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Major Information Emerges on Blockbuster Trade Between the Canadiens and Islanders

Published January 11, 2024 at 1:41 PM
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Apparently, Kent Hughes worked extremely hard during the 2022 draft in Montreal, and there was plenty of action on the floor of the Bell Centre.

We already know that the GM seriously tried to acquire Pierre-Luc Dubois, before finally settling on Kirby Dach.

This information was confirmed by the renowned Martin Leclerc of Radio-Canada.

But that's not all.


Another player targeted by Kent Hughes through trade at the draft



Former Tricolore scout Grant McCagg has just revealed that before acquiring Kirby Dach, Kent Hughes initially wanted to "use" Alexander Romanov to get a first-round pick to select a specific player.

This is exclusive information about this transaction concluded in 2022 by Kent Hughes with the New York Islanders involving Alexander Romanov.

We're talking here about the Swede Noah Ostlund.

Remember that Romanov was notably traded to the New York Islanders for the 13th overall pick that year (1st round), and this 13th pick was then used to acquire Dach.

But we learn here that even if the Hawks hadn't traded Kirby Dach to him, Kent Hughes would have still made this trade to keep the 13th pick and draft Ostlund.

In summary, here's the concluded trade.

TO MONTREAL:

Kirby Dach

TO CHICAGO:

13th overall pick 2022
3rd round pick 2022

TO THE ISLANDERS:

Alexander Romanov
4th round pick 2022

And here's the trade that Kent Hughes would have made if he hadn't been able to conclude for Kirby Dach.

TO MONTREAL:

13th overall pick 2022, which would have been used to draft Noah Ostlund

TO THE ISLANDERS:

Alexander Romanov
4th round pick 2022

Ostlund, 19 years old, is a 5-foot-10 center who was ultimately drafted 16th overall in 2022 by the Buffalo Sabres.

He has 7 points in 17 games this season in Sweden's top league and has scored 10 points in 7 games at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Really interesting! So he was the other target! (according to McCagg)

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