Obviously no contracts can be signed until July 1, and technically there is to be no discussion of contract terms, but the window is open for discussions to begin. T.J. Oshie re-signing with the Washington Capitals on Friday already removed one of the big-ticket players from the market. Shattenkirk is probably the top free agent available on the market and headlines a weak group of defensemen.
With the NHL draft in Chicago this year, the Montreal Canadiens sought to build and rebuild the team with important draft picks. The organization has shown nothing but excitement for their new picks, selecting two centres, four defensemen and one goalie. Below is a peek into the draft picks Ryan Poehling, centre from St. Cloud State University drafted 25 overall. “He’s a player with a lot of upside,” player personnel chief Trevor Timmins said.” Poehling has been a player Timmins had been watching since his days playing hockey in high school, and could see nothing but potential for the 17-year-old. “He’s a good-sized centre, a two-way guy who plays four corners, 200 feet of the ice,” Timmins added.
The Habs came out strong after the 2017 Entry Draft, picking up four defencemen, two centremen, and one promising goaltender. Now that the Habs’ future has been addressed, Marc Bergevin has to decide what’s next for Alexander Radulov, Andrei Markov, and Alex Galchenyuk.