Pierre Dorion spent Monday huddled with his closest advisors at the club’s downtown headquarters fielding phone calls to prepare for the NHL draft that gets under way Thursday.
The Ottawa Senators general manager remains open for business with the No. 7 selection at the Bell Centre, and there’s no shortage of interest with several teams trying to move up, get a first-round selection or a second pick in the top 10.
As noted in this space last week, the Montreal Canadiens have the No. 1 overall selection, but they’d like to give their faithful something to cheer about so newly-minted GM Kent Hughes has been calling around to see if he can acquire a second pick in the top 10.
Hughes confirmed Monday he is trying to move up. He didn’t rule out dealing the No. 1 overall selection but it sounds unlikely. The best-case scenario would see the Habs land Kingston’s Shane Wright and centre Logan Cooley of the U.S. National Development Team program.
“We have the ability to add an importance piece or pieces because we do have multiple picks,” Hughes said at the club’s facility in Brossard, Que.
While the Arizona Coyotes have the No. 3, No. 27 (from Carolina via Montreal) and No. 32 selections (from Colorado), we’re told GM Bill Armstrong has let teams at the top of the draft know that he wouldn’t mind another selection in that area.