It seems like the list of preferred players prepared by the Montreal Canadiens ahead of the 2019 draft has been made public by mistake…
The Canadiens recently released a video revealing to their fans what happens behind the scenes with prior and during the annual draft. However, at one point during the video, a Reddit user managed to stop the footage and revealed what seemed to be a ranking of young prospects set by the team.
While the quality of the image isn’t the best, it is possible to identify, in order, the names of Jack Hughes, Kappo Kakko, Trevor Zegras, Bowem Byram, Alex Turcotte, Peyton Krebs, Matthew Boldy, Vasili Podkolzin, Kirby Dach, Cole Caufield and Moritz Seider.
If this is the list the Habs were following religiously at the draft, this would mean that the Canadiens made a huge mistake picking Caufield ahead of Krebs, who was selected in 17th place by the Vegas Golden Knights.
However, we all know that the Habs were aware that Krebs had undergone surgery to fix a partial tear to an Achilles tendon, which may have influenced the team's decision in the hours leading to their pick.
At the end of the day, it is impossible to know with certainty what the Habs wanted to do on that June day and their fans can only hope that they made the right pick with Caufield.
But we do wonder what Caufiled will think of this? As you know, things quickly get out of hand in Montreal when it comes to hockey.
Let’s hope he is ready to prove everyone that the Habs didn’t make a mistake choosing him over Krebs.