Geoff Molson would not have been present if it had taken place on Monday

We are now in the final moments before the start of the NHL draft. Currently it still seems an impossible mission to know who will be the choice of the CH in the front row, but we should officially know around 19:30.

If you knew how happy I am that it’s only a matter of time before this is all over…

In the last few minutes, we saw the various hopefuls emerge onto the red carpet to enter the Bell Center. In the case of Shane Wright, it was a thunder Applause from those present…

In the case of Juraj Slafkovsky, on the other hand, we were entitled to do so cheersbut also to boo.

I hope Wright will be CH’s choice, and Slafkovsky may have taken it well, but it’s honestly a huge lack of class. The young man is having the best day of his life, and while fans may like Wright better, that’s no reason to boo a 17-year-old, especially as he could become the Canadians’ choice of ‘clock in almost a year’s time…


Speaking of Slafkovsky, we knew the Slovakian striker was up against the headliners of the CH Hockey org chart (as well as Geoff Molson) earlier this morning, and he confirmed it early in the evening.

The meeting was supposed to take place earlier this week (probably Monday), but due to Slafkovsky’s arrival in Montreal being delayed, the meeting has been postponed to today.

However, according to Guillaume Lefrançois, Molson would not have been present if the meeting had taken place earlier in the week. But he was there today.

Then why Molson, who has none Not met Shane Wright, did he meet Slafkovsky today? It may be because his schedule allowed him but obviously it was difficult not to draw a possible connection between the fact that the team’s owner only hit one player while the CH have first pick in the repechage.

At the moment it may still be unclear who will be CH’s top pick, but Slafkovsky seems to have one Excellent happy to be that choice.

Obviously, as my colleague Maxime Truman put it this morning, all roads seem to lead to Slafkovsky at the moment. More than an hour (roughly) before knowing if the Slovak will be CH’s first choice or not.


– To listen to the latest audio history preliminary draft from my colleague Maxime Truman, it’s here.

– CH leaders also had their moment on the red carpet. Far fewer boos for her than for Slafkovsky…

– After Alex DeBrincat, Senators would now keep an eye on Jakob Chychrun and Mackenzie Weegar.

Clearly the meaning want to show that they are to be taken seriously next year. Is this a technique to lure Claude Giroux into town?

– Marc-André Fleury seems on track to stay with the Savages (for two years).

– Could the Blackhawks call up Jonathan Lekkerimaki (whom I’d like to see in Montreal) with their newly acquired first-round pick (7th)?

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