Canadiens place elite goalscorer on their do not draft list

Aaron Itovitch
April 18, 2024  (7:41 PM)

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes
Photo credit: The Athletic

Thanks to the Arizona Coyotes' victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night, the Montreal Canadiens have secured the fifth slot (8.5%) for the Macklin Celebrini draft lottery.

Of course, the chances of the Canadiens' general manager, Kent Hughes, drafting the center from Boston University are quite slim. However, the organization will still have the opportunity to pick an extremely talented player at the 5th, 6th, or even 7th position.
By June 28th, there is no doubt that the Montreal leadership will work tirelessly to evaluate all the players in the 2024 draft class, with the goal of selecting the best available player when the organization announces its first-round pick.
Knowing that Martin St-Louis's top two lines could greatly benefit from a new forward, some fans are convinced that Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton will attempt to find a quality attacker. This player could instantly support Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Juraj Slafkovsky, Kirby Dach, and Alex Newhook in the team's top-6.
Among the forwards frequently mentioned in the top-10 of the draft, Macklin Celebrini, who will undoubtedly be the number one, is often mentioned, as well as players like Ivan Demidov, Cayden Lindstrom, Cole Eiserman, Tij Iginla, and Berkly Catton.
However, according to information reported by Tony Marinaro on BPM Sports today, we could already cross one name off this list. Indeed, according to his sources, the Montreal Canadiens are not interested in drafting Cole Eiserman.
"According to the information I got today, if Eiserman is available when the Canadiens draft, they will not select him." - Tony Marinaro

After all, while his selection would certainly help the Montreal attack, his playing style is very similar to that of Cole Caufield. He is notably on the verge of breaking the record set by number 22 during his time with the American U18 development program, having scored 110 points, including 74 goals, in 73 games this season.
That's really impressive! We're talking about an average of one goal per game!
However, he is considered a rather one-dimensional player, and some observers fear that he might not be able to translate his skills to the NHL. Even though he has a devastating shot, he struggles to create his own opportunities, mainly accumulating his goals by finishing plays from his teammates.
Therefore, the Montreal management might want to look for a more complete forward whose contributions are not limited to goals, but also include his overall play and offensive production. Certainly, no matter which player the Canadiens choose, we can expect Kent Hughes to add a key piece to his lineup, and that's very exciting!
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