Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes
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Kent Hughes' Target at This Year's Draft Has Been Leaked

Published February 25, 2024 at 6:47 PM

The Montreal Canadiens will have a very important summer, and the success of the club's rebuild could depend on it.

Based on the current season, a striking observation casts doubt on the organization's potential long-term success: a serious lack of offensive talent. Apart from the impressive trio of Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, and Juraj Slafkovsky, the rest of the team is lackluster.

One cannot go to battle with just one talented line, and even though Kirby Dach missed the entire season, his absence does not completely change the situation regarding the lack of offensive punch.

Moreover, while the addition of Alex Newhook is interesting, doubts about his potential remain. Currently, it's hard to see him becoming a scorer of over 50 points per season.

Unfortunately, the future prospects within the club's young talent pool are not very promising. There are several good prospects who could join the Canadiens' lineup over the years, but none have a real "upside" for playing long-term on the top two lines.

Therefore, Kent Hughes will need to perform some magic during the offseason to address the situation, and the first step is the NHL draft.

After passing up some elite offensive players last year like Matvei Michkov, Ryan Leonard, and Zach Benson to select a defenseman in David Reinbacher, the Canadiens must absolutely use their top-10 pick to add a high-level talent.

The player currently targeted by the Canadiens is revealed

On this matter, the former Canadiens scout, Grant McCagg, who still has several excellent connections within his former employer, has just revealed the player who is currently in the organization's sights.

According to him, it would be Tij Iginla, the son of the excellent Jarome Iginla, who is currently the favorite of the scouting team. He has totaled 38 goals and 66 points in 52 games.

This information has been received somewhat bitterly by a large majority of Canadiens fans. If the situation remains unchanged, the CH would finish with the 7th overall selection.

Although he has interesting potential, with such a high pick, many believe that the club would not be choosing the best talent available, as the 17-year-old is predominantly ranked between the 10th and 16th positions by many experts.

Of course, everything could change depending on the lottery and how the draft unfolds, but don't be surprised if the Canadiens decide to select Tij Iginla with their high pick, as he is highly regarded by the team's scouts.
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Kent Hughes' Target at This Year's Draft Has Been Leaked

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