Prominent NHL Analyst Believes Montreal Canadiens Best Fit For Star Player On Trade Block

Jan 7, 2024; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) moves the puck ahead
Jan 7, 2024; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) moves the puck ahead / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens need an infusion of talent up front. They are in the midst of a rebuild that seems to have a lot of answers on the blue line already, but they need some scoring.

The Canadiens do have some scoring, with a first line of Juraj Slafkovsky, Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield dominating play for the past two months. But that is it right now. They are not getting secondary scoring from anyone.

The return of Kirby Dach will help in that area for sure. But more is going to be needed up front for this team to take a step ahead and become a playoff contender yet again.

One player that is potentially on the trade market, and would definitely help fill that need, is Trevor Zegras. The 22 year old had a tough negotiation with the Anaheim Ducks last summer before eventually signing a "bridge deal." His contract is a three year deal with a cap hit of $5.75 million.

TSN insider Craig Button was talking about Zegras being available on the open market and suggested the Montreal Canadiens are the best fit for the super skilled youngster.

Zegras struggled in the few games he played this season, missing time at the start of the season due to contract negotiations, then getting injured, and he only had seven points in 20 games. However, he showed in the previous two seasons he is a top six forward already and a highly skilled one who could be a point per game player in the near future.

Zegras scored 65 points in 81 games last season and had 61 points in 75 the year before that including 23 goals in each season. Essentially, he had the same point totals over the past two seasons as Nick Suzuki, though Zegras is two years younger.

It would cost a lot to get him, but the Ducks already moved Jamie Drysdale - who also had a long contract negotiation in the summer - so you know Zegras is available. He played on a line with Cole Caufield while at the United States Development Program and they would work magically together in the NHL.

Zegras playmaking ability and Caufield's goal scoring prowess would put fear into goaltenders around the league for the next decade. The Canadiens have four first round picks over the next two drafts and need to get creative with one of them as well as some prospects or other picks to land Zegras.