Bell Centre
Photo credit: CTV News Montreal

Announcement from the NHL regarding the future of the CH and the draft

Published March 27, 2024 at 1:35

The next big date to circle on your calendar has just been announced. Indeed, the future of the Montreal Canadiens will be decided on May 6 or 7 regarding their draft position in the upcoming draft.

It's not an exaggeration to say that their future is at stake. If, by some stroke of luck, the Canadiens were to win the Macklin Celebrini lottery, Kent Hughes wouldn't need to look too far to find his next highly talented forward.

Thus, a trade for players like Kirby Dach or Alex Newhook would be much less of a priority. It's worth noting that teams would likely be most interested in what holds the most value for the Canadiens, namely one of their highly promising young defensemen.

"Still fluid, but sounds like plan is for 2024 #NHLDraft Lottery to be held on May 6 or May 7.

#NHL is still working through playoff scheduling and finding appropriate TV window." - Frank Seravalli

Depending on the playoff schedule, the NHL Draft Lottery, named the Macklin Celebrini Lottery this year, will take place on May 6 or 7. Since the Canadiens won't be participating in the playoffs and even have a good chance of selecting in the top 5, it's a date to remember.

Macklin Celebrini has amassed 59 points in 35 games in the NCAA, a record total for a 17-year-old forward. He has talent and will be good for a long time.

While he may not be a Connor Bedard, he should more than hold his own. If the Canadiens manage to secure that elusive first overall pick, their future will instantly look much brighter.

March 27   |   321 answers
Announcement from the NHL regarding the future of the CH and the draft

Do you believe the future of the Canadiens will be determined by their upcoming first-round draft selection?

Yes15748.9 %
No16451.1 %
Latest 10 stories