Major turnaround: Kent Hughes would like to add a promising goalie to the CH by the trade deadline

Published December 20, 2022 at 2:49 PM

The Habs organization is starting to have one of the best pools of prospects in the NHL. Both on defense and on offense, several young players belonging to the Tricolore are making their mark in their respective leagues, which shows encouraging signs for the future of the franchise.

However, there is still one very important position that doesn't seem to be filled by the CH and that is in front of the net. Even if there are several interesting projects among the organization's goaltenders, there is no real contender to succeed the throne left vacant by Carey Price.

Cayden Primeau is not having the season he was hoping for and there are still several question marks about him at the moment. There is also Jakub Dobes who is showing great things in the NCAA, but his future in the NHL is uncertain, and it's the same for the Dane Frederik Dichow.

On this particular subject, it would seem that the Habs' management's plan is to acquire a promising goaltender by the trade deadline. According to information reported by Maxime Truman, the objective of Kent Hughes is very clear.

It is entirely true that the future in front of the net is what is most worrisome at the moment for the Tricolore.

Since the Price draft, the organization has only once tried to draft a true promising goaltender, in 2013, when they selected Zachary Fucale 36th. Unfortunately, the Quebecer didn't pan out, and that was the only real attempt in over 17 years.

The rest were several long term project tries, which never really came close to working out, except maybe Primeau in the seventh round in 2017.

Now, it's time to fix the situation and Hughes is well aware of that.

It's hard to say which goalie might be in the sights of Habs management. In particular, Montreal Hockey Now floated the idea of picking up Quebec's Devon Levi in Buffalo last month. Granted, the latter is a beast in the NCAA and has proven he has legitimate number one NHL potential.

For my part, the goalie I've been wishing the CH would get for a long time is Dustin Wolf of the Calgary Flames. The 21 year old American is already in his second season in the AHL and he is dominant.

Here are Wolf's AHL career stats:

2021-2022 season: 2.35 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and 33-9-5 record
2021-2022 Playoffs: 2.23 goals-against average, 0.929 save percentage and 8-5-0 record
2022-2023 season: 2.33 goals-against average, 0.921 GAA and 14-4-0 record

The Habs could take advantage of the fact that the Flames have a goaltending tandem signed for two more seasons, with Jacob Markstrom and Daniel Vladar. Wolf is therefore stuck possibly until 2025-2026 with the Calgary club-school.

Need I mention that Josh Anderson is of particular interest to the Flames and their GM Brad Treliving? If a transaction is made between the two teams for the number 17, I hope that Wolf will be one of the pieces of the transaction.

If not, the draft is also a viable option, but the goalie selected may not be NHL ready for at least four or five years.
December 20   |   59 answers
Major turnaround: Kent Hughes would like to add a promising goalie to the CH by the trade deadline

Which goalie would you like to see land in Montreal between the two featured in the article?

Devon Levi4474.6 %
Dustin Wolf1525.4 %
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