This is a game-changer for the CH if they wanted to move back 7th to select Leonard https://t.co/v0aqpyio8L
– Nicolas Cloutier (@NCloutierTVA) June 28, 2023
After all, the top-4 teams are likely to draft a center, leaving Matvei Michkov to the Habs. And as we know, the CH isn’t necessarily a member of the Matvei Michkov fan club.
It’s not my favorite scenario on paper, but if the return is good and the context is good…
After all, it’s all going to come down to the dance floor. Many teams are linked to several different players, and we’ll see what happens when the draft rolls around.
I’m no psychic, but some signs don’t lie.
If Will Smith had to choose the team that would draft him tonight, Montreal would probably be at the top of the list.
His comments and non-verbals speak volumes.
The answer in less than 12 hours… pic.twitter.com/uJYAr6e4dA
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) June 28, 2023
But in reality, the most likely scenario is that the Habs won’t have the chance to draft Smith at #5 and that the other centers will also have found takers.
That’s why the feeling around the NHL is that the CH is going backwards. According to Elliotte Friedman, that’s really what people are thinking right now about the Flanelle, who aren’t done moving after the Alex Newhook deal.
Wednesday morning 32 Thoughts news pod…also featuring a quick chat with Nashville GM Barry Trotz. Links to your preferred platform here: https://t.co/io7Mr1QEpm Enjoy!
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 28, 2023
The club currently has just one pick in the top 68. Going after another could be a good idea… especially if the first four picks are Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson and Will Smith.
That’s something to keep an eye on… especially when you consider that the GM has said everything is on the table. But if the price is right and the draft goes smoothly, we’ll keep an eye on it.