Kent Hughes made a big revelation about his draft targets, and it indicates a lot of things

Published April 29, 2023 at 12:55
BY ELIAS ADAIME
Since the end of the season, Montreal Canadiens fans have been keeping a close eye on the draft lottery, which will take place on May 8th, and of course the draft itself, on June 28th and 29th.

With two first-round picks currently, one of them in the top-7 for sure, speculation is growing about possible candidates for the Canadiens.

In connection with the draft, Canadiens General Manager Kent Hughes participated in an interview with TSN's Bryan Mudryk and made an interesting revelation for this crucial event for the team's future.

Since Montreal is not an ordinary market, where pressure can reach enormous levels, there is something that Kent Hughes and his team value highly, in addition to talent, of course.


He mentions that character, resilience, and the ability to handle pressure are all very important elements when evaluating a prospect's ability to play for the Canadiens.

These are three important qualities that greatly influence the decision to choose one player over another.

We can even draw a parallel with the selection of Juraj Slafkovsky last year, at the expense of Shane Wright, who was seen for a long time as the consensus choice.

The Canadiens organization loved the Slovak's character and his ability to handle pressure on the international stage at just 17 years old.

Recall that in a behind-the-scenes clip from the 2022 draft presented by the Canadiens, team executives mentioned that Slafkovsky had the pressure of an entire country on his shoulders, which greatly qualified him to handle Montreal's pressure.


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