Former Habs first choice takes advantage of opportunities

Published December 17, 2021 at 3:50 PM

With the 26th overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Montreal Canadiens selected right-handed defenseman Noah Juulsen.

*Two picks later, not wanting to twist the knife, the New York Islanders took Quebecer Anthony Beauvillier.*

Juulsen was never able to settle in on a regular basis with the Tricolore, in part because he was never able to stay healthy. On January 11, 2021, the organization decided to place him on waivers, which is when the Florida Panthers claimed him.

He will have only spent in Florida with only four games played with the big club. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks last October.

Slowly but surely, the 24-year-old has been building his confidence with the goal of settling into the NHL for good. Obviously, his head coach Bruce Boudreau seems to like him a lot, considering that he is currently playing in the Canucks top-4 defense.

He played no less than 17 minutes last night against the San Jose Sharks, which is an opportunity for him to prove himself in the big leagues.


Juulsen has never been a high scoring defenseman in the pros, but he plays good hockey defensively. He wouldn't have hurt the Montreal Canadiens this year, who are sorely lacking in right-handed defensemen in their lineup.

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