It’s late August and there’s no doubt that hockey fans are desperate for NHL training camps to open up. They’re hungry for any relevant puck-related news and that became clear this week in the hockey-specific section of Reddit, a social news aggregation website.
Over the weekend, the Montreal Canadiens posted an in-depth, behind-the-scenes video on YouTube about all that went into selecting Cole Caufield 15th overall at the 2019 NHL Draft in June.
Interviews with the team’s assistant general manager Trevor Timmins, clips from internal meetings amongst members of Montreal’s scouting staff and Caufield’s reaction to ultimately being selected were some of the video’s highlights. However, one Reddit user was particularly intrigued by a piece of paper sitting in front of Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin while he sat with his staff on the draft floor at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
After taking a screenshot of the moment and playing around with it on some type of photo editing software, it was revealed that the piece of paper appeared to be a list (albeit a blurry one) of Montreal’s draft list heading into the first round.
It was assumed that this was their internal ranking of the prospects based on the fact it isn’t the actual draft order. For example, Trevor Zegras (third on Bergevin’s list) actually went ninth overall to the Anaheim Ducks.
With that in mind, it was quite the surprise for Bergevin and Co. that Caufield was still on the board when they went to the stage to make their selection considering they had the 5-foot-7 lamp-lighter in the 10 spot on their list, allegedly.
As chatter about the video and this list continued online, the Canadiens’ official Twitter account decided to have some fun with all the speculation floating around.
The video begins with a list that is out of focus but appears similar to the one posted to Reddit. Once it comes into focus, the message can be read in both French and English: Nope, the Montreal Canadiens did not (can’t believe this) do their draft list by hand. LOL.
You have to appreciate the lighthearted response considering the situation the team was in. However, if we’re being serious here for a second, who actually cares if that was in fact the team’s draft list?
The event is well in the past and, at the end of the day, the organization landed a guy that netted 72 goals in 64 games with the United States National Under-18 team last season.
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