NHL entry draft: Canadiens focus on long-term prospects

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The Canadiens have been enjoying the lengthy sport Wednesday as they wrapped up the 2020 NHL entry draft with eight picks, together with 5 gamers who’re heading to U.S. faculties.

“The factor is that we’ve gamers we’ve extra management over once they turn into execs,” stated Trevor Timmins, the assistant basic supervisor who oversees the draft. “Your highschool and USHL gamers are going to NCAA, and that’s not less than 4 extra years of improvement.

“We’ve had a variety of draft picks through the years, together with this yr, and we solely have 50 contracts to make the most of,” Timmins stated. “We chosen all these gamers, however we are able to solely signal so a lot of them. That’s why you noticed Marc (Bergevin) make some trades as a result of he’s managing the grid for the following yr and the yr after.”

The Canadiens began the day with 10 picks and completed with seven, however they added picks within the third, fourth and seventh rounds of the 2021 draft.

The Canadiens picked one participant within the second spherical who might be on a quicker monitor to the NHL. Czech ahead Jan Mysak, who was projected as a first-rounder, fell to the Canadiens at No. 48, one spot after Timmins chosen Boston College centre Luke Tuch.