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Trade of the Canadiens' 5th pick: Kent Hughes would have one condition


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David St-Jean
June 12, 2024  (4:04 PM)
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Kent Hughes and Juraj Slafkovsky
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There is excitement in the air as the draft approaches at the end of the month, and the Canadiens and Kent Hughes will have the opportunity to select an excellent young player.

The 5th overall pick is very promising, and it is said that the top 5 of each year is in a category of its own, so it would be very surprising if it were traded.
However, according to David Pagnotta, who spoke with many NHL executives, Hughes would be willing to trade this pick under one condition.
"More and more people believe that Cayden Lindstrom is ranked highly on the Canadiens' list and that if he is not available at the fifth spot, Hughes could trade the pick," added Pagnotta

Of course, this statement does not mention Ivan Demidov, but the latter will be interviewed by the Canadiens in the coming days in Florida.
Demidov is a prodigy, no doubt about it. With 60 points in 30 games in the MHL, we have not seen this often.
It is said that he may be the most talented forward in the draft, even more so than Macklin Celebrini.
I personally believe that Kent Hughes might trade his 5th overall pick if both Demidov and Lindstrom are not available. If either one is still available, he will select them.
In any case, we have seen it in the past, and it is impossible to predict Kent Hughes' exact intentions.
The Canadiens' general manager always keeps his plans well-hidden, so I don't see why this time would be any different.
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Trade of the Canadiens' 5th pick: Kent Hughes would have one condition

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