Vancouver Canucks-Montreal Canadiens Here’s my thought, and I might be wrong: 1) Montreal wants to draft Kotkaniemi since he fills a huge organizational need (Center). However - Kotkaniemi is a guy that can easily be had at number 7. 2) I suspect that Benning likes Hughes, but may not be entirely sold on Dobson/Bouchard/Boqvist. Hence - Benning being open to trading the #7 pick. Benning either isn’t sold at what’s available at number 7, or is simply keeping his options open to see what possibilities are out there. My personal thought is as follows: Hughes > Hanifin > Dobson > Boqvist/Bouchard. Perhaps Benning feels similarly. Vancouver has made inquiries on Noah Hanifin and Ryan O’Reilly, but the price tag is quite high. I was curious to see as to what it would take on Vancouver’s end if they wanted to move up from 7 to 3? Would the required upgrade package be similar to that of what they’d have to give up for Hanifin or O’Reilly? What would be a fair deal? By the way - I would take Hughes at the #3 spot unless for whatever reason, Svechnikov was available. I’m not sold on Zadina and believe that his developmental path will be similar to that of Jesse Puljiujarvi (possible late bloomer but those selected directly before and after Zadina will have more successful careers and faster starts).