NHL Rumors: Canadiens Linked To 3 Young Forwards In Trade Rumors

As the NHL playoffs continue into the second round, the eliminated Montreal Canadiens are actively engulfed in trade rumors, with the team being linked to three young forwards who could invigorate their offensive lineup this summer.

Cole Perfetti of the Winnipeg Jets, Kent Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Alexander Holtz of the New Jersey Devils, according to Marco D'Amico of Montreal Hockey Now.

These players are viewed as more feasible targets compared to higher-profile talents, offering a blend of affordability and potential that aligns with Montreal’s strategic needs.

Over his three seasons in the NHL, the 22-year-old Perfetti has recorded 29 goals and 46 assists for 75 total points across 140 games played. He was the 10th overall selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

The Canadiens, under General Manager Kent Hughes, are looking to harness their considerable draft capital and prospect assets to facilitate a significant trade.

Each of these young forwards brings a distinct skill set that could address Montreal's offensive deficiencies: Perfetti’s playmaking prowess, Johnson’s exceptional creativity, and Holtz’s sharpshooting capabilities.

Over his first 130 games in the NHL, the 21-year-old Johnson has put up 22 goals and 37 assists for a total of 59 points. He was the 5th overall selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

This focus on acquiring a dynamic young forward is reminiscent of high-impact moves by other teams, such as the Vancouver Canucks' acquisition of J.T. Miller, underscoring Montreal’s intention to bolster their scoring power.

Alexander Holtz, the 7th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, has recorded 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 total points across 110 games played.

As negotiations potentially involve key prospects and draft picks, the Canadiens are poised to make calculated moves that could reshape their roster. The outcome of these trade talks could have a profound impact on the team’s trajectory, injecting youthful energy and skill into the lineup. Photo Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports