Gorton and the Canadiens may have a chance to acquire their future Artemi Panarin

Published July 26, 2022 at 2:58 PM

It was absolutely to be expected, but many observers are really starting to draw interesting parallels between the rapid and impressive rebuilding of the New York Rangers (done by Jeff Gorton) and the current rebuilding of the Montreal Canadiens (led by Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes).

It's interesting, because there really do seem to be some pretty striking similarities, as Marco D'Amico of Montreal Hockey Now in particular illustrates.

A few years ago, in 2019, Gorton completed the Rangers' rebuild by signing one of the best players in the world, and one of the best wingers in the NHL (Artemi Panarin).

Now that his new organization, the Montreal Canadiens, has (already) managed to build one of the best banks of picks and prospects in the league, could he repeat the same ploy? Many believe so.

"The Habs' mission to free up salary cap space, for next year, could prove fruitful next summer with Jonathan Huberdeau possibly available on the free agent market.

My latest article for @mtlhockeynow looks at how Huberdeau in Montreal could have a similar impact to Panarin in New York." - Marco D'Amico

Could Jonathan Huberdeau (who is one of the best players and wingers in the world right now) become the new Artemi Panarin for Jeff Gorton and the Montreal Canadiens?

It's not impossible and it will be really interesting to watch next summer.

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Gorton and the Canadiens may have a chance to acquire their future Artemi Panarin

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