Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has apparently screwed up his former employer’s plans in the draft.
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Bergevin, who worked for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2005 to 2012, is said to have surprised the Illinois team by setting his sights on Kaiden Guhle in 16th.
That’s what The Athletic reported on Thursday in an article co-authored by reporters Scott Powers and Mark Lazerus.
“A source within the National League of hcokey insisted that the Blackhawks wanted defenseman Kaiden Guhle in the first round,” it reads. They saw him as the big defender able to pack down opposing players and complement smaller players like Adam Boqvist and Ian Mitchell. “
According to the same source, the CH were open to the idea of backing down to get a third or fifth round selection, but the Blackhawks believed the Habs wanted to draft a forward.
They thus fell back on German winger Lukas Reichel in 17th place.
Failing to get their hands on Guhle, the Blackhawks turned to the trading market for an imposing defenseman, Nikita Zadorov, notably ceding Brandon Saad to the Colorado Avalanche.