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Habs draft a huge success

The Canadiens came away from Pittsburgh with a trove of prospects, something they haven’t done in many years, lead by the third overall selection of Alex Galchenyuk. I won’t rehash the whole draft, but I will say that scout Trevor Timmins did some great work, nabbing Sebastian Collberg 33rd overall (many had him rated 3rd overall in Europe) and the prospect I may be most excited about, defenceman Dalton Thrower from the WHL.

GM Marc Bergevin and his staff deserve kudos for their breadth of selections, as the Habs now have a platform to build on, something they have lacked since the younger days of Plekanec, Kostitsyn et al. However, these guys won’t be firing on all cylinders until 2014 or 2015. On tap now? First off, Restricted Free Agents PK Subban and Carey Price must be signed.

I suspect each gets somewhere between $4.5 and $6.5 million per year, depending on the term. The Habs have also been linked to grinder Steve Ott, who the Dallas Stars are apparently looking to deal, an who would look great on the Canadiens’ third line. Travis Moen can walk S of July 1st, but scuttlebutt has it that the Habs are working hard to sign him as well.

Beyond that, July 1st and the “frenzy” looms large to rebuilding a once great franchise. Ironically, last July 1st brought former GM Pierre Gauthier’s greatest move, the signing of winger Erik Cole. Should Minnesota’s Gui Latendresse walk, I could see the Canadiens being interested in bringing him back. I also suspect Jaromir Jagr will be on their radar again. And hey, can a camp invite to Alex Kovalev really hurt? A motivated Kovalev could be a great, cheap weapon for the power play.

So the offseason fun begins. I’m on holiday, but will be checking in periodically, and certainly around July 1st. Thus far though, a successful summer fr the Habs, and a great first chapter in the career of GM Marc Bergevin.

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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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