Unless a major surprise, Shane Wright will be drafted first overall by the Montreal Canadiens. But who will be picked after? Here are three possibilities.
Tristan Luneau is an offensive minded right handed defenceman. Something the Canadiens are severely lacking in their prospects pipeline.
Luneau, who was the 1st overall pick in the 2020 QMJHL draft, finished the 2021-22 season with the Gatineau Olympiques with 12 goals and 31 points for 43 points in 63 games, ranking him 7th on the team in scoring. Often flanked to the left by the Pittsburgh Penguins 2021 5th round pick in Isaac Beliveau, the pair were a hard bargain to deal with.
While there are chances the Canadiens can draft him with Calgary’s pick, it’s all going to depend on how the early stages of the draft develops. Luneau is ranked anywhere from 21st to 55th according to various prospect rankings. While he needs a little bit of work in his skating explosiveness and all around pivot movements, Luneau is still a highly regarded prospect. Don’t be shocked to see the Canadiens try to trade up in order to nab the Trois-Rivières native.