We’re just one day away from the 2022 NHL Draft at the Bell Centre and Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes continues to play a game of poker with his GM counterparts, the media and fans.
That, more Montreal Canadiens news, NHL trade rumours and NHL Draft news in the MHN Canadiens Daily:
The 2022 NHL Draft is just about here and on Tuesday, my MHN partner-in-crime Marco D’Amico released his final MHN Mock Draft. Who will the Montreal Canadiens draft first overall? How about with their next three picks?
Can the Montreal Canadiens continue to draft and sign players like Xavier Simoneau out of the QMJHL and give themselves a window of opportunity to evaluate them at the AHL level? We shall see with the 2022 NHL Draft.
Does Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes want some Brad Marchand clones from the NHL Draft?
National Hockey Now
NYI: Could some New York Islanders and other Russian NHL players face trouble trying to re-enter the United States for the 2022-23 NHL Season?
PGH: Speaking of Russian NHLers, will the Pittsburgh Penguins and other NHL teams veer away from Russian prospects at the 2022 NHL Draft?
PHI: Could the Philadelphia Flyers draft a Jeff Carter-like player with the fifth overall pick at the Draft Thursday?
WSH: Could the Washington Capitals leave Montreal and the 2022 NHL Draft with Vancouver Canucks centre J.T. Miller?
FLA: Will forward Patric Hornqvist be a Florida Panther next season?
DET: Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman told the media that he and his staff will draft the best player available regardless of position when their turn comes.
COL: The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Andrew Cogliano.
SJS: The San Jose Sharks made it official on Tuesday, Mike Grier is their new general manager.
Canada Hockey Now
VAN: Our man in VAN Ros Simpson lists five Vancouver Canucks players most likely to be traded.