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Looking ahead to the 2015 NHL entry draft

It's Trevor Timmins' time to shine

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As the dust settles on Montreal's 2014-15 NHL season, the focus starts to shift to the upcoming entry draft. The Habs will pick 26th thanks to a strong showing by Carey Price during the regular season, meaning they won't get a shot at some of the projected superstars, like Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. However, that shouldn't stop Trevor Timmins and Co. from finding a late-round gem, perhaps someone along the lines of Nikita Scherbak.

The 2015 NHL entry draft will take place over two days, June 26 and 27, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Montreal will pick 26th, 87th, 131st, 177th, and 207th.

They do not own a second-round or a fourth-round pick, as they were acquired by Edmonton in the Jeff Petry trade. Montreal's fifth -ound pick belongs to Florida due to the Mike Weaver deal, however they re-acquired a fifth rounder in the trade that sent Daniel Briere to Colorado in exchange for P.A. Parenteau.

As you can see, it's hit or miss when looking over the last decade of 26th overall picks, however it's worth noting that quality players are generally available.

2014 Montreal Canadiens Nikita Scherbak Stats
2013 Anaheim Ducks Shea Theodore Stats
2012 Vancouver Canucks Brendan Gaunce Stats
2011 Chicago Blackhawks Phillip Danault Stats
2010 Washington Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov Stats
2009 Anaheim Ducks Kyle Palmieri Stats
2008 Buffalo Sabres Tyler Ennis Stats
2007 St.Louis Blues David Perron Stats
2006 Calgary Flames Leland Irving Stats
2005 Calgary Flames Matt Pelech Stats
2004 Vancouver Canucks Cory Schneider Stats

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The Habs need to fill several positional needs, although the most pressing concern this year seems to be adding a talented defenceman to the prospect pool. With Nathan Beaulieu in the mix, Greg Pateryn filling out the bottom pairing, and Jarred Tinordi on the cusp of graduating, there is a legitimate void of defensive prospects in the ranks.

That's not to say that avoiding the best player available would be a wise course of action, although it may be possible to find both an organizational need, and the best player available with the same pick, a lot like Scherbak.

As the draft approaches we'll start profiling players that should be available once the Habs make it to the podium. We invite you to stay tuned as we familiarize ourselves with the next potential Montreal Canadiens first-round draft pick.