Florida Panthers first-round pick Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea DogsThe Rocket, Le Gros Bill, the Roadrunner, the Flower, King Patrick and Jonathan Hab-erdeau?! That's just wild enough to send the mind to warp speed late on a Friday afternoon.
In Quebec, the archetype of the Montreal Canadiens being led by a Québécois superstar burns brightly, even though it's been nearing two decades since Patrick Roy last played for les glorieux. With the Habs at or near their nadir and this year's draft class not exactly deep in talent out of La Belle Province, RDS' Stéphane Leroux took the opportunity to float this concept. If the Canadiens, currently third-last in the NHL, finish there and land in the NHL draft lottery, how about trading for reigning MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP and Montreal-area native Jonathan Huberdeau, last spring's No. 3 pick, instead of drafting a European such as Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko or Filip Forsberg. Here's a rough translation:
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Who knows how these young hopefuls will develop over the next few years? Although all three [Yakupov, Grigorenko, Forsberg] appear to be of sound value, two are Russians and one is Swedish. I launched the idea like that, after a good discussion a few days ago with colleague Tony Marinaro, why should the Canadiens not try everything possible to get the rights to Quebec forward Jonathan Huberdeau from the Florida Panthers? The Saint John Sea Dogs star strike also seems like a safe bet, like the three names mentioned above.
... I cannot say if the Panthers are willing to compromise Huberdeau, MVP of the Memorial Cup tournament in 2011, but it seems to me that Canadiens should at least try. Let us assume one step further by assuming that the Canadiens won the lottery and end up with the first overall pick. The equation becomes even simpler: Yakupov against Huberdeau (one for one). (RDS.ca)