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Kent Hughes trading for the second overall pick?

Published May 12, 2024 at 7:51
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Alexandre Desrosiers
May 12, 2024  (7:51)
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The Montreal Canadiens are embarking on an active reconstruction, but to accelerate their return to the top, a bold move at the 2024 NHL Draft could be the key.

General Manager Kent Hughes appears keen on Russian player Ivan Demidov, but with the 5th overall pick, they are not guaranteed to select him.

The Chicago Blackhawks, holding the 2nd overall pick, might be open to negotiation. Three reasons drive Montreal to consider a major trade offer: Demidov's dominance, filling a crucial need, and the flexibility of the Blackhawks. However, the price is high.

According to NHL Trade Rumors, the Habs would likely need to offer their 5th overall pick, promising forward Owen Beck, and the first-round pick from the Jets.


Investing in this manner requires absolute certainty about Demidov's potential. Sacrificing the future in this way is a serious risk, even to expedite the reconstruction process.

The Canadiens must carefully weigh the pros and cons before taking the plunge.

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