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Draft day thoughts

We’re three days away from the 3rd (?) most exciting day of the year for hockey fans. I’m calling third to the Free Agent Frenzy and the Trade Deadline - and speaking purely of transactions, of course. Because the draft always brings trades, and what hockey fan doesn’t like trades?

The Habs could trade this pick. I’d put the odds at 60/40. Why? I’m not convinced they are completely sold on one guy more than another. Forsberg. Murray. Dumba. Reinhart. I think the Canadiens brass see many of them as somewhat equal. Therefore, if they can trade down, and acquire another asset, I could see Bergevin making the move to make his mark.

That said, the guy I want, have wanted all along, and continue to want, is Alex Galchenyuk. A big, two way centre, he is what the Canadiens have lacked for, owe, 20 years or so. He would look great in a Habs uniform, and I genuinely hope it happens.

As for the rest of the draft, expect the Canadiens to target American defencemen. Why? It’s just something they like to do. Trevor Timmins clearly believes in the development, and they’ve had some success with these picks - although the best one is playing for another team and was their pillar on the blue line in the playoffs (hint: his initials are R.M.).

And don’t count out trades. Marc Bergevin is new, wants to make his mark, and wants to be aggressive. I expect him to be very active this offseason, and that may well start Friday.

So, buckle up and enjoy the ride. It’s not often Les Canadiens have a 3rd overall pick, so if you’re a fan, enjoy it. Oh, and hope that it doesn’t happen again for a long, long time.

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It’s not very often a franchise gets a top 3 pick in the draft. If Bergevin trades down or trades it away he should be fired.

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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.

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