Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin sees picking 26th in the NHL draft as a sign of success.
For Bergevin, the best pick is the 30th, which traditionally goes to the Stanley Cup winner.
After falling short in the Eastern Conference final, the Habs find themselves with a first and third-round pick and then five selections well down the draft ladder.
Their second-rounder went to the Islanders in the Thomas Vanek deal.
Bergevin says he is open to moving higher or lower with his first pick, depending on the offers or scenarios.
The Canadiens have already made some decisions.
Bergevin says free agents Vanek, defenceman Douglas Murray and tough guy George Parros won't be back.
The Montreal GM also says there has been a meeting with star defenceman P.K. Subban's agent about a new contract.