The Winnipeg Jets have upgraded their forward group as they gear up for a heated Central Division race following the All-Star break. On Friday, the Jets acquired forward Sean Monahan from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2024 first-round pick and a conditional 2027 third-round pick.
Monahan, 29, has been having a resurgent season with the Canadiens in 2023-24. His 13 goals, 22 assists, and 35 points are already the most he’s put up since 2019-20 when Monahan was still with the Calgary Flames.
One of the reasons for the bounce-back in scoring has been his power play prowess. Monahan already has six goals and 10 assists on the man advantage, and that’s probably a big reason why the Jets targeted him on the trade market. Winnipeg’s power play ranks 24th in the NHL with a conversion rate of 15.7%, and it’s one of the few areas of the team’s game that’s been lacking this season.
For the Canadiens, this was a great piece of work by Kent Hughes. In 2022, Montreal got a first-round pick along with Monahan just so the Flames could get his contract off the books. Now, the Habs add another first-round selection by trading Monahan when his value is at its peak.