MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the team has acquired centreman Christian Dvorak from the Arizona Coyotes in return for two draft picks.
Arizona trades Dvorak to Montreal in exchange for: i) the better of Montreal's own 1st round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and Carolina's 1st round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft (previously acquired by Montreal); and ii) Montreal's own 2nd round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
However, in the event that either or both of Montreal's own 1st round pick and/or Carolina's 1st round pick are Top 10 picks in the 2022 NHL Draft (after the final Draft order has been established in accordance with the results of the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery), then Montreal will instead transfer to Arizona: i) the worse of Montreal's own pick and Carolina's pick (previously acquired by Montreal); and ii) Montreal's own 2nd round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
Dvorak, 25, suited up for 56 games with Arizona last season, recording 17 goals and 14 assists, in addition to winning 52.1% of his faceoffs. Of those 17 goals, eight were scored on the power play and four were game-winning goals. He ended the season with 12 penalty minutes and averaged 18:24 of ice time per game.
In five NHL seasons, all of which were spent with the Coyotes, Dvorak registered 146 points (67 goals, 79 assists) in 302 regular-season games. He also served 70 penalty minutes and compiled a minus-19 differential. Dvorak has three points, including two goals, in nine career playoff games.
A native of Palos Township, IL, Dvorak played 186 games over three seasons (2013-14 to 2015-16) with the OHL's London Knights before turning pro and establishing himself in the NHL. As team captain, he was a key contributor when the Knights hoisted the Memorial Cup in 2015-16, earning a tournament all-star team nomination. The 6'00'' and 195 lbs left-handed centreman concluded an outstanding Junior career with 99 goals and 145 assists in 158 regular-season games, in addition to posting an impressive plus-97 differential. During his time in the OHL, he had back-to-back seasons with more than 100 points (109 and 121), and he posted a stellar 1.54 points-per-game average with a total of 244 points. He added 48 points, including 19 goals, in 28 playoff appearances with London. Dvorak was a member of Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship. He helped the Americans earn a bronze medal.
Dvorak was a second-round pick (58th overall) of the Coyotes in the 2014 NHL Draft.