Draft: Here is what Kent Hughes must pay to move into the top 12

Elias Edmonson
May 23, 2024  (7:58 PM)

Photo of GM Kent Hughes
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While names like Beckett Sennecke, Tij Iginla, and Cole Eiserman are causing a buzz in Montreal, here is a very interesting trade scenario.

There's a lot of talk about the possibility of Kent Hughes trading his 26th overall pick for a new Alex Newhook, and the possibility of Kent Hughes drafting a young player like Sacha Boisvert, but not much is said about the following possibility, which is very interesting.

What if Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens imitated the former Arizona Coyotes and made a trade to get another top 12 pick?

We know that the Canadiens' management loves Tij Iginla, they also love Beckett Sennecke, and there is also the young Cole Eiserman who has his fans.
However, drafting one of these young players with the 5th overall pick might be a bit too early in the eyes of some.
So here is a possible home run.
1- The Montreal Canadiens draft Ivan Demidov or Cayden Lindstrom with the 5th overall pick.
2- The Montreal Canadiens make a trade to move back into the top 12, with the goal of drafting Sennecke, Iginla, or Eiserman.
And now we know what it could cost Kent Hughes to make this big move because, during the 2022 draft, we had a very similar trade that was accepted and announced.
«Bettman announces a trade: San Jose trades the #11 pick to Arizona for picks 27, 34, and 45.

First trade for Mike Grier as the Sharks' general manager.»

- Via Pierre LeBrun

Kent Hughes has the #26 pick, the #54 pick, and two second-round picks in 2025. (in addition to his young defensemen like Justin Barron)
If, for example, Beckett Sennecke is still available at the 11th overall pick next June, would you make the following trade?
To Montreal - 11th pick
To Buffalo - 26th pick, 54th pick, and 2025 second-round pick
It's a scenario to keep in mind, especially since we have a price! We could also replace the 2025 second-round pick with a defenseman like Justin Barron.
Sennecke, 18, is a 6-foot-2 forward who amassed 68 points in 63 games this season, including 27 goals. He added a very solid 22 points in 16 OHL playoff games, including 10 goals.
Imagine coming out of this first round with, for example, Ivan Demidov AND Beckett Sennecke. (or Cayden Lindstrom AND Tij Iginla)
MAY 23   |   798 ANSWERS
Draft: Here is what Kent Hughes must pay to move into the top 12

Would you trade the 26th pick, the Avalanche's 2024 second-round pick, and Justin Barron for the 11th overall pick?

Yes, and I'll take Sennecke15819.8 %
Yes, and I'll take Iginla33642.1 %
Yes, and I'll take Eiserman9912.4 %
No, they will no longer be available20525.7 %
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