Montreal Canadiens: Something else to look out for at the 2018 NHL Draft

MONTREAL, QC - FEBRUARY 24: Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) stops a shot from Montreal Canadiens Left Wing Max Pacioretty (67) during the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Montreal Canadiens game on February 24, 2018, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - FEBRUARY 24: Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) stops a shot from Montreal Canadiens Left Wing Max Pacioretty (67) during the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Montreal Canadiens game on February 24, 2018, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Montreal Canadiens will have a choice to make as to who they draft third overall at the 2018 NHL Draft, but that may be the day Max Pacioretty is traded

Who will the Montreal Canadiens draft third-overall in June? It’ll be an ongoing debate until Marc Bergevin, and the rest of the organization stand at the podium in Dallas and announce their selection. For now, that’ll be something to look forward to.

However, there is one more mystery that’s permeated around the team that will probably be brought to light soon. It’s no secret that Max Pacioretty was a name the Habs were willing to part with this season despite Bergevin’s claims that he wasn’t being shopped. The trade deadline came, and past and the team captain remained in Montreal, but that wasn’t to stay it would stay that way.

It always made more sense for Bergevin to wait until another time to make the move. Based on past history, that time could be sometime in June or at the draft itself. TSN’s Bob McKenzie on his latest episode of the Bobcast stated that the Montreal Canadiens will renew efforts to deal Pacioretty at the draft as there isn’t much interest to invest in him long-term.

The ideal situation is the 29-year-old is moved on the draft floor or days leading up to it. Whatever trade occurs involving Pacioretty will most likely get the Habs another first-round pick to work with making this year’s draft even more game-changing for the outlook of the organization.

With all the pieces that can come into place for the Montreal Canadiens this offseason, this really could be the summer that sets the tone for the next years to come.

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