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Kent Hughes hit a home run in the deal with the Flames, as the first-round pick could potentially be the second overall

Published January 14, 2024 at 3:34 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

The trade that brought Sean Monahan to Montreal a year and a half ago has been very lucrative for the Canadiens, and it's not done paying off. Monahan is a key player in the lineup, Kent Hughes received a conditional first-round pick to accept his contract, and the player could bring another first-round pick before March 8.

Let's focus on the acquired assets, namely the conditional first-round pick. Here is a table created by Andrew Zadarnowski in November, outlining the possibilities.


One scenario could offer the Canadiens a top-20 pick this year, while the other could be much more lucrative in 2025, potentially up to the second overall pick.


"With scenario number 3, the Montreal Canadiens would receive Calgary's first-round pick in 2025, which could go up to the second overall pick in 2025 or, in the event that the Flames win the 2025 NHL lottery and choose first overall, an unprotected first-round pick in 2026 from either Florida or Calgary." - Marco D'Amico

Kent Hughes will have plenty of choices for his future selection. With key Flames players potentially leaving, such as Jacob Markstrom, Elias Lindholm, Chris Tanev, and Noah Hanifin, the chances of the 2025 pick being a top-10 selection are quite good.

It's essential to remember that this pick was acquired for the simple reason of accepting Sean Monahan, who is one of the best forwards on the team and would still be with the Flames. Incredible!
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Kent Hughes hit a home run in the deal with the Flames, as the first-round pick could potentially be the second overall

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