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The 2019 NHL Draft has arrived!

The Canadiens head into Friday night's first round at Rogers Arena with the 15th overall selection

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

VANCOUVER - Are you ready for the 2019 NHL Draft, Habs fans?

The Canadiens own the 15th overall selection heading into Friday night's opening round at Rogers Arena, which gets underway at 8:00 p.m. ET.

During a press conference on Thursday, assistant general manager Trevor Timmins confirmed that "in-depth work [was done] on at least 20 prospects" for that specific pick.

Video: Trevor Timmins shares his plans ahead of the Draft

As it stands, the club also owns nine additional selections, including a pair of second-round picks at Nos. 46 and 50. 

Those picks will be made on Saturday, when the Draft resumes with Rounds 2-7 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.  

In hopes of plucking the sharpest young talent from the crowd, the Canadiens' amateur scouting staff has spent the last three-plus days at the team hotel finalizing their Draft board.

Video: Final NHL Draft preparations begin in Vancouver

Video: Psychological test analysis ahead of the NHL Draft

Video: The Habs have finalized the team's Draft list

According to Timmins, the selection strategy this time around is rather straightforward.

"With the number of prospects we've acquired over the last two years, three years, if you look at our depth chart, now the cupboards are getting stocked in all the different positions, so there's not a strong emphasis on any one position at this time," he explained. "We can pick the best player available."

Before Timmins fielded questions, general manager Marc Bergevin was front and center to answer some Draft-related inquiries as well.

"We expect to get a good player at 15," he insisted, when asked about his thoughts on Round 1. "You'd rather be picking 10th or 6th, obviously, but at 15 we should get a good hockey player."

Video: Marc Bergevin on the Draft and pending Free Agency

No doubt the information the Canadiens collected at the annual NHL Combine in Buffalo will play a part in who joins the fold over the weekend.

Video: Understanding the data at the NHL Combine

The club also hosted similar events in Montreal and Stockholm, Sweden to get a better picture of the overall prospect pool around the globe.

Looking back

It's always fun to chat with players about their NHL Draft memories.

Earlier in the week, we shared the story of young gun Jake Evans, who waited until the seventh and final round in 2014 to be selected.

His Draft position has served as big-time motivation ever since.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Five years ago, @jakeevans79 became a young man on a mission."Once I got picked, I kind of felt like I was a part of something and working towards something. It set goals for me to impress."READ ������ #GoHabsGo

Likewise, we also caught up with Tomas Tatar, who was selected 60th overall in 2009 in Montreal.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: .@TomasTatar90's first-ever trip to Montreal was a memorable one to say the least.READ ������ 🐟#NHLDraft #GoHabsGo

You'll recall that the League just announced that the Bell Centre will play host to the 2020 NHL Draft next June.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le Rep��chage de la LNH sera de retour �� Montr��al en 2020. D��TAILS ������ NHL Draft is coming back to Montreal in 2020.DETAILS ������

Tears of joy

If you haven't seen Carey Price's incredible surprise visit with young Anderson Whitehead at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, we suggest you do!

It was nothing short of remarkable.

Video: Price reunites with young fan at NHL Awards

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Hockey is more than a game. ������Read more about the magical moment between Carey and Anderson:The story behind the hug ���'s next for Anderson ��� #NHLAwards

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