Kent Hughes just mentioned in a press briefing that the meeting with Matvei Michkov took place and that he made a very good first impression, that he provided very mature answers. #CH #Habs #Canadiens
– Marc-Olivier Beaudoin (@MOBeaudoin1) June 27, 2023
And it’s especially at number five, the Canadiens’ pick, that it’s going to get even more intriguing. Right now, Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson and Will Smith are all expected to come in between the second and fourth spots, and after that, nothing is quite as clear-cut.
That said, the big unknown is Matvei Michkov. The Russian forward, one of tomorrow’s top prospects, comes with his share of questions, but he’s unquestionably better than anyone after the top-4.
And he’s possibly better than some of the guys in that top-4.
Hughes also admitted that he’s noticed how confident Michkov is as a young man. And he should be.
That said, while these are encouraging words for those hoping to see Michkov be the team’s fifth-round pick, we shouldn’t overlook the possibility that it’s all just a big smoke screen.
After all, Hughes is no crazier than anyone else: he knows that his fifth pick is coveted by teams who want Michkov, and it’s to his advantage to tout him publicly to force other teams to pay the big price.
The Sportsnet tipster also chatted about Dubois and the chances of the CH going down in the draft tomorrow night → https://t.co/lMg1akvPT6
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 27, 2023
I still don’t think he’s interested in selecting the Russian forward, but at the same time, I didn’t think he really wanted Juraj Slafkovský last year, so I could be wrong.
And like a good politician, Hughes was rather evasive about his plans for the first round. He simply said that he’s not ruling out any scenario and that he’s not yet set on the player he’s targeting. Again, let me question the second part of his statement.
In short, we’ll see if Michkov has left a good enough impression on the Tricolore for them to consider selecting him in the fifth spot. But after the arrival of Alex Newhook in return for the 31st and 37th picks, I still think that seeing the CH go down in the draft is an increasingly likely avenue.
– The Pierre-Luc Dubois trade is now unofficial. At this price, I’m glad the Tricolore didn’t match the offer (both for the trade and the contract).
Pending trade call the Jets and Kings complete a marathon trade. Pierre-Luc Dubois to LA. Iafallo, Vilardi, Kupari and a 2nd in 2024 (orig Mtl’s pick) to Winnipeg for PLD. As @reporterchris reported, extension for PLD in LA is 8 years, $8.5 aav.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 27, 2023
Having Montreal’s pick in the deal is *chef’s kiss* https://t.co/45kRtGU6DU
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 27, 2023
– That’s a good one.
Now that the Kings have added another center maybe they’d consider trading Danault to the Habs.
unless… https://t. co/nhlV9bxDsD
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) June 27, 2023