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  1. Great news to hear Matt's been given a Q-Offer. I think Carle, Emelin, Diaz and Nash will provide a great training camp battle for the final spots in the rotation and will help to keep the returning vets on their toes.
  2. Totally in agreement too lads. I just started hypin' this kid a couple of days ago because the poor guy hadn't got a post in his thread since May despite his presence at the recent dev-camp. Obviously, everyone agrees that Gomez and Plekanecs are the top two centres, but with Metropolit and Moore gone and Lapierre possibly moving to wing, that leaves two open spots, three if you count the black aces, which always includes a centreman. So with three potential spots open, who are the contenders and who are the pretenders? While the recent re-signing of Lapierre guarantees Montreal another year of his patented shift-disturbing style of play, there is no guarantee that he will line up at centre as he did last season. Laps would have to be the official front runner for one of the two remaining starting spots, but the Habs braintrust may move him to the wing if they feel they can inject a more offensively talented prospect down the middle. Lapierre's meager 14 points in 76 games last year, combined with a -14 rating, may precipitate just such a move. If then, hypothetically, Laps was moved to wing and three spots were made available, who would fill those skates. Pyatt, Pouliot and recently-acquired Dustin Boyd can and have played centre, but I'm talking prospects here. Ben Maxwell would have to be considered top of the list, not only because of his pedigree ('06 2nd Rd.) and experience (2 full AHL seasons with call-ups) but also because management kept him with the big club during last year's playoff drive, a sure sign they have something in store for him. If I was a gamblin' man, I'd have to put my money on Eller to snag the final starting spot, although he'll need to have a good camp to fend off the competition in what should be a hotly-contested battle at the faceoff circle. With Maxy and the "EL" train playing most nights, the final spot comes down to a game of musical chairs between three talented but completely different players who will vie for the privilege of watching the game from the pressbox on a regular basis. My number 1 candidate is Ryan White, who has paid his dues with two full years on the farm and looks like he's ready to make the jump. Drafted right after Ben Maxwell ('06 3rd Rd.), White has limited offensive upside but makes up for it with a gritty, heads-up, high energy style of play that would fit his expected role and would help improve Montreal's lack of strength and size up front. FYI: White and recently-acquired Ian Schultz both captained the Calgary Hitmen during their respective junior careers. My number 2 candidate is Andreas Engqvist (you knew he was going to appear at some point), the lanky Swede and official darkhorse in the race. Signed as a FA just over a year ago, AE played last season in the SEL, where he posted career highs in all regular season stats and then followed it up with an incredible playoff performance (13 pts in 16 gms). Montreal is so high on this kid that they allowed him to modify his original three year deal to play one final season at home, and then recently signed one of his Djurgardens teammates from last year (Kyle Klubertanz) to help in his transition to North America. If AE doesn't make the Habs right away, I guarantee they'll pair him with Kyle in Hamilton. My number 3 candidate is tiny but talented David Desharnais, the local favourite who despite his small stature (5'7" on a good day) has proven he can score at any level in any league. In his final two seasons in junior, he amassed 226 regular season points (124 gms) for Chicoutimi. In his first full pro season, he set the ECHL all-time record for points in both the regular season (106) and playoffs (33). Last year in Hamilton, he led the team in regular season and playoff scoring en route to setting the all-time franchise record for points in a season (78). Simply put, this kid produces. But the question remains, can he do it at the next level? And more importantly, can Montreal afford to dress another vertically challenged centreman in an already undersized group of forwards? So, to make a short story long, that's my take on Engqvist. He's flying under the radar still, but you can't count him out. And besides, at least now the kid's got some press. Nine posts in the last four days ain't bad considering he was persona non grata since May 19th.
  3. As far as Euro-scoring (SEL in particular) is concerned, here's a few hard facts: 1) Compared to the NHL, point totals are lower right across the board. 2) The SEL regular season is only 55 games in length. 3) A point-a-game pace makes you an All-Star, if not a Hall-of-Famer. As far as a "ceiling" for AE, I'm really not quite sure, although I am certain he will make the NHL. Size, skill and desire are the three big prerequisites in my book, and he's got 'em all.
  4. Considering poor old Andrew has been a Habs forum afterthought for almost two months now, I thought someone had to chime in on a young, talented forward prospect who could end up being a training camp wild card come September. He's young (22), big (6'3",200) and is coming off a breakout season in the SEL, where he tallied an impressive 26 pts in 55 regular season matches, before taking his game to a whole new level in the playoffs, where he notched 13 pts in 16 contests, helping propel D-Garden to the Swedish league finals. He's still young and has room to grow, but at 22, and with a couple of years of pro hockey under his belt, he is much further along than some of our other forward prospects. Interesting Note: Montreal recently inked Yankee D-Man Kyle Klubertanz to a one year FA contract. FYI, Double K was not only a former Ducks third rounder (2004) but was a teammate of AE last season on D-Garden, where he led the team in points by a rearguard.
  5. I'm doin' a little Down South Jukin' with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  6. Sanford is 4-0 in his last four starts, having allowed a mere three goals while recording two shutouts.
  7. On Jan.18th, KHL Club Sevestal sent Trunev back to the MHL, Russia's version of the Major Junior ranks. Obviously he is not lighting it up with the parent club in limited icetime, so he has been sent down to work on his game. In three MHL contests since his arrival Jan.19th, Trunev has scored seven points, including a five-point outburst in his inaugural game.
  8. Andrew is currently on a six game point-scoring streak (7 pts.) and is coming off his third 2-point game of the year. As of last night, AE has amassed 21 points (10G, 11A) in 40 SEL contests so far this season with a +5 rating and 24 PIMs.
  9. This is an incredibly stupid thread with no purpose and should be stopped immediately. -The Winner
  10. Lynyrd Skynyrd Call Me The Breeze. Greatest guitar band to ever grace a stage.
  11. I dunno Chris. If improving your toughness and skating is such an easy task, then how come Hal "No Skill" Gill is still slow and wimpy after 10 years in the pros?
  12. Therefore, to summarize, he's slow and wimpy.
  13. Those are just my two fall-back options in case we don't re-sign Brisebois and Metropolit says no.
  14. I think it's high time that Greg Stewart got the "C". Either him, or Mathieu Darche.
  15. When you let your captain and all your assistant captains go at the same time(could be a first in NHL history), it leaves a bit of a leadership vacuum, don't you think? Montreal was already a team lacking in character and leadership, and now we have rid ourselves of what precious little we did possess. We are now officially the most spineless, leaderless and rudderless team in the league. Personally, I don't think anyone on the current roster wants the job. They'll probably have to draw straws, with the loser having to don the "C". Or maybe they'll move it around regularly, so as not to unnecessarily punish any one player more than the others. PS: Please don't remove Komisarek's name from the candidate's list. I can't vote for him (AGAIN) as I have already cast my ballot, but I'd love to see some more votes for the Komikazee. Go Mikey! We suck.
  16. Ryan Russell reached the 20-goal plateau last night, as he netted a pair of markers in a 6-2 Hamilton victory. Russell has recorded 39 points through 77 games this season with an impressive +27 rating, and interestingly enough, he has more goals than assists to date. There's no R 'n' R for this kid. Plus I couldn't stand to see him on page three anymore with Janne Lahti.
  17. Steve Quailer had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 drubbing of Boston College. He now has 17 points in 26 games with a +3 rating. Way to go Steve-O!
  18. Steve-O scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Western Michigan, giving him 12 points in 17 games. Emerging power forward on nationally ranked team. Me like. Me like alot.
  19. And Russell can't run home to Russia either. That's good.
  20. I figured we picked Russell up just to help Maxwell's development in Hamilton, by providing him with a former linemate and familiar face to lessen the shock of jumping from the WHL to the pros. If he turns into an NHL player, that would be an incredible bonus. So far, he's pacing Maxwell in goals, with each tallying six to date in the season. Way to go Ryan!
  21. Northeastern University Huskies forward and Montreal Canadiens draft pick Steve Quailer scored a goal in his first ever collegiate regular season game Oct.10th against the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Great start Stev-O! Fill that net!
  22. Flunky's the name. Originally from Montreal, now residing in Ottawa. Favourite Current Hab: Komisarek All-Time: Robinson / Gainey
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