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Canadiens: 2023 NHL Entry Draft First-Round Mock Drafts Results



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In a little over 24 hours the Montreal Canadiens will add two very important players to their prospect pool.

And while it’s impossible to predict which players will hear their names called by Kent Hughes and Co. in Nashville, we can take a look at some of the mock drafts produced by various outlets to get a better idea of who might be available.

Here are the results of over 15 different 2023 NHL first-round mock drafts.

Montreal Hockey Now

Personally, I think the person who picked Matvei Michkov and Calum Ritchie in this particular mock draft is very, very, very smart. And rather handsome, too, but that’s another topic.


Sportsnet predicts the Canadiens will land on American winger Ryan Leonard with the 5th overall pick, and Joshua Roy’s former teammate, Ethan Gauthier, with the 31st overall pick.

Yahoo Sports

Yahoo thinks the Canadiens will end up picking Michkov as well as NCAA forward Charlie Stramel. With all due respect to Stramel, it’s unlikely he will be among the first 32 players chosen at the 2023 NHL Draft. Stramel earned five goals and seven assists in 33 games for the Wisconsin Badgers last season.

The Athletic

Corey Pronman has David Reinbacher as the Canadiens’ first pick, which may disappoint some, however, it’s clear Reinbacher is one of the best defencemen available in this draft class. He also includes Bradly Nadeau as the player the Habs will pick 31st overall.


Tankathon predicts Will Smith will be the 5th overall pick, and they also have Nadeau as the 31st overall selection.


Craig Button also had Smith as the 5th pick, which is a very legitimate option for the Canadiens. However, he has Anton Wahlberg as the team’s second pick, which is somewhat unlikely. The Swedish forward is expected to be drafted sometime in the second round, if not later.

Sporting News

The Sporting News is the third outlet to endorse Smith as the 5th overall selection. They suggest Gavin Brindley will be chosen by the Canadiens with the 31st overall pick.

MUST READ: Canadiens Options With The 31st Overall Pick (Nadeau, Brindley, Gauthier, Bonk)


Don’t look now, but it seems like Smith is the player most expect to be drafted by the Habs. AmNY suggests London Knights defenceman Oliver Bonk will be drafted 31st overall.


Chris Peters is the second person to suggest Reinbacher will be the Canadiens’ first pick. He’s also on board with the idea Gauthier will be chosen late in the first round.

The Score

Austrian defenceman Reinbacher receives a third vote of confidence thanks to The Score. They suggest 6’3 centre David Estrom will be drafted 31st.


SportsNaut joins Sportsnet (wait a minute…) in suggesting Reinbacher as the 5th overall pick. They went with goaltender Carson Bjarnason as the next player the Habs will choose.

Bleacher Report

Smith, the talented centre from the USNTDP is their pick at 5. They also suggested Bjarnason is a logical choice with the 31st pick. Bjarnason is arguably the top goaltender available in this year’s draft class.

My NHL Draft

Leonard receives another nomination as the 5th overall pick, whereas defenceman Tanner Molendyk is listed as the player who will be picked 31st overall.


The NHL had two different analysts making picks. Adam Kimelman thinks Michkov and Gauthier will become members of the Montreal Canadiens organization, while Mike Morreale thinks it’ll be Reinbacher and Gauthier.

Pro Hockey Rumours

Chalk up another vote for Leonard at 5, as well as another prediction that Molendyk will be drafted 31st.

Brass Tacks

We obviously can’t use mock drafts to predict exactly who the Canadiens will pick, but they’re fun to evaluate nonetheless.

The predictions for the 5th overall pick are split, with five outlets suggesting Smith, four outlets suggesting Reinbacher and Leonard, and three outlets suggesting Michkov.

As for the 31st overall pick, there’s unsurprisingly more diversity in the suggested picks, however, four outlets suggest Gauthier will be the player the Canadiens pick late in the first round. As for the next most popular option, Nadeau, Molendyk, and Bjarnason each received a pair of nominations.

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I believe it will be one of Michkov, Smith or Leonard. They could pick Michkov and if Leonard is still available at 8 there could be a trade with Washington.I have never seen so much volatility with the first few picks.


Will the Habs trade up to get the #4 pick? Will they trade down to load up on more picks? Or, will they simply trade away that #5 pick in a “Kirby Dach type” trade?

Plot thickens because of this:

Now that PLD is no longer on the table for good, its time for Plan B:

Oh, the suspense!

I need my popcorn…

Last edited 5 months ago by morrisk