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Wednesday Habs Headlines: The historical advantage of drafting third overall

In today’s links, we look at how third overall picks have usually panned out much better than fourth overall picks, the Washington Capitals are finally into the third round, and the Carolina Hurricanes have a new head coach and GM.

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Montreal Canadiens v Buffalo Sabres

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Historically, third has been a heck of a lot better than fourth when it comes to draft position. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Dominique Ducharme’s long road to the Canadiens’ bench. [The Athletic]
  • Will Bitten contributed to his team’s victory in the OHL Championship with a beauty of a goal. [OHL]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Is Corey Perry still good? [Anaheim Calling]
  • Who could be a good trade partner for the Philadelphia Flyers in the Atlantic Division? [Broad Street Hockey]
  • One year after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee, Joe Thornton’s season was ended prematurely because he tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee. [TSN]
  • This time for the Washington Capitals, it was finally different. [ESPN]
  • It’s all finally clicking at the right time for the Caps. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • How Alex Ovechkin’s excellent positioning led to Evgeny Kuznetsov’s OT series winner. [The Athletic]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are filled with players having career years. [NHL.com]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Rod Brind’Amour as head coach and Don Waddell as general manager. [CBC]
  • Steve Dangle on the Kyle Dubas-Mark Hunter hearsay. [Sportsnet]
  • Down Goes Brown offers hopeful thoughts for the non-playoff teams. [Sportsnet]
  • Humboldt Bronco Kaleb Dahlgren can’t recall the crash. [Sportsnet]
  • Dahlgren says he’s going to “live for the guys who didn’t make it.” [CBC]
  • Taylor Hall, Cory Schneider, and Patrick Maroon of the New Jersey Devils are all undergoing off-season surgery. [TSN]
  • Connor Carrick had a little off-season surgery of a different variety. [Twitter]
  • Two members of the San Jose Sharks are joining Team Denmark at the Worlds. [IIHF]
  • Belarus has fired head coach Dave Lewis three games into the tournament. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Tom Kuhnhackl, lip sync master. [HNIC]