aPRIL 29, 2018 | 11:49aM ET
CANADIENS WOULD BE OPEN TO MOVING NO.3 PICK
Marc Bergevin, GM
The Montreal Canadiens moved up in the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night, securing the third-overall selection in this June’s NHL Draft.
The Habs went into the lottery in fourth position and technically moved up one position, but after the Carolina Hurricanes jumped into the Top 3, and ultimately won the second overall selection, Montreal could have ended up drafting fifth.
“Overall, it's a good day. We move (up) one spot,” said Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin after the balls dropped on Saturday night.
Bergevin hinted he would be willing to entertain trade inquiries for the third-overall selection, but it would come at an extremely high cost and given the season Montreal had, it’s unlikely an offer is big enough to sway him.
“You went through the pain of a season, I guess, to pick a lottery pick. It’s not a fun season. But you have to look ahead, not behind,” he said.
Bergevin will be on the lookout for the top-two centre this off-season and has a number of assets he could move in order to acquire one, with the likes of captain Max Pacioretty and winger Alex Galchenyuk potentially available.
The Canadiens also own four second-round draft picks and could package some of them in a deal for help up front or on the blueline, another area of concern for the club.
With the No.3 pick in the Draft, Montreal has a clearer picture of how this summer’s retool will look like, as they’ll have the opportunity to select one of forwards Andrei Svechnikov, Filip Zadina or Brady Tkachuk.
According to TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta, as it stands right now, the Svechnikov may end up going No.2 to Carolina, with Zadina the likely candidate for Montreal.