Major trade proposal involving the Montreal Canadiens at the draft table

Published May 9, 2022 at 11:01 PM

With the Montreal Canadiens finishing 32nd overall in the NHL standings, it is now assured that Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton will have a top three pick in the upcoming draft at the Bell Centre this July.

With an 18.5% chance of getting the first pick, many Canadiens fans are already dreaming about Shane Wright's presence with the team next fall, but for some experts, the speculations are going well and one of them would have a suggestion to propose to the new Canadiens' management.

As reported by Marco Normandin of, Mathias Brunet is proposing that Kent Hughes trade the very first pick, assuming of course the Habs win the lottery, in return for the sixth and twelfth picks overall.

If this idea seems a bit far-fetched, the journalist from La Presse has done the exercise with the previous six years of the draft and on some occasions, the results can seem quite surprising.

2021 - Owen Power versus Simon Edvinsson and Cole Sillinger

2020 - Alexis Lafreniere against Jamie Drysdale and Anton Lundell

2019 - Jack Hughes vs. Moritz Seider and Matthew Boldy

2018 - Rasmus Dahlin vs. Filip Zadina and Noah Dobson

2017 - Nico Hischier vs. Cody Glass and Martin Necas

2016 - Auston Matthews vs. Matthew Tkachuk and Michael McLeod

We can immediately rule out trading Matthews, but for the other top picks, we can think about it a little more seriously.

What do you think?

To read Brunet's article, it's here and I strongly recommend it to get more details on the proposals mentioned.

May 9   |   403 answers
Major trade proposal involving the Montreal Canadiens at the draft table

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