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MHN Daily: Habs Draft Lottery Advantage, Xhekaj’s Top-5 Fights

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The Montreal Canadiens have found themselves a diamond in the rough with Arber Xhekaj, as he’s put on a show with his physical play and electrifying fights.

the best odds of winning the 1st overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

That, Montreal Canadiens news and more in the latest MHN Canadiens Daily below:

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It may be the NHL Trade Freeze, but that hasn’t stopped rival GMs from blowing up Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes‘ phone over the last month as they prepare their shopping lists.

The Montreal Canadiens may not be in the basement of the NHL standings, but their unique position still gives them some of the best odds of winning the 1st overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The Canadiens have found themselves a diamond in the rough with Arber Xhekaj, as he’s put on a show with his physical play and electrifying fights.

Most Montreal Canadiens fans actively follow prospects like Joshua Roy, Filip Mesar and Late Hutson, but there’s a handful of other Habs prospects that fans will have the pleasure of discovering this holiday season.

The  Canadiens have put a focus on bringing along their youngsters this year, but a handful really took the next step in 2022.

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NYI: The New York Islanders have been waiting a few seasons for prospect Aatu Räty to get into the Islanders organization, and got his first goal in his first game.

BOS: One of, if not the biggest reasons, the Boston Bruins sit atop the NHL standings is their amazing depth at the forward position.

PGH: Kris Letang changed during his recent time away from the Pittsburgh Penguins, when he missed five games after suffering a stroke in late November.

PHI: With Carter Hart and his strong play, the Philadelphia Flyers still had the sixth-worst record in the NHL. Without him, well, they might get into the Connor Bedard Sweepstakes.

WSH: Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin passes Gordie Howe for second on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list.

FLA: Star forward Matthew Tkachuk calls out Florida Panthers after a lacklustre start to the season.

DET: Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper has hilarious reaction when asked whether he sees the Lightning influence that coach Derek Lalonde brought to today’s Detroit Red Wings.

VGK: Former Vegas Golden Knight Max Pacioretty is going around spreading Holiday cheer at a Carolina Hurricanes game.

SJS: It took two cheap shots on San Jose Sharks players, but Mason Shaw finally got disciplined by the NHL.

DAL: With his incredible performance of late, Jason Robertson has broken a Dallas Stars record.

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Max Pacioretty dumped for nothing by the Vegas knights.

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