Is Kent Hughes planning a big move in the draft? Big statement related to Josh Anderson surfaces
BY MARCO MARCH 15, 2023 (9:48)
However, that doesn't mean that Kent Hughes hasn't tried everything to improve his team. Unfortunately for him, his two best assets for a trade were injured, which hurt the negotiations considerably. For the rest of the players, there simply wasn't an interesting opportunity.
However, the Habs GM may very well get his act together at the next draft, which will take place in Nashville in June.
Hughes has publicly mentioned two goals he would like to address, adding a third first round pick in 2023 and adding a goalie of the future to his organization.
On La Poche Bleue le midi, Guillaume Latendresse said that Hughes could very well take the opportunity to trade forward Josh Anderson, which could allow him to fulfill both of his goals.
One thing is for sure, the Habs will only agree to trade the big forward if the offer is worth it. The team's management was very demanding in its requests.
Latendresse also mentioned that Anderson has probably reached his full potential and that the next NHL draft could be the best time to monetize his services by sending him to a Stanley Cup contender.
As the Tricolore alum says, Anderson has been playing great hockey for several months. He just reached the 20-goal plateau, and could possibly score 25, by the end of the season.
It seems pretty clear that the market for him will grow this summer, as he can bring a very interesting dimension to a team that wants to make a deep run in the playoffs. It must be said that the spring dance, which is fast approaching, will cause great disappointment to many teams who believed in their chance to go far.
These teams will want to add or fill specific needs for the upcoming season, and Josh Anderson could be the type of player to fit many of these criteria. These teams may be willing to pay top dollar for him.
This will be a case to watch.