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Thursday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens’ pick will answer the first question of the 2018 Draft

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Here are your daily links, including predictions for the third overall pick, Montreal’s offseason plans, the home opener, NHL Awards, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • If it’s true that “the draft starts at #3,” there are a lot of eyes on who the Canadiens take, and many believe it will be Brady Tkachuk. [Sportsnet]
  • The Habs have a lot to do this summer, but some things will have to take priority. [Sporting News]
  • With Alex Galchenyuk out, the Canadiens need to do what it takes to keep the scoring power of Max Pacioretty. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Judging by their draft strategy, it’s possible to predict who the Habs will take at third overall on Friday. [The Athletic]
  • Montreal will host the LA Kings for October 11’s home opener for the 2018-19 season. [Canadiens]
  • The first Habs game of the new season will be in Toronto on the NHL’s opening night. [TSN]
  • The Canadiens are getting to know potential third overall picks ahead of the draft:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • After being fired from the LA Kings last summer, Darryl Sutter announced his retirement from NHL coaching. [Sportsnet]
  • Get to know the top ten goalie prospects in this year’s NHL Draft. [The Athletic]
  • Wednesday night’s NHL Awards shifted the focus away from jokes and awards to honour those affected by the tragedies of the past year. [ESPN]
  • Nashville Predator’s forward Austin Watson was arrested this week on domestic assault charges. [On The Forecheck]
  • Pittsburgh’s draft strategy tends to differ from many other NHL teams. [Pensburgh]
  • The Ottawa Senators will have to give up a first round pick, but should they give up this year’s pick, or next year’s? [Silver Seven]
  • Most of the Caps’ Stanley Cup adventures have been filled with alcohol and profanity (which is definitely fun), but the cutest moment so far is when several players went out of their way to make a young fan’s day at the Nationals game. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • The NHL Draft is almost upon us, and McKeen’s Hockey did a mailbag to answer some fans’ burning questions. [McKeen’s Hockey]