Sunday, June 17, 2012

Report from Habs Development Camp, Day 4

A final report from my colleague @All_Habs, as the first Canadiens Development Camp of the summer came to a close yesterday:

Moreover, in a complicated situation, it has become apparent the Habs do have a 5th round draft pick next Saturday, after most figured they had traded it away.  So my picks for each round have been updated to reflect this.  See who I think the Canadiens should be looking at here:

The story behind the pick: The Habs have held their own pick, Anaheim's (acquired for Maxim Lapierre), and Columbus's (acquired for James Wisniewski) in this year's fifth round.  They dealt the Anaheim pick back to the Ducks for Paul Mara.  They dealt a pick to Calgary in the Mike Cammalleri trade.  They also owed the New York Islanders their own 2012 5th round pick from the trade that originally brought Wisniewski to Montreal, by meeting the conditions in the deal that the team would make the playoffs that season and Wisniewski would play in at least 50% of the team's playoff games.

So that should account for getting rid of all three Montreal picks, right?  Not so.  The team dealt its own pick to Calgary in the Cammalleri trade, retaining the Columbus selection (122nd overall).  A clause in the conditional pick owed to the Islanders indicates that if Montreal couldn't give up its own 2012 5th to the team, then the pick owed would become a 2013 4th round selection instead.  Hence, the Habs still have a fifth to use on June 23rd!

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