My Canadiens draft notebook off Day 2, on the reaction to the Reinbacher pick, how it’s landing in the front office, and a lookahead to the offseason: https://t.co/sM8Pjqaode
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 30, 2023
Many fans and experts were wondering what the Montreal Canadiens would do with the Florida Panthers’ first-round pick.
I was trying to spot interesting targets on the scouts’ final lists just before the draft, but nothing turned me on any more than that.
Among the possible scenarios, I’d have to say that the one involving the Colorado Avalanche’s Alex Newhook wasn’t there at all.
Accompanied by the 37th pick, the Tricolore finally traded the Panthers’ choice to obtain the young versatile forward.
Even if he didn’t have a great second season, the fact remains that he wasn’t accompanied by stars on his trio and had few chances within the top-6. And when he did play on the first two threes, it was because star players were injured.
It’s not with less than 14 minutes per game of playing time that a young player gets a chance to shine.
That’s why I think the addition of Newhook to the CH is a very good option.
He could make an excellent trio mate for Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. He’d be able to keep up with the pace of the team’s two young stars, while complementing them well.
That’s what Arpon Basu had to say in one of his recent articles on The Athletic. In it, Basu looks back at the CH draft, as well as anticipating what might happen in the off-season.
“Despite the surplus of centers, Newhook doesn’t have to play center. The Habs see him as a player who can add speed to the wing of any trio, including Suzuki and Caufield.” – Arpon Basu
The Montreal Canadiens come out of the draft with a loaded roster, bodies to move out and little-to-no incentive to bid on players. So as @EricEngels writes, don’t expect GM Kent Hughes to be very active when free agency opens up Saturday. https://t.co/PkizF0o3Ft
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 30, 2023
As Arpon Basu mentioned in his text, if the CH makes any move, it should be by transaction to free up space in the club’s line-up.
For several weeks now, the names of Joel Edmundson, Mike Hoffman and Christian Dvorak have often been mentioned in trade rumours. However, a team needs to show interest, because to take on salaries like these, the price doesn’t have to be high.
I don’t expect much action from the Habs when the autonomous player market opens, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they got their hands on a veteran right-handed defenseman to play in Laval, a guy like Connor Carrick or Dylan McIlrath.
– Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) June 30, 2023
A left-handed defenseman who prefers to play on the right side doesn’t come along very often.
The Tricolore has several options at this level. We can’t wait to see how Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton organize the roster between now and the start of the 2023-2024 season.
– The former Raptors star will continue his career with the Houston Rockets.
A bombshell hits the Raptors organization as VanVleet slips through their fingers, to the Rockets’ advantage. https://t.co/klJkyL1sj4
– AlleyOop360 (@AlleyOop360) July 1, 2023
– Sprong still managed 46 points in 66 games this season.
Morgan Geekie and Daniel Sprong did not receive Qualifying Offers and will become unrestricted free agents on Saturday, July 1.
– Seattle Kraken PR (@SeattleKrakenPR) June 30, 2023
– This will be one to watch this season.
Elias Pettersson is entering the final year of his contract with Vancouver and the Canucks have a very limited cap space.@frankcorrado22 joins @7ElevenCanada That’s Hockey to discuss if the #Canucks should give him a max contract: https://t.co/7eyo1xb88u
– Gino Reda (@GinoRedaTSN) July 1, 2023
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