Hughes Hints at Habs Draft Strategy? | Canadiens Connection ep 247

Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes (photo by

Canadiens Connection, Podcast, Rocket Sports Radio, episode 247 | Habs, Montreal, NHL, Cole Caufield, Will Smith, Matvei Michkov, Zach Benson, Ryan Leonard, Dalibor Dvorsky, David Reinbacher, Jared Davidson, Patrick Roy

Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes (photo by

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This Week’s Show: Hughes Hints at Habs Draft Strategy?

S1 | Week in Review, Habs News, League News

  • Friday marked the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 to win their 24th Stanley Cup..
  • Canadiens signed forward Cole Caufield to an eight-year contract extension worth $62.8 million.
  • New rules on fighting were announced in the QMJHL. The ‘Q’ Draft was held in Sherbrooke, QC.
  • Canadiens prospects Owen Beck and Logan Mailloux have been named to the OHL All-Star Teams. Mailloux will meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman once the playoffs are over.
  • Laval Rocket signed defenseman Olivier Galipeau to a one-year AHL contract.
  • Be sure to read the content at and check out The Press Zone.
  • Lotto Quebec announced that Will Smith has the best odds of being selected fifth overall by the Canadiens.
  • Flyers GM Danny Briere completed a three-team trade.
  • Shane Doan was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs as a special adviser to GM Brad Treliving.
  • Flyers GM Danny Briere will listen to offers for goaltender Carter Hart.
  • Pierre LeBrun is reporting that the agent for Pierre-Luc Dubois has advised Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff that he will not sign another contract with Winnipeg.

S2 | BIG Topic – Was Kent Hughes Sending a Message at the Combine?

  • The 2023 NHL Scouting Combine was held at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo this past week. 106 draft-eligible prospects participated in the week long event ahead of the NHL Entry Draft at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on June 28-29.
  • What did Kent Hughes have to say? Did he hint at his draft strategy?

S3 | Have Your Say

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  • Canadiens Connection question of the week.
  • Listener’s texts and emails.

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  1. OK, so why wouldn’t Habs go after an Askarov (while Nashville shopped him last season) while fans are clamouring for 9m/8yr wishlist player in PLD? I mean Askarov is still looking like seasons away in Nashville because of Sauros, and their backup..Lankinen. If WPG expect what they will in trade and PLD wants crazy money for a 60pt player, Askarov wouldn’t cost Habs that much $ coming in.
    And as much as Hughes stated that he would look at FA differently, with a 1m increase to the Cap, he doesn’t have an easy time bringing in a 9m player, while still filling RFA coffers. So, why waste assets and salary on a 60pt C? If PLD was an 85-90pt guy, the 9m would be a steal. But for a 60pt player, doesn’t seem like a crazy number?

    • Askarov isn’t ready because he is only 20 years old and has played just one game in the NHL. For that matter he only has 48 games of experience in the AHL. Expect the Predators to take their time with him while Saros effectively manages the number one role. But make no mistake, the Preds drafted Askarov in the first round with the intention that he will be their goalie of the future. I don’t expect Barry Trotz to change course.

      We certainly agree that $9M for a 60 point player is not a reasonable ask.

      Thanks for your comment and for listening to the Canadiens Connection!

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