A controversial statement has just been raised involving a Lane Hutson trade with the Jets

BY MARCO    MARCH 22, 2023  (6:05 PM)
During a segment of his show on BPM Sports, host and former Montreal Canadiens player Georges Laraque made a controversial statement that caused a stir on social networks today.

Basically, Laraque would trade ultra promising young defenseman Lane Hutson to the Winnipeg Jets for Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Wow!

See a summary of his trade with Max Truman:


"One on one, Lane Hutson vs. Pierre-Luc Dubois, do you say yes?" - Truman

Here's the former NHL tough guy's response:

"Hutson versus Dubois, yes! Hutson-Dubois, I do. Dubois is 24 years old. [...] You have a surplus of defensemen. A Dubois, you don't. I would do it."

The latter adds in the conversation that this transaction must come with a long-term contract for Dubois in Montreal. He says there is no evidence that Hutson's success will translate to the NHL.

We really don't agree with that statement, and neither does his colleague Truman. He wouldn't trade Lane Hutson for Dubois.

Yes, you know what number 80 of the Jets can give you when you get to Montreal. However, to echo Laraque's comments about not knowing what the young defenseman will give, a shot at the NHL, is exactly what scares me, but for reasons opposite to him.

I'm more concerned that he will become an elite caliber defenseman who could play in the same league as the likes of Adam Fox, Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes, Rasmus Dahlin, etc.

Would you trade one of our defensemen for Dubois? I sincerely believe that the majority answer would be no.

The risk of making another big mistake, like the trades involving Ryan McDonagh and Mikhail Sergachev, is far too great.

Moreover, the fact that the Quebecer could test the free agent market in 2024 is another argument not to trade your organization's best prospect for him now.

Let's also add that if we follow Laraque's logic, who mentions that the CH has a surplus of defensemen, he has many other backs that I would trade before him, especially since Hutson is the only defenseman with an ultra offensive profile in the organization.

So why trade an extremely promising back like Hutson? It doesn't make any sense!

Do you agree with Georges? Would you trade Lane Hutson for Pierre-Luc Dubois, one for one?

Dubois, 24, 3rd overall pick in 2016, has 56 points (24 goals) in 64 games this season.

Hutson, 19, the 62nd overall pick in 2022, has an incredible 47 points (14 goals) in 36 games this season in the NCAA. He is considered by some to be the Montreal Canadiens' top prospect.

For the full debate: click here.

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