Trevor Zegras wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey
Could the Canadiens make a splash at the 2024 draft? GM Kent Hughes hints at more big trades. Latest rumors, targets, and analysis.

The Montreal Canadiens are in a rebuild, but that doesn’t mean they’re content to stand pat. GM Kent Hughes has made it clear that he’d like to continue wheeling and dealing, with a particular focus on making a splash at the 2024 NHL Entry Draft.

“If I see another opportunity again at the draft, we’ll look to continue the path of being a buyer and not a seller,” Hughes recently told the press.

Canadiens Eyeing Blockbuster Trades at 2024 Draft

Hughes has a track record of savvy draft-day trades. He’s already used his assets to acquire rising stars Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook–a strategy that could pay serious dividends for the future of the franchise. With a stacked prospect pool on defense, and multiple first-round picks in both 2024 and 2025, the Canadiens are primed for another aggressive move at the draft.

One name that’s consistently popped up in NHL trade rumors is Anaheim Ducks star Trevor Zegras. If the Ducks continue to struggle and become committed to a reset, Zegras could be the high-end talent Hughes targets. The Canadiens could put together a tantalizing package centered around their draft capital and promising young defensemen.

Of course, this is all speculation at this point, but it’s a scenario that’s certainly worth keeping an eye on. The Canadiens are rebuilding the right way, and Kent Hughes seems determined to accelerate the process with bold moves at the draft.

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