Mathias Brunet reveals a trade that Kent Hughes has worked on in the past

Elias Edmonson
June 2, 2024  (1:48 PM)

Photo of Mesar and Slafkovsky
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Journalist Mathias Brunet has just informed us of an interesting detail regarding a trade that Kent Hughes worked on during the draft in Montreal.

At the 2022 NHL draft in Montreal, the Canadiens indeed had two first-round picks.
First, we're obviously talking about the 1st overall pick, which became Juraj Slafkovsky, but the CH also had the 26th overall pick (acquired from the Flames in the Tyler Toffoli trade in 2022), a pick that was used to select Filip Mesar.

Kent Hughes worked on a trade to move up in the first round in 2022, before drafting Filip Mesar

In addition to the Kirby Dach transaction, the Montreal Canadiens' general manager also attempted another move on the 2022 draft floor.
«Mathias Brunet, however, revealed an interesting piece of information in his article today: Kent Hughes tried to move up a few spots at the end of the first round, but the strategy didn't work.» - Marc-Olivier Cook

So, there was clearly another player they really wanted to select, unless they were afraid of seeing Mesar drafted before the 26th pick? That would be quite surprising.
Did they want to move up to draft a youngster like Nathan Gaucher?
It must be said that at the time, Noah Ostlund's name was also heavily circulated in Montreal. Everything indicated that Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton really liked him, and he was eventually drafted 16th overall.
One thing is certain, we can wonder if Filip Mesar was Kent Hughes' plan B.
Mesar, 20, collected 52 points in 45 games this season in the OHL, including 19 goals. He added 16 points in 10 playoff games, including one goal, but for now, we have to admit that he isn't really meeting expectations.
One thing is certain, it once again shows how active Kent Hughes is in the trade market. It bodes well for the draft in Las Vegas, where big names are circulating, and where the Canadiens once again have the 26th overall pick (in addition to a high first-round pick).
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