The top eight draft of GP Montreal featured 8 of North America's strongest drafters. The draft opened up with Dan Clegg in the 1 seat opening first. Hoping to play U-W Dan's first pick reflected this as he took a Hallowed Healer passing a few cards that were similar in qualitiy. However as the draft progressed it became apparant that this strategy would be far from possible, the 8 seat Louis Boileau put poor Clegg's first pick right into the abyss known as his sideboard by choosing to move right into B-W. After 5-6 packs Dan still hadn't fully locked into his colors yet. It wasnt until pack 7 did Dan finally decide on U-G, these were defintely the best colors for him as the two players sitting in front of him were (Louis) playing B-W and (Mike Turian) R-G. his deck turned out decent, however, not getting to decide on his color combination till pack 7 hurt.
Sitting to the left of Tim was Bob Maher- deciding on U-W right from pack 1 Bob was flying all through the draft. sitting in seat 5 it seemed as though Bob never really got any cards hated from him. His deck is chalk full of great cards (2 Mystic Zealot, 2 Nomad Decoy, Shelter, Hallowed Healer). If Bob should get out of his first round matchup it is this reporter's belief that he could easily win his second GP title. The only problem with this is that his first round opponent Brett Shears drafted a deck to beat Bob and only Bob. featuring cards such as Execute (he is starting 2), Patriarch's Desire (2) and Hallowed Healer. Brett could easily get the draws to beat Maher.
The final set of first rounders, is the matchup between Louis Boileau and Peter Szigeti; these two both have very solid decks, Peter started drafting mono-black and moved right into blue once he realized that both drafters to his right weren't playing it. He has some great cards in his deck too (2 Aven Windreader, 3 Cephalid Looter, 2 Ghastly Demise) but he could have a huge matchup disadvantage because Louis's W-B deck has cards that Peter just cannot deal with (2 Whispering Shade, Cabal Patriarch) and Gravediggers (2) and Zombify to get these monsters back if there were to somehow die.
In conclusion, I see the quaterfinals finishing with Clegg, Turian, Louis and Bob winning.