The Canadiens will be getting the 31st pick in the draft.
– Eric Engels (@EricEngels) June 14, 2023
The Panthers’ magical run to the Stanley Cup Final came to an end in five games, just like that of the Montreal Canadiens in 2021.
It’s a real shame for the Panthers, who had proved during the playoffs that they were an excellent team capable of taking top honours.
By beating the Bruins, Leafs and Hurricanes, three of the NHL’s powerhouses this season, we might have expected a better performance from the Panthers in the final.
Well, in the end, with the Panthers’ defeat last night in the Stanley Cup Final, the CH will get the 31st overall pick in the next draft, to be held on June 28 and 29.
Drafting a goaltender could be the CH’s avenue, considering that the organization is sorely lacking one or more top-notch prospects at this position.
Could giant 6’6″ Czech goalie Michael Hrabal be the CH’s 31st choice?
Note that he’s doing pretty well in French, as you can see at 1:21 of Anthony Martineau’s video below.
It’s impossible at this point to know which prospects will be drafted by the CH at the end of the month.
However, I did see in Buffalo that some were better equipped (😂) than others for a potential life in Montreal.
First post-Combine video.👇😃 pic.twitter.com/O5q8d65945
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) June 14, 2023
The second option would be to trade this pick to acquire a player who will be important to the team’s future, much like the Kirby Dach trade in the last draft.
The last time the Habs drafted at No. 31 was in 2021. Logan Mallloux was Marc Bergevin’s choice.
In a gust
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Le Canadien, le cinquième choix et le chaos du repêchage https://t.co/3rHSKQXpDy
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) June 14, 2023
– Of course it is. Reminiscent of the Tampa Bay Lightning beating the CH in the finals in 2021… Will the NHL adopt a rule to limit this kind of situation?
#VegasBorn had the highest cap payroll of all teams, ending the season with a cap hit of $96.5M
Their roster remained compliant through the use of LTIR, finishing the season $14M over the cap pic.twitter.com/hrd2shJrgd
– CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 14, 2023
Absolute class from Panthers coach Paul Maurice 👏 pic.twitter.com/woaADkA3mQ
– B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) June 14, 2023
– Congratulations once again to the Golden Knights.
This video says it all. Love you, friends.
– Gold and Steel (@GoldandSteelVGK) June 14, 2023
– To be continued on the Flyers’ side.