The first pick of the night was expected to be Wright. The first two picks went to players from Slovakia.
Fans were allowed to attend the NHL draft in Montreal for the first time in three years. The night has fans sitting at the edge of their seat because of the first overall pick.
In a matter of hours, Wright went from -200 to +115, and when the time came for the Habs to pick, they chose the big Left Winger from Slovakia, Slafkovsky, becoming the first Slovakian to every.
If you bet on Slofkovsky on Thursday, you could have gotten him anywhere from -160 to +170.
It was the first time in history that two Slovakians have been taken in the first round and only two picks had been made.
Wright’s name was called at pick number four to the Seattle Kraken, after sitting around for what must have felt like an eternity. The Kingston Frontenacs Center had to wait through 3 picks and two trades, but his name was finally called, and it must have been a feeling of relief.
The Montreal Canadiens had a pick at number 26, and they added a friend of Slofkovsky’s from Slovakia. That was the third Slovakian picked in the first round and put a cap on the first round.
In the last 10 years, only one Slovakian had been drafted in the first round, and that was Marian Gaborik by the Minnesota Wild in 2000.
The first trades of the night were announced by Commissioner Gary Bettman after the third overall pick.
Alexander Romanov was traded to the New York Islanders for the 13th pick, which was Frank Nazar. As soon as the Habs acquired the pick, they shipped it off to the Hawks along with pick #66 for center Kirby Dach.