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Friday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens have had their eye on Jesperi Kotkaniemi for a long time

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In today’s news, how Kotkaniemi’s natural talent attracted the Habs’ attention, Max Domi talks about playing hockey with Type 1 diabetes, and can Alex Ovechkin pass Wayne Gretzky?

2018 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Long before draft night in Dallas, Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s natural talent first appeared on the Canadiens radar two years ago in Rauma. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • As a Type 1 diabetic, Max Domi is inspired by Bobby Clarke, who first showed that people with diabetes could excel at professional sports. [Montreal Gazette]
  • After a season of both ups and downs, Nikita Scherbak and Nicolas Deslauriers are looking to grab next season by the scruff of the neck. [RDS]
  • Karl Alzner donated more than just his time to charity yesterday:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Which rebuilding teams are closest to contending? [ESPN]
  • It’s hard to improve on a year-one Stanley Cup Final appearance, but what’s next for the Vegas Golden Knights in terms of locking down long-term success? [ESPN]
  • The NHL is becoming increasingly reliant on young defencemen, with only 25% of the league’s rearguards over the age of 29. [TSN]
  • Dean Lombardi is a serious contender for the job in the Vancouver Canucks’ front office vacated by Trevor Linden. [Sportsnet]
  • Goals are much harder to come by these days than in the high-flying 80s, but despite that, does Alex Ovechkin have a shot at Wayne Gretzky’s lofty record of 894 career goals? [Copper and Blue]
  • Goalie guru Mitch Korn is following Barry Trotz to Long Island. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Gina Kingsbury is taking over Canada’s women’s national hockey team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Despite no trade on the horizon, Erik Karlsson remains upbeat and positive. [The Athletic]
  • Dylan Strome is looking forward to justifying his third overall selection. [NHL.com]