Grant McCagg: Emil Heineman has the potential to play in the top three

Grant McCagg: Emil Heineman has the potential to play in the top three

Without fanfare, Emil Heineman is probably one of the hopes of the Habs who had one of the best performances in the rookie tournament. The 20-year-old striker scored a few goals and showed some interesting qualities.

Also, on the most recent edition of Tony Marinaro’s Sick Podcast, former scout Grant McCagg mentioned that he especially liked the 6-foot-2, 194-pound Swede’s performance.

He has the physical assets. His shooting and skating are already NHL caliber. He doesn’t have great hands or agility, but he is a good straight line skater. These two qualities will give him the opportunity to reach the NHL.

-Grant McCagg

McCagg adds that due to the glut of strikers in Montreal, Heineman will have to play Laval Rocket first. In the American League, however, he should get a lot of time on the ice and can work on his game.

However, there is a small important “twist” to consider in this case.

In fact, as happened with Mattias Norlinder last year, the attacker’s contract includes a special clause. According to this, Heineman has an obligation to return to Sweden if he does not break with the Canadian’s line-up this year. Since the chances of him playing with the Habs are slim to none, he will return to the other side of the Atlantic.

You can also read my colleague Félix Forget’s text on the subject to find out more.

In the end, McCagg isn’t expecting a stellar offensive run from the Panthers’ former second-round pick, but he sees him in a supporting role:

He certainly has the potential to be one of the top 9 players in the NHL.

-Grant McCagg

Last week, Mathias Brunet had also described the youngster in a similar way in one of his texts, mentioning that he was “spiritual, quick, responsible, but more limited offensively.”

Like McCagg, Brunet doesn’t think Heineman will become a 50-goal scorer, but he does think he could be a third- or fourth-row winger.

Reading these descriptions, some might be tempted to compare the Swede to Artturi Lehkonen, but understand that the Finn is far more offensively gifted than Heineman. By comparison, Lehkonen had 33 points in 49 games in the Swedish league at the age of 20, while the one acquired in the Tyler Toffoli trade only had 16 in 38 games.

But precisely, speaking of Toffoli, let’s remember that in this transaction, the CH had also won a first-round pick, which finally turned out to be Filip Mesar.

Ultimately, if Heineman, Mesar, or both end up getting a foothold with the Habs for the long haul, then we’re talking about a successful transaction.

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