Josh Anderson just scored for Montreal.
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The Canadiens were the biggest favorite to win the lottery. After last year’s advance to the Stanley Cup final, they finished in last place in the basic part of this season.

New Jersey made a big shift in the draw, which jumped from fifth to second. In connection with the Devils, there is speculation about a possible exchange of options in the draft for an immediate reinforcement of the staff.

The biggest favorite in the number one draft is the Canadian center Shane Wright, who scored 32 goals and 62 assists in 63 games last year in the junior Ontario Hockey League in the Kingston jersey.

A high position is expected for the Pilsen defender David Jiříček, who made it to the national team for the upcoming World Cup. In the final scout ranking, he was ranked as the fourth best European player in the field.

The European number one is the Slovak striker Juraj Slafkovský, the star of the Olympic tournament, who won seven times in Beijing in the same number of matches and significantly contributed to winning bronze medals.

His national team-mate Šimon Němec should not miss the selection in the top ten either, and the most useful player of the world championship under the age of eighteen, Jiří Kulich, should also enter the first round.