Acquisition of Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens, which will already become a big hit and a steal? The young defenseman Bogdan Konyushkov named captain

Published September 24, 2023 at 7:24 PM
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Several weeks ago, the Montreal Canadiens released a documentary detailing the behind-the-scenes of the last draft. This video contained a wealth of interesting information. While the debates around David Reinbacher and Jacob Fowler were interesting to follow, the segment discussing young defender Bogdan Konyushkov greatly caught my attention.

Indeed, as you will see around the 13th minute of the documentary, the hockey men of the CH had high regard for the young Russian. Nick Bobrov even went as far as to give the ultimate compliment about Konyushkov.

"You know, we said that if a 20-year-old prospect from the NCAA did what he's done in the KHL, he would be drafted in the second round [talking about Bogdan Konyushkov]." - Nick Bobrov

"His intelligence and passing abilities are truly his main strengths. I would say he was one of the best passers in the KHL this season. He is very skilled at moving the puck out of the territory and he rarely panics when in possession of the disk. His feeds to the forwards were very precise." - Alexander Appleyard




In 64 games in the KHL last season, Konyushkov amassed 2 goals and 23 assists, for a total of 25 points. He also added 5 points in 10 playoff games. The defenseman played nearly 21 minutes per game, while being used on both special units. His contribution quickly made him indispensable to the team.

Konyushkov, at the beginning of last July, signed a three-season contract extension with his KHL club. He will only be able to join the Habs for the 2026-2027 season, when he will be 24 years old. The defenseman also received the ultimate honor with his Russian club as he was named captain.

At just 20 years old, it goes to say that he already has the maturity of a veteran.


Imagine the progress he will have made in three years playing with men and being a leader in the second-best league in the world!

In the meantime, see his skill with the puck in the following video:

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Acquisition of Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens, which will already become a big hit and a steal? The young defenseman Bogdan Konyushkov named captain

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