NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun said, on TSN Insider Trading, that there are many who believe that the Montreal Canadiens are waiting to see if the Devils pick up the phone before the first round gets underway. The Habs apparently want to see what it would take to flip the first and second picks to ensure the Devils get Juraj Slafkovsky. The reputable Insider feels the Habs would be open to it.
LeBrun also mentioned that the Canadiens are undecided on who they want to select with the first overall pick which, according to him, is NOT out of ordinary. It seems like when GM Kent Hughes recently said that they had not made up their mind yet, he was telling the truth.
However, LeBrun added that the Devils are telling people that if the Shane Wright is the best player available wherever they select, that they will take the him even though they already have Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes at the center position.
Now why wouldn’t the Habs pick Wright with the first pick instead? Simple: they are trying to pry an asset from the Devils NOT to pick Slafkovsky (or flip the picks). So the Devils would get him, the Habs would get Wright and another asset.
It sure seems like there is a chess game going on. The NHL Draft is set to start on Thursday next week.