Ottawa Senators Agree To Trade With Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens have recently made a minor but strategic addition to their prospect pool by acquiring the rights to left-wing prospect Jakov Novak from the Ottawa Senators.

Novak, originally selected by the Senators in the seventh round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, has taken an unconventional path in his development.

He spent several seasons in the NCAA, initially with Bentley University and later transferring to Northeastern for his final two college years.

Last season, Novak made his transition to the professional ranks by impressing in the ECHL with the Allen Americans, Ottawa's affiliate in that league, where he notched seven goals and five assists in just 14 games.

This trade signifies the Canadiens' commitment to enhancing their prospect pool and reflects General Manager Kent Hughes' discerning eye for NCAA talent, particularly those from the Hockey East league, where Novak shared the ice with fellow Canadiens prospect Jayden Struble.

While this acquisition may not be a franchise-altering move, it does provide Montreal with additional depth, as Novak is set to join the AHL's Laval Rocket.

The trade gives the Canadiens the option to sign him to an entry-level NHL contract, should he prove his worth in the organization, adding another dimension to their developmental pipeline. Photo Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports