Kent Hughes' Worst draft Mistake May Haunt the Canadiens for Years to come

Published November 5, 2023 at 1:11 PM

Since the beginning of the season, Buffalo Sabres fans have been able to admire the talent of a certain Jiri Kulich, who is playing with the team's AHL club, the Rochester Americans.

In 8 games this year, the young Czech forward has already collected 10 points, including 7 goals, and hockey fans in Laval will undoubtedly remember his performance on October 18th when he scored a hat trick and the winning goal in his team's 5-4 overtime victory against the Rocket.

But why am I talking to you about Jiri Kulich?

It's because the Sabres drafted him 28th overall in the 2022 draft presented in Montreal, two ranks behind the Canadiens' selection, who had set their sights on forward Filip Mesar

Okay, nothing too surprising in what I'm telling you but as reported by le site, the CH organization's decision does not look very good today because of the 2022 draft redraft, as proposed by The Athletic.

The expert on the top prospects, Corey Pronman, recently had fun revisiting the 2022 draft and it is noticeable how quickly the Canadiens could regret the selection of Mesar over Kulich.

In his final ranking, Kulich moved from 28th to 14th place, while Mesar dropped to 63rd!

Ouch! He is the first-round prospect who has dropped the most, and with this new ranking, he would have been chosen in the third round.

If Kulich is having a very good start to the season in the American League, the same cannot be said of the Canadiens prospect, who has only collected a meager assist with the Rocket before being sent down to the junior ranks with the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL. However, since his arrival in Ontario, he has performed well with four points in two meetings.

That said, this is just a list proposed by an expert and we should not dwell too much on it, but if ever Kulich became a pillar of the Sabres' attack, it is quite likely that Canadiens fans would hold it against the organization, as was the case several times in the past with a certain Trevor Timmins.
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Kent Hughes' Worst draft Mistake May Haunt the Canadiens for Years to come

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