The Canadiens have the opportunity to get their hands on Zdeno Chara's successor

Published June 15, 2022 at 10:44

As you know, Zdeno Chara is one of the most recognizable names in the NHL.

Everyone knows Chara's name, and he has certainly been one of the standout players of the last 20 years, for different reasons.

He is the tallest player to have played regularly in the NHL (at 6 feet 9 inches) and despite his shortcomings as a skater, he has always made himself useful.

His intelligence and positioning allowed him to play 72 games in the NHL this season, even though he just turned 45. That is truly remarkable.

In total, he has played 1,680 games in the National Hockey League (and has 680 points).

Now that Chara's future in the NHL is uncertain, now that he might hang up his skates, he seems to have a successor: Jack Sparkes.

Sparkes, 18, is already an impressive 6-foot-8 (+1⁄4-inch), according to the official measurement recorded at the NHL's Combine.

We remind you that he is only 18 years old!

Sparkes is ranked 127th among top North American prospects, according to NHL Central Scouting. He will possibly be drafted in the 6th or 7th round this year, if not, he can try again next year.

One thing is certain, his current head coach really believes in him:

There are more than a few scouts who have exclaimed to me, "He's got Chara's size, but he skates better than him!" - Rich Ricci, Sparkes head coach

He believes he has the next Zdeno Chara on hand, but skates better.

How would you like it if Kent Hughes and the Canadiens drafted him with one of their seventh round picks?


For the interesting details:

Remember that Zdeno Chara was drafted 56th overall in 1996.
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The Canadiens have the opportunity to get their hands on Zdeno Chara's successor

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