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2024 NHL draft: Kent Hughes has just received an immense gift

Published April 15, 2024 at 11:34

Here's an interesting piece of news for Kent Hughes and the Canadiens, looking ahead to the 2024 NHL Draft.

Many experts suggest that Cayden Lindstrom, who is extremely promising and will be an excellent hockey player, will be unattainable for Montreal with a 6th or 7th overall pick.

According to many, he will be a top-5 pick.

We're talking about an 18-year-old forward who already stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds. Plus, he has racked up 46 points, including 27 goals, in 32 games this season in the WHL.

He's a real offensive monster.

Possible turn of events and a drop of a few ranks for Cayden Lindstrom?

That would be a huge gift for the CH.

According to information reported by Corey Pronman, who spoke with the agents of Cayden Lindstrom and Berkly Catton, their season is over due to an injury.

This means that they will not represent the Canadian team at the U18 World Championship in Finland, in a few weeks.

« Two of the top prospects eligible for the 2024 NHL Draft selection session, Berkly Catton of the Spokane Chiefs and Cayden Lindstrom of the Medicine Hat Tigers, have ended the season due to injuries.

As a result: several experts believe this could cause Lindstrom and Catton to slip a few ranks in the draft!

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This could literally make all the difference for Kent Hughes, between "drafting young Lindstrom to Montreal" and "seeing him selected at the 3rd or 4th overall pick".

A situation to follow, but this injury could give the Canadiens a big gift in June.

« Cayden Lindstrom and Berkly Catton will not go to the U18 tournament. It's quite possible they'll drop in the rankings because of this.

Will the CH jump at the chance to draft Lindstrom at the 5-6-7th pick (if available) or will be deterred by his injury history? To be followed! »

- Marc-Olivier Beaudoin

Players slipping a few ranks due to injuries happens every draft and often allows more aggressive clubs to make good picks.

Just ask Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders, to name just one.

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2024 NHL draft: Kent Hughes has just received an immense gift

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