The most intriguing part of the 2023 NHL Draft will be when the clock starts ticking on the Canadiens at fifth overall if they decide to stay in that spot. @EricEngels looks at the options in front of GM Kent Hughes ahead of the draft in Nashville. https://t.co/HtVssk9pDI
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 19, 2023
Wondering what’s in store for Kent Hughes and the Habs in the first round of the draft, Engels played a prediction game about the possibility of Pierre-Luc Dubois landing in Montreal…
And he writes in his article that, in his eyes, the Habs could be even more likely to trade for the Quebecer if Kent Hughes isn’t able to move up a few rungs, notably to get his hands on Will Smith or Leo Carlsson.
It’s not a crazy scenario. But from this perspective, it’s as if Kent Hughes’ ultimate goal is to add a top-notch center to his roster. Smith and Carlsson are both center players, as is Pierre-Luc Dubois…
However, it’s safe to say that the CH already has two good center players in Nick Suzuki and Kirby Dach. We know that the plan for the latter was clear when Kent Hughes traded with the Hawks for him last year: the organization really wanted to see Dach become one of the team’s future centers.
That’s why this person believes that the CH doesn’t necessarily need a guy like Pierre-Luc Dubois. Unless, of course, Suzuki, Dach or the Quebecer are moved to the wing…
Because we’re talking about players who need to play in a top-6 because of their overall qualities on the ice. At a certain point, it’s fine to want to add centers and it’s fine to have depth in that position…
You see where I’m going with this.
On the other side of the coin, it’s often said that an NHL team can never have too many centers. And that’s true…
– Of note.
#2023NHLDraft prospect Dalibor Dvorský is close to signing with Oskarshamn in the SHL for next season, according to @MrMadhawk and @Expressen
Deal will have to be done by the 27th of June, the day before the NHL draft starts.
– Patrik Bexell (@Zeb_Habs) June 19, 2023
– He’s had quite a season, Tage Thompson.