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The trade value of the Canadiens' 5th overall pick is finally revealed

Published May 8, 2024 at 7:51 PM

Now that the results of the 2024 NHL lottery are known, the trade value of the Habs' first-round pick has finally been revealed.

As is the case every year, immediately after the lottery, journalists from The Athletic have simulated the draft.

Each journalist becomes, during this exercise, the GM of the team they cover.

Thus, a journalist from San Jose drafts for the Sharks, a journalist from Chicago drafts for the Blackhawks, a journalist from Montreal drafts for the Canadiens, and so on.

It's always interesting, because these are journalists generally well-connected within the different organizations, and they know the real intentions of their assigned team.

Arpon Basu reveals what the CH and Kent Hughes could receive, in exchange for their 5th pick

We have had some good examples last season in Nashville, but here is what the "GM of the Canadiens" Arpon Basu concluded as a trade for the purposes of this exercise.

Here is the final result of this exercise:

1- San Jose Sharks: Macklin Celebrini

2- Chicago Blackhawks: Ivan Demidov

3- Anaheim Ducks: Artyom Levshunov

4- Columbus Blue Jackets: Cayden Lindstrom

5- Calgary Flames: Zeev Buium*

6- Utah: Anton Silayev

7- Ottawa Senators: Zayne Parekh

8- Seattle Kraken: Sam Dickinson

9- Montreal Canadiens: Tij Iginla*

10- New Jersey Devils: Berkly Catton

11- Buffalo Sabres: Cole Eiserman

12- Philadelphia Flyers: Carter Yakemchuk

13- Minnesota Wild: Adam Jiricek

14- San José Sharks: Beckett Sennecke

15- Detroit Red Wings: Konsta Helenius

16- St. Louis Blues: Michael Brandsegg-Nygard

*Transaction performed

Basu saw Ivan Demidov and Cayden Lindstrom being drafted before the CH's selection rank, who are probably the two biggest targets for Montreal.

He therefore decided to conclude a trade and move back.

Here, the CH has thus traded the 5th overall pick to the Calgary Flames, in return for the 9th selection as well as the first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks, the one acquired in the Elias Lindholm trade.

« With Ivan Demidov and Cayden Lindstrom selected in the first four picks, the worst scenario presented itself to the Canadiens. The decision had to be made to pick a forward at the 5th rank, take a right-handed defenseman - Zayne Parekh and Carter Yakemchuk were there - or trade down, obtain additional draft capital, and get the forward they wanted from the start.

We chose door number 3, made the trade with Calgary, added a third first-round pick (in addition to the Jets' first pick acquired in exchange for Sean Monahan) and drafted Tij Iginla from the Kelowna Rockets, a playoff-type forward who should help complete the top 6 of the Canadiens in about two years. » - Arpon Basu

This gives us a good idea of the value of this 5th pick.

And you, if Lindstrom and Demidov were not available at the 5th rank, would you trade it for a 9th pick and another late first-round pick?

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May 8   |   766 answers
The trade value of the Canadiens' 5th overall pick is finally revealed

What would you do if Cayden Lindstrom and Ivan Demidov were taken in the top 4?

Draft Tij Iginla38850.7 %
Draft another player11314.8 %
Trade back9912.9 %
Trade for Zegras or Necas16621.7 %
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