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Kent Hughes has just acquired the top 6 forward that was missing


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David St-Jean
July 5, 2024  (2:39 PM)
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Alex Barré-Boulet
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Kent Hughes has been saying for several months that the team needs help in the top 6 forwards, and he's been working hard to acquire that player.

We know he's been involved in several significant deals, including those for Trevor Zegras, Martin Necas, and more recently, Jonathan Marchessault.
While nothing is lost yet for Zegras and Necas, it's over for Marchessault, who signed with the Predators. However, he almost signed with Montreal.
Hughes has made some minor acquisitions, but one of them could be very rewarding. We're talking about Alex Barré-Boulet.
In a discussion between Anthony Marcotte and goalie Louis Domingue, it's mentioned that Barré-Boulet has everything it takes to be a top 6 forward in the NHL.
"He's an offensive player. He's really on the line between a top 9 NHL player or a top player in the AHL, which he's been for several years already." - Anthony Marcotte

"Exactly! The problem is, he has all the talent to play in a top 6 role in the NHL, let's say, but sometimes for guys like him, it's hard to displace other players." - Louis Domingue, who adds that Barré-Boulet isn't really a fourth-line player

With the Canadiens, there are two winger spots to fill in the top 6, so Alex clearly has a golden opportunity to fill one of these available spots.
In the AHL over the last few years, he has accumulated impressive totals of 19 points in 23 games, 84 points in 69 games, and 63 points in 58 games. He's a superstar in the American League.
When he breaks through in the NHL, the team that has him will be lucky, especially since he costs almost nothing. Hopefully, it will be in Montreal and Kent Hughes will have finally found his top 6 forward at a low cost.
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