Five scenarios for the Canadian ranked fifth in the draft

Kent Hughes had been prepared since the end of the season for the Canadian to be drafted fifth, that is to say according to the place where the team had finished in the standings, or even sixth, where the probabilities of the lottery gave him gave the greatest chance of landing.

No one, therefore, will complain that CH inherited fifth place in the draw on Tuesday.

However, it is not an easy position to occupy for the Habs, who are starting to get used to it. Last year, perched at the same level, he was faced with difficult decisions before selecting David Reinbacher.

Marc Antoine Godin’s explanations

Certainly, the team is guaranteed to draft one of the best forwards available at the end of June. If the one she targeted is still at the fifth level, thank you good evening, it’s settled. The problem is that this draft is mostly full of good young defenders and it is always risky to draft based on your needs.

We believe we have depth in defense, specifically among left-handed defenders. So if we could look for another forward player who we believe is capable of becoming a top player, a top 6 attacker, that’s definitely something that interests us.

A quote from Kent Hughes, general manager of the Canadiens

But the fact remains that it could be a right-handed defender who is available, if we really are taken and we believe that he is the best player available given to our choice”,”text”:”But the fact remains that it could be a right-handed defender who is available, if we really are taken and we believe that he is the best player available given our choice”}}”>But the fact remains that it could be a right-handed defender who is available, if we really are taken and we believe that it is the best player available given to our choiceadded Hughes during a videoconference which followed the draw.

The last thing a team wants coming into the draft, especially one with such a high draft rank, is to be taken poorly. She wants to be able to maneuver at ease.

What happens if, in the frank assessment of the organization’s scouts, these are defensemen who represent the best prospects available? Organizations devote so much energy to properly evaluating prospects and designing their draft list, it’s hard to imagine the Canadian reorganizing his in order to prioritize forwards.

If our scouts truly believe that these are defensemen who are the best players available, we will have to evaluate what the separation is between the number 5 prospect and the number 6 prospect, replied Hughes. We will definitely plan based on that, but I cannot yet say how we will do it.“,”text”:”If our scouts truly believe that these are defensemen who are the best players available, we will have to evaluate what the separation is between the number 5 prospect and the number 6 prospect, replied Hughes. We’re definitely going to plan based on that, but I can’t yet say how we’re going to do it.”}}”>If our scouts truly believe that these are defensemen who are the best players available, we will have to evaluate what the separation is between the number 5 prospect and the number 6 prospect, replied Hughes. We will definitely plan based on that, but I cannot yet say how we will do it.

The DG indicated that he was very likely“,”text”:”very likely”}}”> very likely that he selects a player with this fifth pick. A few days ago, he told the TSN network, during the Under-18 World Championship, that he was considering the possibility of making a trade if the best players available were to be left-handed defenders.

The teams that are eyeing Anton Silayev, Sam Dickinson or Zeev Buium therefore do not have to worry too much about the CH pulling the rug out from under their feet.

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Zeev Buium is also one of the best prospects available in the upcoming draft. He helped the United States win gold at the last World Juniors.

Photo: AP / Adam Ihse

The Bleu-blanc-rouge is right to believe that there is excellent hope within its reach in fifth place. But the path to arriving at his decision may be interesting. Let’s look at different scenarios that will surely be on the table at number five.

Draft Cayden Lindstrom

If the great center of the Medicine Hat Tigers is available at number five, no one would be surprised to see him don the tricolor sweater. There is no doubt that Lindstrom checks several boxes that could pique the interest of the team’s management.

He has a very good skating ability for his imposing frame of 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) and 95 kg (210 lb), he has shown good scoring instincts, works well in tight spaces and has the tenacity to attack the center of the enclave. For a team looking to improve its talent pool as much as add toughness, Lindstrom would be a logical choice.

Lindstrom, who was a third-round pick in the WHL draft, is also a prospect whose stock has skyrocketed in the first half of the season. Many didn’t see him as a first-round pick before this year, and the venerable Bob McKenzie didn’t have him in his top 16 at the start of the season.

His exit from the starting blocks impressed, but a broken hand and rumors of back pain limited him to 32 games this season during which he scored 27 goals and 19 assists. Barely back for the playoffs, Lindstrom chose to skip the Under-18 World Championship.

Not only will the CH have to shed light on his state of health before drafting him, but above all must be certain that his takeoff in the first half of the season is not a mirage, and that this sample indeed corresponds to its trajectory and its true potential.

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Advancing towards Ivan Demidov

There is no way the San Jose Sharks, who scuttled themselves in hopes of drafting Macklin Celebrini, will give up the universal first pick. Is there a slim chance that the Canadian could steal the second overall pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in order to secure the services of Russian Ivan Demidov?

Last year, Hughes attempted to make deals to get the Anaheim Ducks’ second pick or the Sharks’ fourth pick, but was unsuccessful.

It would probably take more than the Canadiens’ fifth pick and the first-round pick he inherited from the Winnipeg Jets – which will be somewhere between 24th and 27th – to convince the Hawks, who must already be salivating imagining Demidov and Connor Bedard in the same trio.

That said, it is not completely excluded that Demidov slides to the fifth level, which would undoubtedly be a godsend for the Montreal team.

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Jarome Iginla’s son, Tij, has seen his popularity rise throughout the season.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Darren Calabrese

Dare Tij Iginla

Let’s assume that Demidov and Lindstrom have already been chosen and that the CH persists in its desire to request an attacker. Will he stretch his neck to draft Tij Iginla?

Jarome’s son had a very good season in Kelowna, but not everyone sees him as a top-5 prospect.

The 1.82 m (6 ft), 82 kg (180 lb) forward, whose NHL future likely lies on the wing, is one of the youngest players in this draft. And even if he doesn’t have all the power of the father, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

He is first and foremost a scorer, as evidenced by his 47 goals in 64 games. But he is also a pugnacious attacker who gains the center of the slot, who wants the puck on his stick, who takes advantage of the strength of his lower body to emerge from the corners of the rink with the disc, and who is efficient in forecheck.

Iginla is coming off a standout at the World Under-18s, where he started slowly before becoming more and more dangerous as the tournament progressed. He had the knife between his teeth and found a way to make himself useful even when he wasn’t moving the ropes. He was named player of the game in the semifinal against Sweden, then scored the game-winning goal and had two assists in the gold medal game against the United States.

A question that is likely to come up in discussions among Canadiens recruiters: what are the chances that Iginla will still be available at 9th or 10th place? Could we take the risk of moving back a few ranks?

Move back a few ranks

The adage in recruiting is that when you like a player, you draft him. There is always a risk, by wanting to go back a few rungs, of losing the hope that was targeted at the start.

In a draft so rich in defenders, there is still reason to wonder if Iginla, or even a Berkly Catton, a Beckett Sennecke, a Cole Eiserman, a Konsta Helenius or another attacker likely to interest the Habs would deserve that We sell the fifth choice in order to draft a little later.

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Konsta Helenius, tipped to be in the top 10, played in the Finnish professional league last year with Jukurit Mikkeli.

Photo: AP / Bjorn Larsson Rosvall

What makes this scenario unlikely in our eyes is that this type of exchange, already uncommon when you are this high in the table, often includes additional choices as compensation. However, the Bleu-blanc-rouge does not seek to accumulate more choices. For a drop down a few ranks to be worthwhile, he would need to inherit an active player who could really help him.

Opt for a right-handed defender

We felt it in Hughes, it would be a little reluctant that he would turn to a right-handed defender with the fifth choice. But in a hypothetical scenario where the team saw a real disconnect between Demidov, Lindstrom and the other offensive prospects, those two were no longer available at the fifth level and no other forward was worthy in their eyes of the fifth choice, perhaps he would have to fall back on a right-handed defender.

The Belarusian Artyom Levshunov, who this year was the youngest player in the NCAA with Michigan State, has good size and does not hesitate to get involved in the attack. In the long list of good defenders in this draft, he was constantly seen near the top of it.

The explosive Zayne Parekh is probably the most bubbly offensive defenseman in this draft, and he’s also right-handed. At 17, he easily finished as the leading scorer for the Saginaw Spirit, the host team of the Memorial Cup.

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