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Canadians GM Kent Hughes emphasizes player personality

"I don't think talent alone is enough for most people," he decides who will be number one in the NHL draft on Thursday night. I'm talking about that.

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Stu Cowan • Montreal Gazette
Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes (left) and Vincent Lecavalier, a special advisor to hockey operations for the club, at a press conference ahead of Thursday's NHL Draft, at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard Monday, July 4, 2022.
Montreal Canadians GM Kent Hughes (left) and Vincent Recavalier , Special Advisor to the Club's Hockey Management at a press conference prior to the NHL Draft on Thursday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brosal on Monday, July 4, 2022.Photo: John Kenney /Montreal Gazette

Canadians GM Kent Hughes takes first place overall Hockey skills aren't the only things we value when deciding. Choose the NHL Draft at Bell Center on Thursday night.

"It's hard to be under the microscope at the age of 17, like Shane (Wright) is in front of him," Hughes said on Monday at the top of North America heading to the draft. He talked about the outlook for. .. "But it's probably almost impossible to be the first overall choice in Montreal. So it's not just about assessing hockey players as part of the assessment. We're assessing personality and that type of I'm trying to assess my ability to consistently deal with pressure.

"You're excited when you're sitting on the first overall pick," Hughes added. "We expect to use that pick, but we can't promise to sit here and not use it if we get a call.

Hughes is a game where players play the game. It's easy to assess what skills you have in, and whether you need to improve or add to the game, but GM said all players have He added that assuming that he is motivated to learn, has the ability to learn them and incorporate them into highly instinctive and responsive games is a "leap".

Hughes said he often made that mistake when he first started as a player agent scouting his young talent as a potential client.

"I used Brad Marchand (of the Boston Bruins) as an example because he was in Boston and saw him, but he also saw him in the Quebec (Junior) League." Hughes said. ,lived in the Boston area for over 20 years before becoming a Canadians GM in January"For me, he's one of the best players I've seen get better And he keeps doing that. He's 34 years old and is getting better. I look at him and he adds something to the game — see what Brad is doing right now. But suddenly it's part of his repertoire and he's doing it in every game. It doesn't happen by accident. "

Blue Ins chose Merchandise in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft (71st overall).

Hughes said he hasn't decided yetwhether to chooseWright, Yurai Slavkovsky, or Logan Cooley as number one.

"We are interviewing and learning about their personality," Hughes said. "We are talking to many people who know these players from different points and passes in life. Then there are certain elements of the player's character and when they are playing It also appears. When Brendan Gallagher is looking at him on the ice, it doesn't take long to understand his character ... Competitiveness. Another player does something different in terms of character. Show me. Characters are important to us. "

The Canadians chose Gallagher in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft (147th overall).

"I don't think talent alone is enough for most people," Hughes said. "Mario Lemieux may work well with talent alone, but he may be one of a very limited group of hockey players in the history of the game. We value the sense of hockey. But for me, the hockey sensation is also to get a partial understanding of what your assets are and to know your greatest attributes and how they can make the most impact on the game. "

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