NHL draft: Habs seek diamond in the rough

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes in Thursday morning’s Gazette that although the Canadiens are picking 25th in the first round of Friday night’s NHL draft, there is hope they could pick a quality player at that position.

And while the Canadiens say the draft isn’t as deep as everyone had predicted, they believe they will still be able to draft a good player, although it would likely be a third-liner according to Trevor Timmins, the Canadiens director of player development.

But the Habs and Timmins have had success selecting later in the draft recently, with 11 of the players on last season’s squad having been selected after the first round.

Read Hickey’s full article here.

In his Standing Pat column, Hickey also writes that there is help at forward available for the Canadiens at the draft, including Nicolas Deschamps, Joe Colborne and Greg Nemisz. He also suggest the Canadiens won’t draft Belarusian Mikhail Stefanovich in the first round despite his talent and friendship with Sergei Kostitsyn.  Read his full article here.

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