The advanced price for the 2nd overall pick (Chicago) is monstrous for Habs

Carl Vaillancourt
May 27, 2024  (1:13 PM)

Ivan Demidov
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The years go by and remain the same for Kent Hughes. For the second consecutive year, the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens holds the fifth pick in the amateur draft. In 2023, he chose defenseman David Reinbacher. The situation could be quite different in 2024.

Clear about his intentions during his team's review, the Canadiens need offensive talent. While Macklin Celebrini's fate seems certain, it's difficult to predict who will be picked second by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The team's offensive and defensive shortcomings open up many possibilities for the General Manager. Two names are frequently mentioned in Chicago. Forward Ivan Demidov is seen as the perfect fit to play alongside Connor Bedard, while defenseman Artyom Levshunov could solidify a defense that is probably among the two or three worst in the Bettman circuit in 2023-2024.
And if Kent Hughes wanted to make a splash and ensure the selection of the young Russian sensation Ivan Demidov with the second pick in the amateur draft through the Blackhawks' choice, what would be the price to pay?
The price to pay for the 2nd pick from the Chicago Blackhawks if Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens want to move up via trade
As reported by the site Info LNH, the price would be monstrous considering that this player has not yet played a single game in the Bettman circuit. It's a risky bet, but one that could pay off big for the Canadiens in three or four years.
Journalist Bill Scott speculated on the price Kent Hughes would have to pay to obtain the second overall pick. According to him, Kent Hughes would have to give up his two first-round picks this year (5th and 26th), as well as prospect Owen Beck.

Owen Beck is seen as a top-9 forward with decent offensive skills and capable of playing defensively. He is still far from a regular spot in the NHL, but his potential is real. The fifth overall pick is likely to be a safe bet considering the plethora of excellent defensemen available at that rank. Forwards like Cayden Lindstrom, Konstad Helenius, Tij Iginla, and Berkly Catton are also among the potential choices. However, these young players may not necessarily be ready for an NHL start in October 2024.
In the past, Kent Hughes has made a habit of making bold moves as he did with Alex Newhook and Kirby Dach. While Newhook has shown promising signs, Dach has faced significant injury issues. It will be interesting to see if he can finally play a full season in 2024-2025.
Credit - Info LNH: The Blackhawks' pick against that of the Canadiens, the Jets, and Owen Beck?
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The advanced price for the 2nd overall pick (Chicago) is monstrous for Habs

Would you agree to trade Owen Beck, the 5th overall pick of 2024, and the 26th overall pick of 2024 for the 2nd overall pick from the Chicago Blackhawks?

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