Hughes: “we’re looking for the most talented player who can make the biggest impact over the course of his career for the Montreal Canadiens.”
Once again, he’s talking about “the most talented player”.
These are the words of the man who will make the ultimate decision.
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) May 11, 2023
Ever since it became known that the Canadiens would be drafting fifth overall in the upcoming draft, Matvei Michkov’s name has been the talk of the town. The young man is loaded with talent, but there are doubts about the rest of his situation, as he will be spending the next few years in Russia, where he could be blackmailed into staying.
And obviously, opinions differ. Stu Cowan, for example, thinks it’s too big a risk for the Tricolore. And his argument stands.
🔵If #Habs should draft Michkov
🔵Trade for PLD?
– The Sick Podcast with Tony Marinaro (@thesickpodcasts) May 11, 2023
That said, the fact remains that a team’s goal is to go after the most talented player. And aside from Connor Bedard, it’s hard to argue that any guy is really that far ahead of Michkov in terms of pure talent at the next draft.
And in fact, Kent Hughes talks (publicly, at least) like a guy who’s also looking for that pure talent. Because yes, Mishkov has the potential to reinvigorate the organization’s entire offensive core.
When it comes to Mishkov, however, things look a little different. Hughes acknowledges the Russian forward’s immense talent, but adds a caveat: if there’s a player of equal talent to Michkov, the CH will most likely look elsewhere.
ICYMI: @CanadiensMTL GM Kent Hughes joined @MitchyGallo and @Imstilljon after last night’s draft lottery and he discusses the possibility of drafting Michkov.
Full interview: https://t.co/Ny7FZXqrAN pic.twitter.com/OhiiGhGBu7
– TSN 690 Radio (@TSN690) May 9, 2023
If, at the end of the process, the Tricolore place other players on an equal footing with Michkov, Hughes makes no secret of the fact: there’s a very good chance the club will opt for one of the other players.
That said, unless Bedard drops to fifth (which would probably be the surprise of a lifetime, like), there’s probably no guy who comes close to Mishkov’s caliber. An argument could be made for Adam Fantilli, but he seems destined to go out at No. 2 anyway, so the CH probably won’t have to worry about him.
So, if Kent Hughes is right, I can’t see the CH finding another potentially available fifth-round prospect more talented and promising than Michkov. Nevertheless, I don’t expect the club to select him, because I think that behind the scenes, the Russian’s situation is scarier than we dare admit.
– Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) May 11, 2023
Clearly, then, the issue will continue to attract attention over the coming weeks. The decision to select (or not) Michkov could be decisive for the CH’s future, for better or for worse.
It’s up to Kent Hughes and his colleagues to come up with the best decision.
– Speaking of Reinbacher and the next crop of prospects.
Top draft prospects Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson and David Reinbacher are among the top players to watch at the 2023 IIHF World Championship
– Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) May 11, 2023
– And I understand why he’s doing it. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you, after all.
Shocking quote from our friend @GeorgesLaraque!
On @PaulArcand ‘s mic he says he’d be “the biggest hypocrite on the planet” if he said anything else…
– 98,5 FM (@le985fm) May 11, 2023
– Jordan Dumais got it.
– News from Toronto.
Sheldon Keefe says Ilya Samsonov hasn’t skated since sustaining an upper body injury in Game 3
“As of right now, it’s Joe Woll and Matt Murray that are available … it will be Joe again [in Game 5] at this point” @TSN_Edge
– Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 11, 2023
Knies feeling better and waiting for the green lighthttps://t.co/fJBAp6qFVp
– RDS (@RDSca) May 11, 2023