You can picture it already, can’t you? Alexis Lafreniere, outfitted head-to-toe in bleu, blanc et rouge, bursting onto Bell Centre ice as public address announcer Michel Lacroix belts out, “Mesdames et Monsieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, Accueillons nos Canadiens!”
Because that whole scenario became tangible on Friday when, during Phase 1 of the NHL’s Draft Lottery, it was determined that one of the eight losers of the play-in round will land the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.
And yeah, the Montreal Canadiens may only be looking at a 12.5 per-cent chance of snagging this franchise-altering player in Phase 2 of the lottery, but them winning out in that situation seems more conceivable than a team that won just 31 of its 71 games this season beating a Pittsburgh Penguins team that put up the NHL’s seventh-best record from October through March and proved to be vastly superior in nearly every relevant category. Even if the odds don’t support that notion.
Did you buy your Canadiens Lafreniere jersey yet?