Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes and top prospect Dean Letourneau
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6-Foot-7 Monster Set to Join the Canadiens This Summer? A Likely Target of Kent Hughes Has Emerged

Published February 12, 2024 at 11:53

Thanks to the trade involving the 29-year-old veteran, Sean Monahan, and the Jets, the Montreal Canadiens now have two first-round picks in this summer's draft.

If the Canadiens' selection could potentially rank between the fifth and tenth spots, Winnipeg's pick, unfortunately, is likely to be much lower. Indeed, due to the recent successes of the team led by Richard Bowness, many expect Kent Hughes to once again make a pick between the 20th and 32nd positions.

It will be very interesting to see what the Montreal management wishes to do with this selection. While some believe the Canadiens will trade this pick to complete another transaction similar to the Kirby Dach deal, the possibility of Kent Hughes adding another prospect to the organization is also very real.

Moreover, a very attractive option could still be available towards the end of the first round, as a 6'7", 210-pound colossus is currently catching the eyes of NHL scouts. Indeed, center player Dean Letourneau continues to rise in various projections, accumulating 47 goals and 45 assists (92 points) in 42 games with St. Andrew's College.

In addition to being able to contribute offensively, he also excels in defensive territory, known for his two-way play. Furthermore, despite his imposing size, he has very good skating skills, sometimes being compared to Buffalo Sabres star forward Tage Thompson.

"I know Tage Thompson isn't a center, but there are a lot of similarities in their play, as they can operate in traffic. [...] He grew up with a great ability to handle the puck and to dominate in the offensive zone. It's an interesting combination of skills and size, and I think when he learns to use his physique more, he will make many teams dream." - David Manning, head coach of St. Andrew's College

Wow! Interesting!

He has very good hands, he is explosive, and he can create a lot of danger in the offensive territory. Imagine the player he will become once he understands how to use his size to his advantage, much like Juraj Slafkovsky did this season. He could become quite an addition for the Canadiens!

The vast majority of observers who have had the opportunity to see him in action believe he will establish himself as an excellent second center in the Bettman circuit. Note that he will join Boston College next season, where he will join CH prospect Jacob Fowler in 2024-2025.

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6-Foot-7 Monster Set to Join the Canadiens This Summer? A Likely Target of Kent Hughes Has Emerged

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