By Bob Trask – With the hockey season now over for all except a handful of draft eligible prospects and the NHL combine now behind, I have put together my updated mock draft for the Canadiens. The team will hold its own European combine in about one week, an undertaking that could result in an unexpected gem.
In the bottom half of the mock draft I have chosen some players who were overlooked in their first year of draft eligibility as well as one who may have fallen simply because he is Russian. And to create some controversy, I have changed my first overall selection based on the public available interviews given by the players after the draft combine.
Keep in mind this is a hypothetical draft in which GM Kent Hughes exercises all 14 of his picks as they sit (approximately) today. In reality, there is a high probability that more than one of these picks will be traded and that the Canadiens will try to move up in the draft, move out to next year or use picks to acquire a pro player they covet.
My goal is to highlight some of the players who could be of interest when the Habs turn and the draft table rolls around and create some food for thought.