In a totally (un)surprising turn of events, the Montreal Canadiens have announced that they acquired centre Christian Dvorak from the Arizona Coyotes, in exchange for the better of the Habs 2022 1st round pick and Canes 2022 1st round pick (acquired as part of the Kotkaniemi offer sheet). as well as Montreal’s own 2nd round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
In the event that either or both of the 1st round picks are in the top 10 of the 2022 draft, then Arizona gets the worse of the 2 picks.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 4, 2021
This trade comes in the wake of their decision to not match the offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who is now officially a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Twitter has been ablaze with controversy over the value Dvorak could bring to Montreal, and what was a justified price. Was this too high? Time will tell.
Christian Dvorak is a capable 2C who has put up 146 points in 302 career NHL games. The 6’0″, 195lbs centreman was selected 58th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Arizona Coyotes.
Dvorak formerly centred one of the best lines in junior hockey with the London Knights. Between Matthew Tkachuk and Mitch Marner, Dvorak posted 121 points in his draft+2 year. He also put up 109 points the year after being drafted to the NHL.
As evidenced by his junior stats playing with elite talent, Dvorak has shown that he’s a capable producer. The elite offensive production hasn’t yet translated to the NHL level, but it is rare that players put up tantalizing numbers in Arizona, so the jury is still out on what his true ceiling is.
Dvorak is great at establishing himself in the slot and has good finishing abilities from that spot – an important quality in any player in today’s NHL. He is also a very adept faceoff man, with a career average eclipsing 50% in all situations, and a powerplay percentage nearing 60% over the last 2 seasons.
The 25 year old is certainly closer to having shown his true potential than Jesperi Kotkaniemi at 21, but there is still some runway left for Dvorak to prove that he can be a high-end producer in the NHL.
Welcome to the Canadiens, Christian.