“It is not completely excluded that Demidov slips to 5th place”

“It is not completely excluded that Demidov slips to 5th place”
“It is not completely excluded that Demidov slips to 5th place”

In a few weeks, the Canadian will have the fifth right to speak in the draft. This is the first time that the club will draft this high since… 2023, when David Reinbacher was chosen fifth overall.

I wonder if Carey Price, another fifth overall pick, will return to announce all crooked the choice of Flannel.

Between now and June 28, when everyone is gathered in the Vegas sphere, everyone will be trying to guess who the CH’s choice will be. I already started a little this morning… #CaydenLindstrom?

Basically, even though we are a few weeks away from the auction, we understand something: the “pivot” choice of the auction will occur well before the Canadian’s choice, unlike last year.

In 2023, we knew that Connor Bedard was going to be the first choice, but we also knew that, in order and disorder, Leo Carlsson, Adam Fantilli and Will Smith were going to come out before Montreal’s choice.

In fact, this season, we agree that from the second choice (Chicago), it could go in several directions.

Scott Powers, who covers the Chicago Blackhawks for The Athletic, wrote a piece on the fact that it is not yet known whether Ivan Demidov or Artyom Levshunov will be the Illinois club’s choice.

The way I see things right now, I really feel like it’s impossible for Demidov, a premier left-shooting winger, to fall out of the top-3 and Levshunov, a premier right-handed defenseman plan, sort of top-4.

But when reading a paper by Marc Antoine Godin, from Radio-Canada, we find the following words:

That said, it is not completely excluded that Demidov slides to 5th place, which would undoubtedly be a godsend for the Canadian. – Marc Antoine Godin

I’m not holding my breath on this one and I still think that if Demidov lands in Montreal, it will be because the Canadian will have managed to move up in the draft via a transaction (which is possible) on auction day.

Let’s also remember that the Canadian would be confident of having a good attacker on hand, given the fact that several defenders could go quite high in the draft.

The way I see things, I believe that Celebrini, Demidov and Levshunov will not be available for the CH. It will just remain to be seen whether the Ducks or the Blue Jackets will choose a defender to leave all the other attackers to CH.

Arpon Basu, from The Athletic, took part in the game by trying to target the needs of the clubs ahead of CH in the draft. And his observation is that the Blue Jackets can take the best player available and that the Ducks would benefit from taking Levshunov.

This would possibly leave Lindstrom at CH. But obviously, it’s still early to conclude anything.

Note also that according to Bob McKenzie, five defenders will be drafted in the top-10, including two in the top-4: Anton Silayev and Artyom Levshunov. In his eyes, only Celebrini and Demidov will therefore not be available for the CH among the forwards.

A lot of

– Logic.

– The CH looks bad, indeed.

– Ouch.

– To note.

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