Firing a Russian scout last year is one of the main reasons → https://t.co/0z6lMLtVUl
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) May 10, 2023
For some time now, we’ve suspected that Connor Bedard and Adam Fantilli would be the first two players drafted on June 28. Obviously, there’s still time for things to change, but this would be a major turnaround.
At the same time, let’s not forget what we said about Shane Wright last year…
That said, in the draft lottery, the Blue Jackets unfortunately lost the chance to draft in the top-2, dropping from second to third. It’s not ideal, of course, but there are still some good players who will be available when their turn comes.
However, in the last few hours, the team’s GM, John Davidson, has openly stated that his club will draft a center in the third spot.
There will be virtually no intrigue regarding the Blue Jackets’ pick 😲 https://t.co/JXMdpJZ6rj
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) May 13, 2023
It’s a bit rare to see a GM talk so openly about his plan, isn’t it?
In fact, it’s not necessarily a huge surprise considering that Will Smith and Leo Carlsson, both tipped to emerge in the top-5, are center players. Nevertheless, it confirms what we suspected: Matvei Michkov is not an option in Columbus.
It’s been in the air for a while, but now it’s confirmed.
Although relatively predictable, Davidson’s statement has an impact on the Tricolore. The fact that Mishkov won’t be selected third overall (and isn’t likely to emerge in the top-2) means that the Sharks will determine whether the Tricolore will have to make a decision on the young Russian forward.
It should also be remembered that, according to Championnat (a Russian media outlet), there’s not the slightest chance of Michkov being drafted by the CH. So, if the Sharks don’t take him, the Tricolore could well look outside the top-5.
Clearly, then, the Blue Jackets won’t make a decision for the Tricolore in the case of Michkov, they’ll take a center (who will almost certainly be Will Smith or Leo Carlsson). The question, then, is what the Sharks will do, which could have a major impact on the Habs’ future.
– Sad news.
Condolences to the Henri Richard family on the passing of Lise, wife of the legendary #16. A great lady.
– Michel Lacroix (@M_LacroixRDS) May 13, 2023
– The CH’s misfortune is making many other clubs happy, including the Blue Jackets.
Florida’s win over Toronto improves #CBJ extra first-round pick – the one acquired from LA in the Gavrikov / Korpisalo trade – up to No. 22 overall.
If Seattle bows out to Dallas tonight, it’ll stay at 22. If Seattle comes back to win that series, pick would move up to No. 21.
– Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) May 13, 2023
– Dougie Hamilton could go under the knife.
#NJDevils Dougie Hamilton shared he hurt his wrist “pretty bad” towards the end of the Rangers series. Said they are in the process of seeing if surgery is required.
– Kristy Flannery (@InStilettos_NHL) May 13, 2023
– Yanni Gourde, a player made for the playoffs.
From late-bloomer to two-time #StanleyCup champion, and now an important contributor for the @SeattleKraken, @YanniGourde continues to impress on the playoff stage: https://t.co/8EPyQ88xWo pic.twitter.com/GhsgwMUvjZ
– NHLPA (@NHLPA) May 13, 2023
– Things are going well for the Tigers gunner.