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Short-Term Future of Juraj Slafkovsky: Kent Hughes Makes a Peculiar Statement

Published February 25, 2024 at 11:59 PM

As you know, at the end of the NHL regular season, there is the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Obviously, countries are without players who are participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Last year, Samuel Montembeault and Justin Barron helped Canada win the gold medal. This experience notably gave Monty the confidence boost he needed to elevate his game.

Injured last year, Juraj Slafkovsky did not participate, but he could go this year. When asked about it by a Slovak media outlet, Kent Hughes was not very conclusive:

"To be honest, we haven't talked about it yet. We will have to discuss the pros and cons. We are still in the middle of the season and for now we will focus on it. When the time comes, we'll sit down and discuss what's best for Slaf."

-Kent Hughes

It will depend on what is best for the player, whether to take a break or keep playing. For a 19-year-old player, an 82-game season is enormous, and the organization reserves the right to strongly suggest to him not to go, if you can read between the lines.

Obviously, Kent Hughes aims for the happiness of his players. If Juraj really wants to go, I strongly doubt he would refuse, unless there is a major reason such as an injury that could worsen.

It remains quite intriguing as a response from the GM, who once again, keeps his cards close to his chest.

February 25   |   505 answers
Short-Term Future of Juraj Slafkovsky: Kent Hughes Makes a Peculiar Statement

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