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Habs Daily: Canadiens Great First Round, Celine Dion, Demidov



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Here are the Montreal Canadiens news items, highlights, and stories you may have missed on a very busy Friday.

The Habs have eight draft picks scheduled for Saturday: 70th, 78th, 102nd, 130th, 134th, 166th, 210th, and 224th overall. The second round is set to get underway at 11:30 am ET.

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General Manager Kent Hughes kicked things off by making a trade to improve one of his first-round picks. The Montreal Canadiens traded the 26th overall pick, the 57th overall pick, and the 198th overall pick to the Los Angeles Kings for the 21st overall pick. [Instant Analysis: Canadiens Improve Draft Position Via Trade]

Prior to the first round, the word on the street was that the Habs had identified talented forward Ivan Demidov with the fifth overall pick.  [Rumour Roundup: Canadiens Establish Top Draft Target]

Of course, just because the Habs wanted to pick the second-most talented player at the draft didn’t mean they were guaranteed to do so. Fortunately, Demidov was indeed available as the Canadiens took the podium.   [The Montreal Canadiens Draft Ivan Demidov 5th Overall]

Demidov immediately becomes the most important player in the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool, adding much needed offensive talent and creativity to the mix. More on Demidov, including instant analysis, highlights and a scouting profile:  [Instant Analysis: Canadiens Hit Home Run With Ivan Demidov Pick]

On top of being drafted by one of the most famous sports franchises on the planet, Ivan Demidov had the pleasure of hearing his name called by none other than Celine Dion.  [Ivan Demidov Reacts To Being Drafted By Canadiens, Celine Dion]

The Habs kept the momentum going by drafting forward Michael Hage 21st overall. The USHL standout is committed to playing for the University of Michigan next year, which will give Habs fans plenty of opportunities to watch the well-rounded centre.  [The Montreal Canadiens Select Michael Hage 21st Overall]

Tragically, Hage lost his father this year to an unfortunate accident. His father happened to be a big Habs fan, which makes it a rather special moment for the newest member of the organization.

Any way you cut it, the Habs did great in the first round. Not only did they draft the best players available, they also filled a few pressing organizational needs. The Canadiens needed high-end offensive talent, and the first round of the 2024 NHL Entry Draft was eager to provide. [Instant Analysis: Canadiens Add Crucial Forwards In First Round]


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