This is just my opinion, but I can tell you that Hughes’ passion and respect for Ryan Leonard was obvious just a few minutes ago.
He could have pulled out the old tape. He did just the opposite.
“Kind of Matthew/Brady Tkachuk”.
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) June 8, 2023
Let’s talk about the draft.
If we assume that Connor Bedard is going to Chicago and that Adam Fantilli won’t be available at number five, the Habs will have to fall back on a high-quality player, but not on the cream of the crop.
Especially if it’s Will Smith.
But the most likely scenario is to see Bedard, Fantilli, Carlsson and Smith leave before the Habs, who don’t seem to want to draft Matvei Michkov.
The question that will remain until the draft is who will be the lucky one. And right now, if there’s one name circulating en masse, it’s Ryan Leonard, whose praises were sung by Kent Hughes last week.
That’s been the rumor for a while now.
A lot of signs are pointing in that direction right now → https://t.co/teCax3RuFD
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 10, 2023
Absolutely not. After all, who knows what the CH is really thinking… and who knows what they’ll be thinking on the evening of June 27 in Nashville?
What about Leonard? Is Kent Hughes really that sold on the player? According to Mathias Brunet, who discussed the subject with Paul Houde on BPM Sports, we shouldn’t be too quick to assume the whole thing.
Just because the GM spoke highly of him (comparing him to the Tkachuk brothers) doesn’t mean he’ll automatically draft him.
It’s true that ever since the GM praised the teammate of Will Smith and Gabriel Perreault (the three form an interesting trio), we’ve seen his name linked to the Habs a lot.
The La Presse journalist mentions that, as if by magic, since Hughes’ remarks, we’ve seen several mock drafts place the product of the American development program in the Flanelle’s ranks.
But beware: don’t assume that the GM is going to draft him just because he’s publicly praised him – on the contrary.
Kent Hughes is no fool. He can’t compare Leonard to Tkachuk and want to keep it a secret.
I doubt that’s the hidden card in his deck – Mathias Brunet
Mathias thinks that always playing with Will Smith has shown him to be the one who pulls Leonard. That’s why he thinks it’s between Will Smith and David Reinbacher for the Canadian.
In a gust
– Managing his rest will be a good challenge.
At least the Angels think they’ve found a solution. https://t.co/ruhJbfHlq4
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) June 13, 2023
– With good reason.
Grand Prix du Canada | Montréal defends its place on the calendar https://t.co/iaO0xu3pFH
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) June 13, 2023
– Matthew Tkachuk should be punished less. [BPM Sports]
– Oh well.
Live from the CFL power rankings meeting this week🙄….
How the CFL power rankings voters watch the games…
– Montreal Alouettes (@MTLAlouettes) June 12, 2023
– After the Avalanche in 2022, the NBA champions are also in Denver.
KING OF THE NORTH!🏆
Jamal Murray becomes the 9th Canadian to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy.🍁 pic.twitter.com/PGVtKQNRQ2
– TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 13, 2023