Martin St. Louis has never been picked on the NHL Draft, but he knows what it means to have a #1 overall pick as a teammate.
During his 16-year career in the Hall of Fame, St. Louis played with Vincent Locavalier and Stephen Stamkos with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lecavalier was the number one pick in 1998 and Stamkos in 2008 and both made the jump straight from the Rookies to the NHL.
The Canadians will have the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft and whoever they pick will end up having St. Louis as their head coach. On Wednesday, the Canadians signed a three-year St. Louis contract to remain as head coach.
“I think it would be a good position for where we are as a #1 pick organization to come in and evolve along with the rest of the guys, our young core here will be part of our success,” St. Lewis said during a video conference Wednesday. “When Stammer came to Tampa, we weren’t a very good team. When Vinny was drafted by Tampa, they weren’t a very good team. But look where the organization is now. I think it’s a good position for who we pick at number one, if he’s ready to play and if he’s It’s better if he’s with Canada next year, that would be a great environment for his development. For him.”
Jeff Gorton, executive vice president of Canadian Hockey Operations, and GM Kent Hughes took Shane Wright to a Monday dinner at Buffalo at the NHL Scouting Combine. Wright, a center, is the highest-rated prospect in North America, according to NHL Central Scouting. Left winger Juraj Slafkovsky is the highest-rated international winner.
“I’m not going to go out there and say we need to do this, this and that,” St. Louis said when asked what input he might have in who picks Canadians. “If they ask me what I think, I’ll give it to them. It’s not my decision. It’s my decision who gets to jump on the ice at what time in the game. That’s the coach’s decision. Do I go to Kent and Gorts and ask them what they think about the players on my team sometimes, and how they play? Definitely. But Ultimately, that’s my decision. So I expect the same from Kent and Gorts to ask me my opinion of things, but it’s not my decision as to what they do.”
St. Louis will have a say in his coaching staff and have said he has no plans to get rid of any of his assistants. He added that there is the possibility of adding another assistant.
The Canadians had a 14-19-4 record after St. Louis took over from Dominique Ducharme as head coach in February and finished last in the NHL overall standings with a record 22-49-11 before winning the lottery and taking the number one spot. 1 selection.
“Based on my experience – the 37 matches I’ve coached – I don’t think we were the 32nd place team,” St Louis said. “I’m saying that, I don’t know how close we are to the playoffs, either. I think we’ll have a better idea as we go here next year. Who is here in October and how we get out of the gate. We’ll have a better pulse on where we are as a team. But for me , to tell you how far we are… I don’t know? But we are not the 32nd place team.”
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