I'm doing a Mock Draft with SB Nation, in charge of the Habs picks, going through the first two rounds. Just made a pick at 33 that I had at 16, and my #18 is still on the board. Interesting in the sense that if such a scenario came to fruition, I'd be telling my GM to trade up using next year's 2nd rounders or guys like Weber to get this pick. Habs have pick 51, I wouldn't be holding out hope that he's still on the board through 15 more picks. I think this player is a high end talent with very little risk, has no major red flags as he has NHL size and speed, isn't Russian and is playing major junior so there's no signability concerns either. He also plays a position of need in the organization depth wise. I was targeting him at 33 but was quite surprised to see the player we got still on the board there. To get both of these players plus Mikhail Grigorenko, our pick at #3,
would be a phenomenal haul IMO.
Really interesting doing this with a list you're using as a final guide and then seeing how it all unfolds. I'll do a piece on the process of sitting on a pick you really like for a long time.
Not saying I wouldn't trust Timmons' choices, he's better at this than I am, just saying if I were in his position and had a list that unfolded to this type of scenario this is the move I'd make.
Maybe he falls to 51, but right now I'm not risking that chance. Too bad we can't do trades in this.