Solid acquisition by the Canadiens: Kent Hughes pulled off a great move by adding the young defenseman Bogdan Konyushkov this summer

Published October 22, 2023 at 5:18 PM
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The documentary detailing the behind-the-scenes of the Canadiens' latest draft was filled with intriguing information. While the debates around David Reinbacher and Jacob Fowler were interesting to follow, the segment discussing young defenseman Bogdan Konyushkov greatly captured attention. We see the co-director of amateur scouting, Nick Bobrov, passionately arguing in favor of the Russian defenseman.

«You know, we said that if a 20-year-old NCAA prospect did what he did in the KHL, he would be drafted in the second round [referring to Bogdan Konyushkov].» - Nick Bobrov

The defenseman's current season in the KHL seems to validate Bobrov's claims. With one goal and eight assists in 19 games, he's now among the top 20 defensemen in the league. All this while averaging 23 minutes and 52 seconds per game.

The performances of the 20-year-old, who was picked 110th overall by the Canadiens in the recent amateur draft, have made him a crowd favorite. Evidence of this is that he was recently voted by fans to participate in the league's upcoming All-Star game.



Konyushkov, at the beginning of last July, signed a three-season contract extension with his KHL team. He won't be able to join the Canadiens until the 2026-2027 season, when he'll be 24.

However, imagine the growth he'll undergo during this period playing significant minutes in the second-best league in the world!

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Solid acquisition by the Canadiens: Kent Hughes pulled off a great move by adding the young defenseman Bogdan Konyushkov this summer

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