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#36 Brett Lernout

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Position: Defence
Shoots: Right
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 205
Born: 24 September, 1995
Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Drafted: MTL 2014 (3nd Round / 73rd Overall)

From Canadiens.com:

Swapping picks No. 87 and 177 to the Arizona Coyotes for No. 73 overall, Canadiens director of amateur scouting Trevor Timmins opted to beef up the team’s depth chart by drafting 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman, Brett Lernout in the third round.

“We made that trade to move up because we wanted to make sure we had the chance to draft Brett,” explained Timmins of the hulking blue-liner, who had 22 points and a plus-7 differential in 72 games in 2013-14, while leading the Broncos with 103 PIMs including 11 fighting majors. “I looked at the teams drafting in front of us and thought there was a good chance he wouldn’t be there if we had stayed.”

Jumping from 80th at the midterm rankings to 52nd among all North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting at the end of the season, Lernout turned heads at the NHL Combine in early June by dominating a few of the fitness tests. Finishing first in a pair of jumping tests – vertical leg power with and without pause – he also tied for second among all prospects by completing 12 pull-ups. Described as “big, tough and nasty” by Central Scouting’s B.J. MacDonald, it’s no surprise Lernout lists Chris Pronger as one of his biggest hockey influences.

“He’s a big, strong, strapping defenseman,” added Timmins. “He’s tough as nails and has a heavy shot. We wanted to add some size on defense and he was a good fit.”

Lernout didn’t make the trip to Philadelphia to hear his name called in person, but the Winnipeg native will be in Brossard, ready to put his big body and intermediate-level French to use at the team’s summer development camp in July.

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Nothing against Lernout, but we now have Dietz, Hanley, and Lernout with the team... what did Ellis do to deserve such a short stint with the NHL club and then a quick return down to the AHL? Once again, this seems like a move from the club that is not supported by actual talent evaluation.

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Another player getting an opportunity to show their skills because of an injury. Good luck Brett. Enjoy the off season Nathan. We will have used about 63% of our players who tried out on defence at training camp. Of the 19 invitees only Thrower, Brown, Bennett, Juulsen, Didier and Johnston have not seen action with the Habs this year. Pretty phenomenal turnover, but a great chance to find some hidden grms in the system.

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