A major trade proposal involving the Canadiens and the Blues has been raised

Published May 30, 2023 at 9:14

The NHL draft is fast approaching and we're seeing more and more trade proposals circulating on social media.

While these aren't reports from reputable journalists, these discussions fuel debates and allow different viewpoints of the Canadiens fans to be observed.

The Twitter account Hockey Night In Montreal suggested a monster trade proposal between the Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues that involves a promising young goalie and several draft picks.

Despite a difficult season for the Canadiens, Samuel Montembeault had an excellent season and showed he could take on a bigger role in the Canadiens' net. The Quebecer was particularly impressive during the World Championship, helping the Canadian team win the gold medal.

Despite the prowess of the 26-year-old goaltender, there are still some doubts about the possibility of him becoming a true number one in the NHL. That being said, Kent Hughes must absolutely continue to look for a goalie of the future for the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, whether by trade or in the next draft.

The general manager of the Canadiens might therefore be interested in acquiring 22-year-old Joel Hofer. The 6'5" goaltender was sparkling when the Blues called upon his services this season, posting a 3-1-1 record. He also maintained an efficiency rate of 0.921 with the Springfield Thunderbirds in 47 AHL games in 2022-2023.

Here is the complete trade proposal:

- Joel Hofer
- The 10th overall pick this year

- The Panthers' first-round pick (31st or 32nd)
- The Flames' first-round pick next year
- The 37th overall pick this year
- A third-round pick

On one hand, the Canadiens could get a very promising goaltender who could potentially become a number one in a few seasons, plus a second top-10 pick in this year's draft. Kent Hughes could therefore add a very talented prospect to his lineup by selecting a player such as Zach Benson, Gabriel Perreault, David Reinbacher, Brayden Yager, Oliver Moore, Axel Sandin-Pellikka, and Colby Barlow, for example.

However, the Canadiens would have to give up numerous draft picks to the St. Louis Blues (2 first-round picks, a second-round pick, and a third-round pick). It's hard to have a fixed viewpoint on this proposal, as the Calgary Flames' pick could become very interesting next year. However, it could also be a late pick, as was notably the case with the Panthers' pick.

What would you do if you were in Kent Hughes' place?

May 30   |   118 answers
A major trade proposal involving the Canadiens and the Blues has been raised

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