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NHL draft winners, losers include Canadiens, Kraken, Blackhawks

The seven rounds of the NHL draft are over, and groups used the 2 days to inventory their organizational depth and make strikes to get their rosters in form for the beginning of the July 13 free company signing interval.

The host Montreal Canadiens had the No. 1 total decide and used it to pick Slovakian ahead Juraj Slafkovsky, who performs for TPS Turku of the Finnish league. The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, who had solely two picks within the draft, selected Sherbrooke (Quebec) goaltender Ivan Zhigalov with the final total choice.

Listed below are the winners and losers from the draft:

SCOUTING REPORTS:Sizing up the primary spherical picks

Juraj Slafkovsky was selected No.  1 overall by the Montreal Canadiens.

Winner: Montreal Canadiens

A 12 months in the past, then-general supervisor Marc Bergevin drew groans through the use of the thirty first total decide on Logan Mailloux, who requested groups not to decide on him after an earlier offense got here to gentle. This 12 months, new GM Kent Hughes created a pleasing shock by choosing Slafkovsky over Kingston (Ontario) Frontenacs middle Shane Wright. Slafkovsky is 6-4 and had seven objectives on the Olympics to earn a bronze medal and match MVP honors. Montreal later acquired a middle by buying Kirby Dach from the Chicago Blackhawks in a three-team commerce involving the New York Islanders.

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