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Alex Newhook and the Montreal Canadiens, a risky bet by Kent Hughes?


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September 2, 2023  (11:41)
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Kent Hughes has been a very busy man this summer, but his main focus has been on filling out the Laval Rocket's roster. As for the Canadiens, his major acquisition was undoubtedly Alex Newhook.

Many observers draw parallels between this acquisition and that of Kirby Dach. While Newhook is loaded with talent and can break through at any time, David Ettedgui disagrees. According to the former player agent, the new striker is a risky bet.
"I think [Alex] Newhook is a player we went out and got in an attempt reminiscent of [Kirby] Dach, but we're not talking about the same player, the same size and the same ceiling.

We mustn't forget that the people of Colorado weren't mourning Newhook's departure at all. The Avalanche gave him every chance and opportunity to prove himself. The team put him on the 2nd line and he just... failed!

He was a disappointment over there! They didn't want to get caught, as they did with [Tyson] Jost and all the others, talented youngsters, with whom they were too patient at the expense of an early return. So they didn't make the same mistake with Newhook. They said to themselves, let's get him out there!"

- David Ettedgui

It must be said that the Avalanche got a fair return in this transaction, as they got their hands on the 31st (Mikhail Gulyayev) and 37th (Ethan Gauthier) picks. We know that Denis Gauthier's son was on the CH's radar, so Kent Hughes must have really thought it was worth it.
With a four-year contract in his pocket at a very modest salary, Newhook has several years ahead of him to demonstrate his skills. Personally, I don't see much risk in this transaction. The Canadiens' attacking reality is not the same as that of the Avalanche. What's more, we have Martin St-Louis with us, who excels with young players.
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Alex Newhook and the Montreal Canadiens, a risky bet by Kent Hughes?

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