Hughes could be preparing a huge surprise with his first-round pick

Elias Edmonson
May 18, 2024  (7:01 PM)

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Since the lottery results for the upcoming draft were revealed, there has been a lot of speculation about Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton with their pick.

What will Kent Hughes do with his 5th overall pick?
With now two drafts under his belt, we can say that the Canadiens' GM has often surprised. He first chose, to the surprise of many, Juraj Slafkovsky as the first overall pick in 2022 and David Reinbacher instead of the talented Matvei Michkov in 2023 with the 5th selection.

Huge surprise for the Canadiens' 5th overall pick via Kent Hughes with Beckett Sennecke

According to Arpon Basu, Hughes could once again go off the beaten path at the next draft by selecting a player currently ranked between 20th and 30th on many lists. This player is none other than Ontario forward Beckett Sennecke.
«Arpon Basu on the idea of Beckett Sennecke being chosen in the 5th position;

People need to get used to this possibility. It's possible»

Sennecke, 18, scored 68 points, including 27 goals, in 63 games with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. He had 55 points in 61 games in his first season in the Ontario league in 2022-2023. He is a solid power forward who possesses size, skating, game sense, and good stickhandling.
Not only does Basu see the Canadiens selecting Sennecke, but if they don't turn to Cayden Lindstrom, they might look at Tij Iginla. Jarome's son, however, like Sennecke, is currently ranked outside the top 10...
We remember that the last time the Canadiens took such a chance with a lower-ranked prospect, it didn't turn out very well. It was during the 2018 draft, and Marc Bergevin chose Jesperi Kotkaniemi with his 3rd pick. The Finn was, however, ranked in the top 15 on several lists, not in the top 3.
Let's hope that if Kent Hughes and his team really bet on Beckett Sennecke with the 5th pick, they know what they're doing!

Via HabsolumentFan - Un joueur surprise pourrait être le choix du Canadien au 5e rang
MAY 18   |   718 ANSWERS
Hughes could be preparing a huge surprise with his first-round pick

Would you be disappointed if the Canadiens drafted Beckett Sennecke with the 5th overall pick?

Yes35849.9 %
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Only if Lindstrom and Demidov are gone21529.9 %
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