Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said on Monday that the team will have to decide between three players in the No. 1 overall in Thursday’s NHL Draft.
Hughes confirmed that the team will choose between Kingston Frontenac center Shane Wright, Slovakian winger Juraj Slafkovsky and American center Logan Cooley.
Wright is the projected first overall pick since last summer, although he was passed by Slafkovsky in TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie’s final draft rankings. TSN director of Scouting Craig Button is still projecting the Canadiens to select Wright in his latest mock version released Monday, with Slafkovsky selected by the New Jersey Devils at number 3 and Cooley falling to the Arizona Coyotes at number 3.
Hockey Hall of Famer Vincent Lecavalier, who serves as a special adviser on hockey activities for the Canadiens, said on Monday that he has already spoken with Wright and also expects to meet Slafkovsky and Cooley before Thursday’s draft.
The Montreal Canadiens select first overall for the first time since drafting Doug Wickenheiser in 1980.