A little Canadiens offseason primer with some information gathered at the combine and elsewhere. His name is sadly missing here, but @MAGodin was a huge part of the reporting process: https://t.co/vEDYbl7dPf
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 14, 2023
There are rumours that the club isn’t interested in Matvei Michkov, and there are rumours about just about every big player in the upcoming draft.
All in all, it’s hard to predict who will be the Habs’ first pick in the upcoming draft.
Both men have a rating of 4.00… but let’s just say I wouldn’t put my money on Michkov, who will be interviewing NHL teams shortly. I really think the CH will pass if he’s available to speak.
Of course, you wouldn’t expect to see Connor Bedard on the list.
Still, I’m surprised not to see Adam Fantilli, given that the Habs have been linked to the Ducks in trade rumors involving the second overall pick.
In the end, it’s special to see that the first three men on the list aren’t center players. I really get the feeling that Kent Hughes would like to draft a center.
After all, this should be the Canadiens’ last big pick for the future, since the plan in 2024 is to draft a little higher than fifth. Taking a good center would add interesting depth. And a center can more easily play on the wing than the other way around.
All this to say that the Habs will likely draft a player who isn’t likely to make the jump directly to the NHL. Chances are we’ll see the player in Montreal a year from now (unless it’s Michkov), that said.
And that’s where the CH could take an even bigger step forward.