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Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes
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Kent Hughes Reveals the Direction of the Montreal Canadiens: His Next Acquisitions Have Emerged and They Will Boost the Offense of the Team

Published January 15, 2024 at 3:27 PM
BY AARON

During his mid-season review, the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Kent Hughes, addressed several interesting points concerning his team.

One element that greatly captured attention is the recognition of a huge problem within the roster, and throughout the organization as a whole, namely the lack of offensive talent.

This is the most urgent organizational need and the success of the rebuild is likely to hinge on this issue.

The Canadiens rank 28th in the league for goals scored, despite the fact that the defensive brigade is among the best in terms of goals scored by defensemen. This clearly indicates that the team's offense is lacking.


Nick Suzuki is the top scorer of the club with 35 points in 42 games. Where does this production rank in the rest of the NHL? At the 60th position among league scorers.

With a total of 12 goals, Suzuki and Caufield share the title of the Canadiens' top goal scorer. Where does this production rank in the rest of the NHL? At the 90th position among league scorers.

Questioned about this glaring weakness in the Canadiens, Hughes affirmed that he is well aware of the situation and that he would take the necessary steps to add offense to his team.

«We are looking for players who can help us. Are we looking to add offense to this group? There is no doubt about it. We were talking about our defense group and our great depth. If we can rebalance the organization, either by using young players in a position where there is a surplus, or with draft picks.» - Kent Hughes

From what we can understand, as we have mentioned a few times, Hughes realizes that he has a serious organizational imbalance and that he will need to take significant steps to address it.

Hughes' summer of 2024 could be pivotal for the long-term success of the franchise.

The organization will need to capitalize with its first-round pick, which should be in the top-10 of the next draft, by getting the best forward possible. A major trade involving organizational assets for a young impact player must also materialize.

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