The various draft-day scenarios were a lot easier to figure out for Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens a year ago. A tremendous turnaround season can sometimes have its drawbacks. Entering the NHL Draft, to be held June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the Canadiens hold the 25th pick, one year after getting to select blue-chip center Alex Galchenyuk with the third selection. "I have no idea [what to expect]," Bergevin, the Canadiens general manager, said Thursday. "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." What the Canadiens lack in quality they make up for in quantity. Montreal has six picks in the first three rounds, more than any team, and three of those are in the second round. The Canadiens will pick at No. 25, 34, 36, 55, 71 and 86, giving them ammunition to either improve their first-round spot or to load up on prospects in what is widely considered to be the deepest draft in years. "Especially the early seconds, Nos. 34 and 36; those are really good picks," Bergevin said. "They're appealing picks." Bergevin said he is willing to consider trading one or more of those picks to move up in the first round if "the price is not too steep," but he appears just as willing to move down. "We could have six [picks], we could have four or we could have eight. Everything's possible," Bergevin said. "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." Bergevin said he anticipates a lot of movement at this year's draft, not only with regards to picks but player movement.
Canadiens looking to make most of multiple picks
NHL.com | Jun 21