Hughes has completely smoked another GM with a transaction that brings gold to the CH

Published November 10, 2022 at 10:33

Since the beginning of his reign, Habs GM Kent Hughes has made several big trades in an effort to rebuild his roster.

For the moment, it's practically a no-fail situation for him, who is making one good move after another for the future of his team.

One of his last big moves was the acquisition of Kirby Dach from Chicago, through a three-team deal, which sent Alexander Romanov to New York, among others.

Since arriving in Montreal, but especially since being paired with the trio of Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, Dach has literally been on fire and seems to be quietly living up to the expectations set for a third overall pick, as he was in 2019.

Rumor has it that Chicago got rid of the 21-year-old forward because he wasn't winning faceoffs and didn't seem destined to play center in the NHL long-term.

The Habs tried him out, due to a lack of good wingers, and the results were much the same as in Chicago.

However, Martin St-Louis had the genius idea of placing him on the right side of the first trio and the result was literally fireworks. The CH number 77 has exploded since he started playing with Suzuki and Caufield, with nine points in six games on that line.

In total, since the beginning of the season, Dach has four goals and 12 points in 14 games. That puts him on a 70-point pace if he keeps up the momentum. His style of play, on-ice intelligence and size are all skills that pair so well with the abilities of his linemates.

In fact, with his 12 points, the former Hawks would be the leading scorer with the team that drafted him. The impatience of his former organization could possibly cost them dearly if Dach establishes himself as a 70+ point scorer in the years to come.

It looks like Hughes got another great deal on Kirby Dach and even if he doesn't end up being the expected second center in this deal, the Tricolore can be totally satisfied that they finally built a true first line.

The connection between the three young players is very pleasant to watch and it promises for the future of the franchise!
November 10   |   395 answers
Hughes has completely smoked another GM with a transaction that brings gold to the CH

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