TORONTO — The Montreal Canadiens have seen how a fortuitous outcome in the NHL Draft Lottery might help a crew get again into the playoffs shortly.
The Canadiens, who had the fourth-best odds to win the No. 1 choose, moved up one spot Saturday may have the No. three choice when the 2018 NHL Draft is held June 22-23 in Dallas.
Montreal common supervisor Marc Bergevin was requested if he thinks it’s attainable to discover a participant at No. three who may play in the NHL subsequent season.
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“Yeah, it’s a possibility,” Bergevin mentioned. “From what our [scouts] are saying, it’s a good draft. At 3, you get a player who is probably going to play sooner rather than later.”
Last yr, the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers every moved up in the lottery, to No. 1 and No. 2, and chosen forwards Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, respectively. After failing to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Devils and Flyers returned this season with these rookies contributing. In 2016, the Toronto Maple Leafs received the lottery and chosen ahead Auston Matthews; they made the playoffs that season and Matthews received the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the yr.
Montreal made the playoffs 4 of 5 seasons earlier than failing to take action this season.
“It’s not a good feeling because you went through the pain of a season to get a lottery pick, so it’s not a fun season, but you’ve got to look ahead, not behind,” Bergevin mentioned. “We have to regroup, retool and move forward.”
Bergevin mentioned that after defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, projected to be the No. 1 choice in this draft by the lottery-winning Buffalo Sabres, there shall be a debate throughout the Canadiens about picks 2-5. He didn’t rule out buying and selling the No. three choose however steered it’s unlikely.
“It’s possible, but you suffer a lot to get that pick, so it would have to be a pretty good offer to move that pick,” Bergevin mentioned.
The Carolina Hurricanes made the largest move, leaping from No. 11 to No. 2 with a three.7 p.c probability to take action. Hurricanes president Don Waddell mentioned in a yr when the No. 1 selection is just about assured, having the No. 2 choose permits them to dictate their end result.
“We know what’s going to happen at No. 1, so by having the No. 2 pick at least we’re going to control it,” Waddell mentioned. “At 3, you’re worried about who is going at 2, but at 2, you certainly know who is probably going at 1, so you can really plan for who you really want to take if you keep the pick.”
Right wing Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League may very well be chosen No. 2. He had 72 factors (40 objectives, 32 assists), 174 pictures on aim and a plus-26 ranking in 44 video games this season.
Players who may go in the highest 5 embody left wing Brady Tkachuk of Boston University in Hockey East; proper wing Filip Zadina of Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League; defenseman Evan Bouchard of London (OHL); defenseman Noah Dobson of Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL); defenseman Quintin Hughes of the University of Michigan in the Big Ten; and defenseman Adam Boqvist of Brynas in the Swedish junior league.
Waddell mentioned the great fortune will alter the way in which the Hurricanes strategy their offseason, their first below new proprietor Tom Dundon, who’s seeking to rent a coach and common supervisor.
“I certainly think it’s going to change our plans. The option of having the No. 2 pick is a lot more valuable than at No. 11,” Waddell mentioned. “You’re going to talk about the pick you are going to take at 2 could potentially come right to your team. The value if you decide to trade that pick, what that value could be with that type of pick, so I think this changes 100 percent the thinking. At 11, I think everybody is comfortable that you’re going to get a good player but probably not a player that’s going to jump on your team right now. The value of trading at 11 is much less than trading the second overall pick at the draft.”
The 15 NHL groups that didn’t qualify for the playoffs participated in the lottery, which was held in Toronto. The Ottawa Senators and Arizona Coyotes fell out of the highest three to picks No. four and No. 5.
“We knew with the odds, our highest odds were going to be having the fourth pick, and we think top four is pretty special, and we know that player has a very good chance of playing for us next year, so we’re pretty excited about that,” Ottawa common supervisor Pierre Dorion mentioned.
As a part of the commerce to amass middle Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5, the Senators have the choice to retain hold this first-round choose and as a substitute ship their first-round choose in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Avalanche.
“Yes, most likely it looks like we will be keeping the pick,” he mentioned.