Familiar face manning Habs' table

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:36 PM ET

There are a lot of new faces around the Montreal Canadiens: general manager Marc Bergevin, assistant GM Rick Dudley and coach Michel Therrien, among them.

But it will be a familiar one who will be calling the shots at the Habs' draft table Friday night: Trevor Timmins, the club's director of player procurement and player development.

The 11-year veteran with the Habs oversees the club's scouting system and will come up with the name the Canadiens announce as the third pick in the NHL draft Friday night, assuming the Habs hang onto the pick.

"No pressure. It's fun," said Timmins, when asked if having the third pick brings more stress. "It's exciting. All of our fans and all fans of hockey should tune in to watch the NHL draft because it's going to be better than most reality TV shows because there is no set order to the top 10."

Speculation heading into Friday night is the Habs could wind up with Sarnia Sting centre Alex Galchenyuk. His dad, Alex, played for Belarus in the 1998 Winter Olympics and Alex Jr. was born in Wisconsin, where his father played for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. The fourth-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting, he missed all but eight games last season with a knee injury suffered in the pre-season. He came back to play the last two regular-season games and six playoff games, recording four points in the Sting's first-round loss to the Saginaw Spirit.

He said Thursday his knee is 100%.

Bergevin said the pick is crucial to the Habs' fortunes for the next decade.

"We'll take the best player available," he said.

Timmins said the scouts' jobs are a little tougher because "there is so much parity among the prospects" this season.

The Habs also have two second-round picks, including their own at 33 and the 51st pick (from the Nashville Predators in the Hal Gill trade).

Timmins said he likes the 33rd pick because "there's always prospects there who you thought should have been a first-round pick."

In other news, according to RDS, the Habs filed for arbitration with Carey Price, but it is viewed as a tactical move to prevent the goalie, who can become a restricted free agent July 1, from receiving a qualifying offer from another club.

Talks are expected to progress on a new, long-term deal for Price once the the draft is over.

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