B+ / 10th overall
The 2018 draft represented a change in the Canadiens’ strategy as they moved away from picking the best player available and addressed their needs. It started in the first round when the team passed on highly rated prospects like Brady Tkachuk, Filip Zadina and Quinn Hughes to select Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The Canadiens have been weak up the middle for the better part of a decade, but seven of their 11 draft picks in 2018 were centers, and they also acquired 2017 first-rounder Nick Suzuki from the Vegas Golden Knights as part of the Max Pacioretty trade. Habs GM Marc Bergevin said Suzuki was the key to the trade.
1. Nick Suzuki (22nd overall)
C, 19, 5-11, 183 – Guelph (OHL)
Trade (Veg), Sept. 10, 2018
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