It looks like Marc Bergevin hit the jackpot with his first draft pick as general manager of the Canadiens, selecting Alex Galchenyuk with the No. 3 pick last year.
Galchenyuk made the team as an 18-year-old and played in all 48 games, posting 9-18-27 totals and an impressive plus-14 while displaying skills that should thrill Habs fans for a long time.
Bergevin’s job will be tougher this year since he won’t pick until No. 25, unless he makes a deal to move up.
“I have no idea (what to expect),” Bergevin told NHL.com. “When you’re picking 25th there are a lot of things that can happen in front of you. Last year we only had two picks ahead of ours, so we had a good idea of where we were going. This is completely different.”
The Canadiens have six picks in the first three rounds, more than any team, including three in the second round. The Canadiens will pick at No. 25, 34, 36, 55, 71 and 86.
“Especially the early seconds, Nos. 34 and 36, those are really good picks,” Bergevin said. “They’re appealing picks.
“We could have six (picks), we could have four or we could have eight,” Bergevin said about the possibility of making moves. “Everything’s possible. We’ll talk to teams about moving up or making some changes, but I think in the last two days before the draft is when teams will start really talking.”
At last year’s draft, the St. Louis Blues had the No. 25 pick and selected defenceman Jordan Schmaltz from the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. This past season, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder played for the University of North Dakota, posting 3-9-12 totals and 31 penalty minutes in 42 games.
The Canadiens’ website put together a list of the Top 10 No. 25 draft picks, which went like this:
No. 10 – Marc Denis, 1995, Colorado
No. 9 – Patrik Berglund, 2006, St. Louis
No. 8 – Chris Simon, 1990, Philadelphia
No. 7 – Gilles Gilbert, 1969, Minnesota
No. 6 – Todd Gill, 1984, Toronto
No. 5 – Tomas Jonsson, 1979, New York Islanders
No. 4 – Brenden Morrow, 1997, Dallas
No. 3 – Cam Ward, 2002, Carolina
No. 2 – Mike Murphy, 1970, New York Rangers
No. 1 – Mark Howe, 1974, Boston
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