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Draft 2023: a new target for Kent Hughes and it makes a lot of sense

Published May 28, 2023 at 12:44
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The coveted first round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft will finally be decided on June 28.

With the 5th pick, the Habs are in a good position, and there are plenty of talented prospects to choose from. So there's a lot of speculation, and that's normal.

However, as Marco D'Amico mentions, one young American could well be targeted by Kent Hughes, and that's Ryan Leonard.

Not only does Leonard have a good frame and a lot of talent, he also knows Kent Hughes very well and the two are in constant communication.


Canadian scouts have been following Ryan Leonard very closely this season, and several members of the organization were greatly impressed by his exceptional performances at the last U18 World Championship. Kent Hughes is looking for a talented young player who can also handle the high pressure of a market like Montreal. The Habs are considering a few options with their 5th overall pick, and Leonard is one of them.

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