“I’d be surprised if you can get a fourth- or fifth-round pick for him right now,” said one scout in attendance at Saturday’s 5-2 win for the Philadelphia Flyers over the Montreal Canadiens.
He was talking about Charles Hudon, the Montreal forward who showed well in Saturday’s game but has been pushed to the margins for exactly half of this season after putting up 30 points in 70 games as a rookie one year ago. He was outlining why the 24-year-old remains a member of the Canadiens despite such sporadic use.
We’re over a month away from the NHL’s trade deadline and this is the most appropriate time for teams to be asking themselves whether or not players they’d be willing to sell would be more valuable to their team than they would on the market. As it stands, Hudon, who’s a pending restricted free agent with a $650,000 cap hit, is currently worth more to the Canadiens as a depth option and insurance policy than he is on the market, otherwise he’d be gone by now.