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The Canadiens could try to move up in the draft
The Canadiens currently have the fifth overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft. But things could change between now and draft night.

We’ve already told you that Kent Hughes is not closed to the idea of trading the Canadiens’ fifth pick. In the minds of many, trading this pick would be a tactic similar to last year’s move to bring an impact player like Kirby Dach to the team.

This time, trading the fifth pick would be used to move up in the draft. This was the suggestion of tipster Darren Dreger on TSN 690 in Montreal on Thursday.

The TSN tipster explained that the Habs could trade their pick and that it would make much more sense for them to move up than down. The team is rebuilding and needs a player with enormous talent. Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson or Will Smith would be good options.

The problem here is that Fantilli, Carlsson and Smith should all be drafted before the fifth selection. This leaves Kent Hughes with little choice but to draft Matvei Michkov or a higher-ranked player.

But the Habs don’t seem to want to select Michkov.

Kent Hughes even confirmed that Michkov’s selection is scary. Using a fifth choice for such a risky player is indeed scary. But he didn’t dismiss the idea.

The Canadiens’ challenge now is to do their homework. Without any research, the Canadiens would probably have drafted Shane Wright last year, but they realized that the best choice for them was Juraj Slafkovsky.

There’s still plenty of time before the draft, and we have to trust that Kent Hughes will do everything in his power to select the best player available.

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