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Montreal Canadiens Brass Scouting Heavily At World’s



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Having recently secured the 1st overall pick thanks to the NHL Draft Lottery, the Montreal Canadiens top brass have made their way over to the IIHF World Championships to scout some of the top players in the 2022 NHL Draft.

According to Slovakian journalist for, Tomáš Prokop, the Montreal Canadiens were all in attendance for the Slovakia-Germany game on Saturday to watch top prospects Juraj Slafkovsky and Simon Nermec play live against top international talent. General manager Kent Hughes, executive vice-president Jeff Gorton, director of player personnel and amateur scouting Martin Lapointe and special advisor Vincent Lecavalier were all on sight to watch these top prospects and continue their evaluation leading up to the NHL Draft.

Prokop confirmed via a discussion with Lecavalier that the Montreal Canadiens aren’t simply scouting Slovakia because of consensus No. 2 Juraj Slafkovsky, but also the other top players in the draft like Nemec or David Jiricek, amongst others. The Montreal Canadiens have been very active at this tournament, taking in multiple games a day, due in large part to their 14 picks in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft; three of which are set to be in the top-33.

With the Canadiens set to pick first overall, they cannot afford to make a mistake with this selection, and the club is doing everything in their power to gather as much information as possible to make the best decision on Draft Day. Needless to say, there is still lots of hockey to be played, and the Montreal Canadiens will be paying close attention en route to making a final decision in the coming weeks on how to take No.1 in Montreal on July 7.

For more 2022 Draft content, be sure to check out Montreal Hockey Now’s Post-Lottery NHL Mock Draft, as we break down how the selection order could go down for the first 16 picks on Day 1 of the draft.

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