Which Former Client Will Montreal Canadiens General Manager Kent Hughes Acquire Next?

Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes (left) talks
Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes (left) talks / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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William Carrier

William Carrier was a second round pick of the St. Louis Blues but after changing teams a couple of times he finally found a home with the Vegas Golden Knights. After his entry-level contract expired, Kent Hughes negotiated a nice four year extension for the depth forward that came with a $1.4 million cap hit.

The 6'2" and 218 pound left winger has some skill, which led to him scoring 16 goals and 25 points in 56 games last season. But he also plays with a bit of reckless abandon which makes him a tough player to face. He helped the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup last season, scoring six points in 18 games and wearing down opponents with a relentless forecheck and never quit style of play.

The 29 year old is a free agent in the summer and the Golden Knights don't have a ton of cap space to keep him. His offense is down this season, as he has seven points in 33 games, but he brings value for his physicality and ability to move around the bottom six and put a few pucks in the net if given the opportunity.

Carrier is the type of that can play a depth role, and would be an ideal add if the Canadiens are able to move out a big winger like Joel Armia in the offseason. If he plays well, like last season, he could even move up to the third line, but if he doesn't, he can keep a spot warm for a younger player like Emil Heineman until he is ready to advance to the NHL level.

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