The 2014 NHL draft will be an interesting one, not only for the Montreal Canadiens but for all teams across the league. There isn't much agreement among scouts; therefore, predicting a perfect fit for an organization won't be easy.
There is no consensus No. 1 pick this year.
Defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts (OHL) tops TSN's Bob McKenzie's rankings at midseason.
TSN director of scouting Craig Button thinks Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice (WHL) should be the top pick.
And Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) tops the NHL Central Scouting Services midterm rankings of North American skaters.
There doesn't even seem to be a dominant league or region this year, as Gare Joyce of Sportsnet.ca points out. Draft eligible players are scattered all over North America and Europe.
It's a strange draft year indeed.
Barring an epic collapse, the Montreal Canadiens won't have a chance at the first pick. They shouldn't be anywhere near the top five, really. Assuming they stay close to their current placement in the standings, the Habs should be drafting around the middle of the first round.
Based on draft placement and organizational needs, here are five perfect fits for the Montreal Canadiens at the 2014 NHL draft.