The verdict is in for Demidov and Lindstrom with the Canadiens according to MB

Elias Edmonson
June 22, 2024  (8:51 PM)

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As the upcoming NHL draft approaches quickly, many are making predictions for Ivan Demidov and Cayden Lindstrom.

Numerous scenarios have been explored in these simulations, and a new one from Mathias Brunet is quite surprising.

Mathias Brunet predicts the top-5 of the 2024 NHL draft, including the Montreal Canadiens' pick

During an appearance on BPM Sports, the journalist from La Presse played along and revealed his top-5 picks. The second and third selections are surprising, as two defensemen are successively chosen by Chicago and Anaheim.
Here's what it looks like:
1. SAN JOSE - Macklin Celebrini - C (NCAA)
2. CHICAGO - Artyom Levshunov - RD (NCAA)
3. ANAHEIM - Carter Yakemchuk - RD (WHL)
4. COLUMBUS - Ivan Demidov - RW (MHL)
5. MONTREAL - Cayden Lindstrom - C (WHL)
You also notice that while many scenarios have Ivan Demidov falling to the Canadiens, Brunet places him at the 4th rank. The journalist believes that the Blue Jackets are looking for a star, and if Demidov is available when they pick, they will choose him. It's also worth noting that Columbus has a strong connection with Russian players, which would greatly help the young forward's integration.
Regarding the Canadiens' pick, Brunet reminds us that Kent Hughes has already hinted that he would like a big forward. Lindstrom would be the ideal candidate due to his stature, style, and productivity. The injury he had last year, a herniated disc, won't scare off the Canadiens since it's well-treatable.
However, even though he chose Lindstrom as Kent Hughes' pick, Brunet could also see the Canadiens selecting a left-handed defenseman. The abundance of players in this position doesn't worry the journalist because, in his view, there are many uncertainties on the left defense side.
«There aren't so many certainties after all. Guhle has had a lot of concussions. We love Hutson's offensive potential, but is he going to be a guaranteed top-4? Would you bet your house on it?

Is Xhekaj a top-4? We don't know yet. It can change quite quickly too.» - Mathias Brunet

For these reasons, Brunet might lean towards Sam Dickinson, even if he isn't universally agreed upon. He is one of the youngest players in the draft but has been very productive, especially in the Memorial Cup. He is a bit more polished than the others.
Let's be honest, this draft is one of the hardest to predict in recent times. Aside from the first overall pick, which will certainly be Celebrini, the possibilities are wide open. Predicting the top-5 is very difficult, if not impossible.
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The verdict is in for Demidov and Lindstrom with the Canadiens according to MB

Who do you think will be the best NHL player?

Cayden Lindstrom16723.8 %
Ivan Demidov44863.8 %
Artyom Levshunov334.7 %
Shane Wright547.7 %
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