The Winnipeg Jets have acquired Sean Monahan from the Montreal Canadiens for a first-round pick and a conditional pick. The conditional pick is a third-round pick in 2027 if the Jets are to win the Stanley Cup per Darren Dreger of TSN.
The Winnipeg Jets added a player who has had a tremendous season with 35 points in 49 games. At the tail end of his tenure in Calgary, he was more of a third-line guy as he never crossed 50 points in his last two seasons with the Flames. Since being traded to Montreal, he has been quite solid. He put up 52 points in 74 games. Which is quite solid considering he has been playing on a struggling Montreal team. He should be able to continue his great play with the Jets as he will be surrounded by better players in Winnipeg.
There are several places you could see him fitting in the line-up. The obvious choice is to put him in the second-line center position. Which would look something like the following:
As you can see, when healthy most likely Kupari is the odd man out. The lineup looks solid with Monahan on the second line. He would help with faceoffs as well on the powerplay, as he has been playing on it in Montreal. He is also a very disciplined player as he only has 10 penalty minutes this season.
Overall, this is a solid pickup for the Jets. You don’t really like the price but you have to pay to get quality players sometimes. The other perk to this trade is they did not give up any prospects. The Jets have some pretty high-end prospects coming up and may be used in a future trade. Winnipeg still has $3,278,912 in deadline cap space per CapFriendly. Definitely room to add more to this roster. The NHL trade deadline on Friday, March 8. It will be exciting to see what else the Jets can do.