Canadiens Notebook: NHL Draft is even more of a crapshoot this year

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“We feel that there’s going to be some prospects slip through the cracks,” Habs assistant GM Trevor Timmins says because of lack of games.

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Stu Cowan  •  Montreal Gazette

Former Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey (left) and current assistant GM Trevor Timmins (right) pose with goalie Carey Price after selecting him in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft. Photo by Bruce Bennett /Getty Images Article content

For the second straight year, the NHL Draft will be done virtually because of COVID-19.


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The draft is always a big of a crapshoot, but it will be even more so this year because of the pandemic. Junior teams in the QMJHL played between 26 and 40 games this season, while no team in the WHL played more than 24 regular-season games and there were no games at all in the OHL.

The first round of the NHL Draft will be held Friday (8 p.m., SN, TVA Sports) with Rounds 2 through 7 on Saturday.

“It’s interesting,” Trevor Timmins, the Canadiens’ assistant general manager, said Thursday. “I think we’ve learned a lot on how we can improve the way we operate in the scouting world through this pandemic and this being the second draft. It’s interesting because you…

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