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2018 First-Round Pick Available To Montreal Canadiens On Waivers



Montreal Canadiens waiver target Ty Smith

Now that the NHL waiver period has officially opened, the Montreal Canadiens will have an opportunity to claim yet another player on waivers that could potentially help the team in their long-term goals.

Of course, finding extremely talented players on waivers is rare, but once in a blue moon, you can find an athlete who was not given a fair chance to prove their worth with their previous NHL organization.

For the Habs, players such as Paul Byron (Calgary Flames), Samuel Montembeault (Florida Panthers), and Johnathan Kovacevic (Winnipeg Jets) were all claimed on waivers, only to quickly cement a spot on their new team’s NHL roster.

Waivers (September 28, 2023)

The most interesting name to surface was Ty Smith, who was placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday afternoon.

The 23-year-old offensively-inclined defenceman carries a salary cap hit of just $775,000 this season, making him a decent-value gamble for teams that are looking to reinforce their blueline.

The Canadiens don’t necessarily need to add depth to their defensive core, and Smith is a left-handed defenceman, which mitigates his value to the team, but he could end up serving as an insurance policy for the Canadiens if general manager Kent Hughes decides he wants to give some of the younger defencemen more time to develop in the AHL.

Smith is a 2018 first-round pick, chosen 17th overall by the New Jersey Devils.

He was then traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenceman John Marino. Smith has scored eight goals and 39 assists in 123 games throughout his NHL career.

In addition to Smith, the Penguins placed two former Montreal Canadiens players on waivers: Rem Pitlick and Xavier Ouellet.

Goaltender Spencer Martin (Vancouver Canucks), forward Cal Burke (Colorado Avalanche), and defenceman Taylor Fedun  (Penguins) were also added to the waiver wire.

NHL Waiver-Wire Priority List

The waiver wire is not as straightforward as it may seem.

For now, the off-season priority list is locked in and will give teams that finished lower in the standings last year the first opportunity to claim a player that is placed on waivers.

For example, the Montreal Canadiens finished 28th last year, therefore they are the team with the fifth highest priority on the NHL’s waiver wire list. Teams have 24 hours to make a claim.

The off-season list will remain in place until November 1, when it will switch from using last season’s standings to this year’s standings to determine priority.

Simply put, the Canadiens will maintain the fifth-best position on the waiver wire priority list for at least a month.

To get a better understanding of the NHL’s waiver wire priority process, you can click here.

Here is the current NHL waiver-priority list, valid until November 1:

TeamsWaiver Priority Order
Anaheim Ducks1
Columbus Blue Jackets2
Chicago Blackhawks3
San Jose Sharks4
Montreal Canadiens5
Arizona Coyotes6
Philadelphia Flyers7
Washington Capitals8
Detroit Red Wings9
St-Louis Blues10
Vancouver Canucks11
Ottawa Senators12
Buffalo Sabres13
Pittsburgh Penguins14
Nashville Predators15
Florida Panthers16
Calgary Flames17
NY Islanders18
Winnipeg Jets19
Tampa Bay Lightning20
Seattle Kraken21
Minnesota Wild22
Los Angeles Kings23
NY Rangers24
Dallas Stars25
Colorado Avalanche26
Edmonton Oilers27
Vegas Golden Knights28
Toronto Maple Leafs29
New Jersey Devils30
Carolina Hurricanes31
Boston Bruins32
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Mike Brown

Very poor foresight by Pittsburgh to mortgage the future for a replaceable 6th defenceman. Hope Smith goes someplace that appreciates him. If he clears wavers, the collective gang of GMs need help.


Kale Clague part 2! Montreal does not need another undersized defenceman.