Who would have believed it, the Montreal Canadiens are just a stroke of a pencil away from relinquishing, for the second time in just over three years, a player they themselves drafted into the select “top threeFrom a draft.
After Alex Galchenyuk, traded in June 2018, it is now Jesperi Kotkaniemi who could succeed in other skies, he who accepted the hostile offer submitted by the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, valued at $ 6.1 million, and this, for a period of only one season.
The general manager of the Habs Marc Bergevin has a week to align with the offer of “Canes“, Otherwise the number 15 will play in North Carolina next season. If the Montreal staff takes the decision to let go “KK», The organization will be offered a first round choice as well as a third round choice as compensation.
Only nine hockey players selected from the famous “top three»Of the last ten auctions no longer evolve within the team that gave them a first chance in the Bettman circuit.
They are Jonathan Drouin, Alex Galchenyuk, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Patrik Laine, Sam Reinhart, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, Dylan Strome and Nolan Patrick.
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By way of comparison, here is what the various NHL clubs had to offer in order to afford the services of its players destined for a great future.
Jonathan Drouin 3rd overall (2013) traded to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Mikhail Sergachev.
Alex Galchenyuk 3rd overall (2012) traded to the Arizona Coyotes in return for Max Domi.
Pierre-Luc Dubois 3rd overall (2016) traded with the Winnipeg Jets along with a third round pick in return for Patrik Laine 2nd overall (2016) as well as Jack Roslovic.
Sam Reinhart 2nd overall (2014) traded to the Florida Panthers in return for Devon Levi and a first-round pick.
Nail Yakupov 1st overall (2012) traded to the St. Louis Blues in return for Zach Pochiro in addition to a conditional third-round pick who became Cameron Crotty.
Ryan Murray 2nd overall (2012) traded to the New Jersey Devils in return for a fifth round pick.
Dylan Strome 3rd overall (2015) traded to the Chicago Blackhawks with Brendan Perlini in return for Nick Schmaltz.
Nolan Patrick 2nd overall (2017) traded at the Nashville Predators in addition to Philippe Myers in return for Ryan Ellis. Note that the Predators then traded him to the Vegas Golden Knights for Cody Glass.
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We regularly hear that good teams draft, but above all develop well. Having the chance to select the future of a franchise among the three best hockey players of the same vintage is a golden opportunity and one that does not come up often. Thus, very few organizations have the luxury of making mistakes.
Speaking of being wrong, if we take the time to analyze the fate of the eight different organizations that have compromised the players mentioned above, it is possible to detect that for the most part, they are still experiencing certain difficulties, apart from Lightning. of Tampa Bay.
Without saying that they are not competitive, the fact that these hopes did not hatch as planned somehow turned the plans upside down.
The Canadiens, Blue Jackets, Sabers, Oilers, Coyotes and Flyers would look a lot different if their investments had yielded more. Although the Sainte-Flanelle surprised many last season by reaching the Stanley Cup final, will they be playoffs in the next campaign? The question is legitimate considering the most recent offseason which one could describe as eventful.
The Blue Jackets are in the process of restructuring, shedding star defenseman Seth Jones and forward Cam Atkison, among others. According to many, they shouldn’t be part of the next spring dance.
Each season, the Sabers aspire to a better fate, but we have to admit that it looks bad once again in Buffalo. Even more, the delicate situation surrounding Jack Eichel does not bode well.
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The Oilers have a whole offensive machine, but can they take it to the next level and become a contending team for top honors? The many missteps during the last draft complicate the progress of the Alberta team.
The Coyotes have missed the postseason playoffs eight times in the past ten seasons. This season is not going to be easy as the Arizona team let go of a centerpiece of their roster in Oliver Ekman-Larsson a few weeks ago.
The Flyers could be successful this year, however their general manager played daring this summer by making several transactions conceding several choices and hopes of quality. Nothing predicts guaranteed success, and in the event that chemistry does not take hold, the years ahead could be bleak.