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Draft lottery fever?

As a Habs fan, is it too early to be getting excited about the draft lottery? The closest we’ve come to this event was post-lockout, when teams were pulled out of a hat for the right to draft one Sidney Crosby. The Canadiens ended up 5th, much higher than they should have been, and nabbed Carey “Thoroughbred” Price. The rest is history - and sadly, that history hasn’t been as good as many thought it could be.

So here we go again. Draft Lottery, 2012. Yakupov. Grigorenko. We all know the names. The Canadiens sit 3rd last. They’ve got a decent shot at a top pick. Where will they end up? Who will they get? I’m starting to look forward to it - sad in one sense, but fun in another. Much more fun than anything else involving the Habs since, well, probably their big win over the Detroit Red Wings. It’s been all downhill since then.

The Montreal Gazette has a good article today on said lottery, posing the question: who will represent the Habs? Surely it won’t be Mr. Gauthier. Could it be Geoff Molson himself? An ambassador, such as Guy Lafleur? Or will it be the next General Manager of the Canadiens, kept hidden behind the curtains until the last second, only to stroll onto TSN’s stage as the pick is about to be made?  Patrick Roy, perhaps, or everyone’s favourite television personality Mr. Pierre McGuire?

That sort of unveiling would be dramatic, exciting, fun - and for all those reasons, I doubt it happens. Why? This is the Montreal Canadiens, 2012 edition: the season that fun forgot. Who will it be? I don’t know. But if it’s a new GM, it will leak long before, and with our luck it will probably be a middle manager or, as I’ve heard joked about at a bar and appeared in the Gazette, perhaps Youppi! will show up to do the honours.

Yes, that’s right folks. The Habs have had a season so terrible, so disappointing, that speculating on who may make an appearance at the draft lottery representing the team is apparently a topic of excitement.

Whoohoo. What a season.

Six games left. I say, bring on summer.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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