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Montreal acquires Jacob Perreault for Jan Myšák

Jan 8, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Rooney (17) and Anaheim Ducks right wing Jacob Perreault (64) chase down the puck in the second period of the game at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens have brought hometown boy Jacob Perreault back to Montreal in exchange for Czech forward Jan Myšák, their first move leading into Friday’s NHL Trade Deadline.

The two players were separated by 21 spots in the 2020 NHL draft, with Perreault being selected 27th overall to Myšák’s 48th. However, both players have somewhat stagnated since. Myšák was considered a centre prospect with high leadership, but while he was part of Czechia’s leadership team at the World Juniors, the Litvinov-native’s play driving and general offensive skill development never really took off once he arrived in the AHL. Myšák also suffered a concussion during his time with the Laval Rocket, something that set back his progression. He finishes his time in Laval with 28 points in 88 games.

On the other hand, Perreault has spent the last four years with the San Diego Gulls, the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. He’s tallied 91 points in 161 games during this span. The son of ex-Hab and veteran of 859 NHL games Yanic and brother of New York Rangers prospect Gabe, Jacob Perreault is an interesting reclamation project. In the immediate short term, Perreault is expected to offer some additional offensive punch for the Rocket’s playoff push.

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