The 2022 National Hockey League Draft is now a thing of the past for the Montreal Canadiens along with the other 31 teams.
Kent Hughes and the rest of the staff will clearly have “stolen the show” of this draft in the first round, both with the selection of Juraj Slafkovsky and with the two exchanges that will send Alexander Romanov to Long Island and Kiry Dach to Montreal.
Slafkovsky, many expected, but exchanges? No one had seen them coming.
We all expected to see CH move up to the repechage to select another hopeful in the top-15, which they ultimately did not do.
Exchanges involving Jeff Petry, Christian Dvorak, Mike Hoffman and / or Josh Anderson were also planned, but as we speak, all of these players are still Habs.
However, at the end of the second draft day, Kent Hughes said that the number of calls he gets on Josh Anderson is impressive.
“The number of calls we’re getting on Josh Anderson is incredible.”
– Kent Hughes
– Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) July 8, 2022
However, as my colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois mentioned in one of his recent articles, if Josh Anderson hadn’t been traded during the first round of the draft, he most likely would have had to start the season in Montreal.
Well, as we’ve all seen, Josh Anderson hasn’t been traded.
This means that Kent Hughes would have turned down all potential offers he has received and that he wants to keep his power forward.
However, with the choice of a talented front-row striker like Juraj Slafkovsky, and the acquisition of a great center like Kirby Dach, he is tearing the faceoff circle a lot (and therefore could possibly be moved to the wing (unknown ever), is trading with Josh Anderson still an option?
Given the overwhelming demand and interest in Josh Anderson, I am convinced that Kent Hughes did not close the door on such an exchange involving CH number 17.
However, will this exchange take place this summer? Maybe not. Such an exchange could happen in a season or two when (hopefully) Juraj Slafkovsky has finally made his place in the CH top-6.
It is also to be understood that Josh Anderson’s worth may not always be that high, especially when his contract starts to age badly.
In short, it is clear that Josh Anderson is a very important Habs player who is also one of the favorites of the public, but if an impressive offer is presented, I believe that the management of the CH will have a hard time turning it down.
To find out more about Slafkovsky, Dach and Anderson, I leave you an article by Atletico by Arpon Basu and Marc-Antoine Godin.
– A first guest at the Habs development camp.
– Penticton Vees (@PentictonVees) July 8, 2022
– I love it already!
– jf plant (@jfplante_Droit) July 9, 2022
– Analysis of the CH repechage.
Draft analysis of the Montreal Canadiens #TSLH https://t.co/GTlYHXnBaY
– Toutsurlehockey.com (@Toutsurlehockey) July 9, 2022
– Summary of players enrolled in CHL in the last two days.
82 CHL players chosen yesterday and today.
– Mikaël Lalancette (@MikLalancette) July 8, 2022
– Maybe one of the repechage flights.