The Montreal Canadiens aren’t done yet on the trade front as they have traded goaltending prospect Hayden Hawkey to the Edmonton Oilers.
Montreal originally selected the goaltender in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Since then, Hawkey has played three seasons for Providence College as their number one guy. He finished his junior year playing 40 games and posting a .919 save percentage.
The Habs had until next August to sign Hawkey to an entry-level deal. However, it looks like Marc Bergevin chose to be more proactive in moving him to Edmonton. Hawkey may have been another solid entry in the organization’s goalie pool, but they’re one of the few teams to be set up fairly well in that department.
Carey Price is projected to be the team’s starter for the next eight years. Charlie Lindgren, a free agent signed from St. Cloud State, has shown that he has what it takes to be more than a regular backup in the NHL. Michael McNiven, another free agent but this time from the OHL, had a decent professional debut and may get the starting role with the Laval Rocket.
Then finally there’s Cayden Primeau. The Montreal Canadiens took a chance on the New Jersey native in the seventh round of last year’s draft. Since then, Primeau has raised his stock to astronomical heights and may prove to be a steal.
Bergevin saw this as an opportunity to benefit from an asset that the team didn’t look interested in keeping. Additionally, there’s a much greater chance of Hawkey playing within the Oilers organization than in the Habs.
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With this trade, the Montreal Canadiens have two picks in the fifth round next year. But similar to this year, there’s always time to add more.