let me explain, Buchnevich was a player I was very high on since the very beginning, I made a quick first list and post on the Montreal board. Once I posted that list I got heavily criticize by a guy name Grant McCagg, former Habs scout. Here is the quote: "As for Buch....... helluva lot easier for someone to say they'd pick Buchnevich than to actually do it. Not one NHL teams was willing to waste a second rounder on a flaky Russian..that's 100+ senior scouts and 30 head scouts who thought differently than you...but hey...it's easy to sit back and say "I'd have taken Buchnevich." If by the off chance he actually has a lengthy, successful NHL career..the Habs prospect expert will always be able to come back on here and say "I told you so!"...so what's the risk for him? Buchnevish flops and you can always blame it on the NHL team not giving him a proper chance...and how the lure of playing in the KHL was too much. Easy." I guess he had some notoriety and some valid points, since I also liked Peter Cehlarik at that spot I made the change, because anyway I would deserve no credit for drafting Buch… Couple of weeks later, I realized that was dumb and I should go for the better player, I changed it back to Buch on my personal computer files, but never actually changed it on HFB. But you will see in the 2015 draft one, I post all the draft I made thus far, he is the one I got there. Cehlarik is still a great 3rd rounder in my book, so either way take it as you like. *** Here again, the only time I added a pick like that, MTL didn’t had the 7th rounder on draft day. I always put him there, for me he was exactly the type of high reward 7th rounder you want to go for, 6’7 Russian D playing in the KHL, I didn’t understand why he was under everyone's radar. Unfortunately, the Habs only had one late rounder, and I was also puzzled why Wallmark was left untaken, so I added a 7th rounder in the end. I told myself at the time if I was a real scout I would have asked for a trade to get him (like you often see teams do at draft in the 7th round). This is the pick the Habs traded for Parros which I thought was dumb acquisition also. Whatever take it as you like, if I had a 7th rounder with any other team I would have drafted Tryamkin. 2014: *1st:26. Nikita Scherbak (R) - WHL - 6'01  3rd:73. Brayden Point (C) - WHL - 5'10  5th:125. Ondrej Kase (R) - Czech - 6'00  5th:147. Adam Ollas Mattsson (D) - Allvsk - 6'04  6th:177. Axel Holmstrom (C) - SHL - 6'00  7th:207. Vladimir Tkachev (L) - QMJHL - 5'09 - Undrafted Proof: Complete NHL 2014 draft review (Players drafted too high/low & best undrafted) Ok, that is not an exact list, not sure if I either never posted it online or I can’t find it anymore, but that list still suffice, every player I drafted is on that list, aside from Scherbak (because I didn’t consider him a steal), if I wanted to cheat I would a pick someone else than Scherbak anyway. Also, if you follow the order the pick would have been 125. Lindblom, 147. Mattsson, 177. Ondrej Kase, 207. Tkachev. And this is actually better since Lindblom is superior to Holmstrom, Lindblom was indeed in front of Holmstrom on my list, but Kase was in front of both and I didn’t want to cheat it, so he is there at 125. At least, I had good reasons to be high on Kase, on top of the fact that 2014 was a pretty weak draft in the later rounds. In the next year list, you will see my 2014 draft list which confirms those selections. *I was extremely high on Pastrnak, this is the player I wanted as I told multiple times pre-draft on the MTL board. (proof bellow) Who should be Montreal's first pick NHL.com 2014 Mock Drafts (Feb 13) Unfortunately, he was taken 1 rank before the MTL pick, so I went with Scherbak. This is part of the game, I understand it happens to every team at some point, Scherbak is my pick and I have to live with it, but when I saw how well Pastrnak perform right after draft, it actually pisses me off a bit to be honest, so from then on I didn’t hesitate to make virtual trades if I felt like it was necessary. Also, by 2016 I will give a list of which players I will draft for every ranks instead which is much more representative of my work I spent a lot of time on. 2015: 2nd:!38. Daniel Sprong (R) - QMJHL - 6'00  2nd:!58. Oliver Kylington (D) - SHL - 6’00  3rd:88. Filip Ahl (LW) - SHL - 6'03  5th:131. Cooper Marody (R) - USHL - 6'00  6th:177. Nikita Korostelev (R) - OHL - 6'01  7th:207. Nathan Noel (C) - QMJHL - 5’11 - Undrafted (#113 in 2016) 26th pick trade for Columbus !38th and !58th. (As shown in the link, if I don’t make the trade, my pick was Beauvillier) Proof: http://hfboards.mandatory.com/posts/104390363/ Finally a clear list as proof. Though you can see that I made some final adjustments, like I said I give myself time after draft to give my final list, I always put players in and out before coming to my final results. A peculiar one you might be looking at is Ryan Pilon, which retired during that summer, but if you look at the last edited date, I made my final adjustments before the announcement, and it actually was because I was hearing too many bad reports about how horrible is interviews went at combine, that he was disinvested about hockey which made sense in the end. 2016: 1st:9. Mikhail Sergachev (D) - OHL - 6’02  3rd:70. William Bitten (C) - OHL - 5'10  4th:100. Jacob Moverare (D) - OHL - 6’02  5th:124. Tim Gettinger (LW) - OHL - 6’06  6th:160. Jesper Bratt (LW) - Allvsk - 5’10  7th:187. David Bernhardt (D) - SHL - 6’03 -  Proof: http://hfboards.mandatory.com/posts/119436427/ Hey I don’t need to justify anything. You can see the new method I am using where you can see who I would have draft depending on each rank. 2017: !1st:23. Kristian Vesalainen (LW) - SHL - 6’03  2nd:58. Max Gildon (D) - USDP - 6’03  !3rd:75. Alexei Lipanov (C) - VHL - 6’00  3rd:87. Ostap Safin - (RW) - Czech - 6’04  5th:149. Alexander Chmelevski - (C) - OHL - 6’00  7th:199. Pavel Shen - (RW) - MHL - 6’00 - Undrafted 1st(25) and 2nd(56) trade for ARI !1st(23) and !3rd(75) (As shown in the link, if I don’t make the trade, my pick was Kostin, the 2nd rounder was Brook) Proof: http://hfboards.mandatory.com/posts/133854841/ Once again the player I really wanted was pick just before the Habs pick, this time I didn’t hesitate to make a trade. I also started to developed a software which would help me evaluate players, you can find more info here; http://hfboards.mandatory.com/threa...eligible-players-data-analyzer.2350541/page-2 For trades I am using this guideline, I make sure I am the one losing the trade in terms of value in order to make it realistic: http://i.imgur.com/XPlDmE8.png ___ Here you have it, looking great thus far. I seem to be doing better than a whole team of NHL scouts being paid full time to watch junior games and share together their knowledge by spending approximately 1 month mainly analyzing statistics and looking at some highlights. Even with MB lack of acquisitions to help the team and 8+M floating, MTL would be stacked and would have an overload of players who are cracking the team. LW - C - RW Pac - Point - Gallagher Buchnevich - Galch - Bratt Lehkonen - Danault - Bjorkstrand Byron - Shaw - Kase Extra: Plekanec, Hudon, Dano, Carr, Hemsky? Tkachev could be in the team, he wouldn’t had issue to come to NA have he been drafted. Call-up: Sprong, Scherbak, Wallmark. Most notable NCAA/Europe: Marody, Sorensen. Most notable prospects: Vesalainen, Safin, Gettinger, Lipanov, Bitten. LD - RD Sergachev* - Weber Alzner - Petry Benn - Tryamkin (might not have left to the KHL, had issue with Vancouver) Extra: Hagg, Schlemko. Call-up: Kylington, any of the 5 7th D we have. Most notable prospects: Gildon, Moverare, Bernhardt. *As the chief scout of MTL I would not have let the Sergachev and Drouin trade go through and it wouldn’t have been necessary anyway in the context of this prospect pool (a surplus of forwards). G Same minus Fucale I didn’t draft any goalie, partly because it simply turned out that way, partly because it is much harder to predict how goalies will turn out, so it feels very risky to many, there is always other good options and partly because we had Carey Price. ___ I will attempt to continue to update every year. Don't hesitate if you have any remarks or questions.