Marek on 32TP gives us his top 5 picks:
1. CHI – Bedard
2. ANA – Fantilli
3. CBJ – Carlsson
4. SJ – Benson
5. MTL – Smith
EF: “I think the Canadiens would love it if they got Smith. There is a lot of teams who think if they don’t get Smith they’re taking Reinbacher”
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 19, 2023
In his eyes, the Sharks will take either Zach Benson or Will Smith, and whoever isn’t selected by the San Jose team will end up in Montreal. A scenario that appeals to me, that said.
Friedman went on to remind us how much the CH would like to get their hands on Smith, a player who is well known within the organization because of his relationship with Kent Hughes… And the Sportsnet informer, by the same token, once again linked David Reinbacher’s name to that of the Habs.
Will Smith, Zach Benson and David Reinbacher. We could add Ryan Leonard’s name to the discussion, but these players are very often mentioned in the discussion of the fifth overall pick in the next draft.
It’s interesting because, in the end, it all depends on the Sharks. After all, in a logical world, Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli and Leo Carlsson will no longer be available when the Sharks take to the podium to announce their pick.
And let’s not forget the Matvei Michkov file, which could also muddy the waters.
Honestly, I’ve rarely seen a draft so full of uncertainty. There’s no one who can really predict anything, other than Connor Bedard coming out on top and heading to Chicago…
In any case, the Habs should have the luxury of acquiring an excellent player. At that point, it will be a matter of preference… And the organization will have to determine who is the best player available at No. 5.
If it’s Will Smith, it’s Will Smith.
If it’s Zach Benson, it’s Zach Benson. You can see where I’m going with this.
However, I think it would be a shame to see the CH set its sights on David Reinbacher in a draft so focused on offensive talent. I’m not saying the Habs would go absolutely wrong with the big defenseman…
– Is it?
Hearing the @NHLFlyers are close to unveiling their new unis. Could be as early as tomorrow.
– Anthony SanFilippo (@AntSanPhilly) June 19, 2023
– The boys obviously had a lot of fun this weekend.
Big weekend for Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cole Caufield and P.K. Subban! pic.twitter.com/1wqqLxkWgp
– Maxime Truman (@MaximeTruman) June 19, 2023
– Speaking of the draft.
The most intriguing part of the 2023 NHL Draft will be when the clock starts ticking on the Canadiens at fifth overall if they decide to stay in that spot. @EricEngels looks at the options in front of GM Kent Hughes ahead of the draft in Nashville. https://t.co/HtVssk9pDI
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 19, 2023
– Josh Donaldson starts thinking about retirement.
A 13th and final season? 🤔⚾️ https://t.co/QKOYzh59ET
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) June 19, 2023