Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes and Washington Capitals prospect Pierrick Dube
Photo credit: HabsLatest

Kent Hughes' Worst Mistake: The Canadiens Gave Up on a Future Superstar

Published December 31, 2023 at 5:34 PM

The Montreal Canadiens let go of a promising young player this summer, as he left the organization to join the Washington Capitals.

This player in question is Pierrick Dubé, a 22-year-old forward who had signed an American Hockey League contract last year, following an excellent camp with the Canadiens.

He started last season in Trois-Rivières, where he dominated with a tally of nine goals and 14 points in just nine games. He was subsequently called up to Laval, and in his first professional campaign, Dubé scored 16 goals and totaled 32 points in 44 games.

Such a performance for a 21-year-old rookie at the time is remarkable!

For reasons unknown, the Canadiens did not retain his services in the organization despite a promising season.

A blunder by Kent Hughes?

In his second season in the AHL, the former Shawinigan Cataractes product has accumulated 17 goals and 22 points in 31 games. He is currently the top goal scorer in the league with the Hershey Bears.

« The top goal scorer in the AHL is named Pierrick Dubé. He scored his 17th of the season tonight for the Hershey Bears. It's a shame we let that one go. » - Anthony Marcotte

But Dubé's game is not limited to his offensive record; he is an exhausting player on the ice, bringing much more than just points.

It's unfortunate, especially since we had him in our ranks, but the Canadiens let slip a player who would have provided proud service to the Rocket this year, in addition to having the potential to establish himself as an NHL player soon.

Credit: Habs et LNH
December 31   |   339 answers
Kent Hughes' Worst Mistake: The Canadiens Gave Up on a Future Superstar

Croyez-vous que Kent Hughes l'a échappé avec Pierrick Dubé?

Oui15846.6 %
Non18153.4 %
Latest 10 stories