NHL draft winners, losers include Canadiens, Kraken, Blackhawks

The seven rounds of the NHL draft are over, and teams used the two days to stock their organizational depth and make moves to get their rosters in shape for the start of the July 13 free signing agency period.

The host Montreal Canadiens had the No. 1 overall pick and used it to select Slovakian forward Juraj Slafkovsky, who plays for TPS Turku of the Finnish league. The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, who had only two picks in the draft, chose Sherbrooke (Quebec) goaltender Ivan Zhigalov with the last overall selection.

Here are the winners and losers from the draft:

SCOUTING REPORTS:Sizing up the first round picks

Juraj Slafkovsky was selected No.  1 overall by the Montreal Canadiens.

Winner: Montreal Canadiens

A year ago, then-general manager Marc Bergevin drew groans by using the 31st overall pick on Logan Mailloux, who asked teams not to choose him after an earlier offense came to light. This year, new GM Kent Hughes created a pleasant surprise by picking Slafkovsky over Kingston (Ontario) Frontenacs center Shane Wright. Slafkovsky is 6-4 and had seven goals at the Olympics to earn a bronze medal and tournament MVP honors. Montreal later got a center by acquiring Kirby Dach from the Chicago Blackhawks in a three-team trade involving the New York Islanders.

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