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2018 NHL Entry Draft: Who the experts project the Montreal Canadiens will pick at third overall

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A compilation of recent mock draft predictions for the Canadiens’ first-round pick.

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As we all know, the Montreal Canadiens’ farm system needs an injection of talent. It is a shallow prospect pool in dire need of blue-chip youngsters. With a lot of pre-draft prep and a bit of luck, Marc Bergevin and Trevor Timmins will start to restock the cupboard today in the first of seven rounds of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Canadiens hold the third overall pick in this year’s draft. Looking through all the experts’ opinions online, we’ve compiled a list of mock drafts, singling out which player the Canadiens are projected to take.

Filip Zadina

Many outlets (including this one) have the Canadiens doing the simplest thing and taking the player who ranks as the third-best prospect at most scouting services.

Brady Tkachuk

Mainstream media sites tend to believe a bigger body is what the Canadiens will be opting for instead, taking 2018 World Juniors standout Brady Tkachuk in the third spot.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Rising up the ranks in recent months, some believe the Habs will make an attempt to plug a hole at the centre position by drating and developing Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The young Finn shows the aptitude for the position, even if he doesn’t necessarily have the experience as of yet.

At the end of the day, even though there were a few votes going to balanced forward Kotkaniemi (4) and the gritty power forward Brady Tkachuk (5) , the overwhelming majority of experts and draft predictions are calling the high-octane, high-scoring Filip Zadina as the Habs’ pick. You may well remember that EOTP picked Zadina in the recent SB Nation mock draft.

Bergevin and Timmins will have a key decision to make tonight in Dallas. The Canadiens are in a position to add an impact player, and they have to make the right choice.

Who do you think the Canadiens should pick? Let us know in the comments below.