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  1. Signed with Carolina
  2. Correct . But every year on this forum we read about how people think the Habs have these great prospects , they are stacked on D , they got a bunch of up and coming C's etc etc No one knows if Romanov , Fleury , Brook , Suzuki, Poehling Juulsen , Olofsson, Leskinen are going to be NHL'ers . We’ve got a great future with our prospects,” Price said a couple of weeks back. “But when I think of it, I kind of think back over the course of my career and seeing so many players come and go. So it’s good to have depth in your system, but for me personally, being on the ice, it’s kind of irrelevant until I see somebody in the lineup, you know?”
  3. There would not have been a spot for him in the top 6
  4. Looks like MR Kelly doesn't think this team is as deep talent wise as some What the Puck: If the Habs miss the playoffs again it's a fireable offence Close to a month after the opening of NHL free agency, it’s a fair bet the lineup of the Montreal Canadiens today is the lineup you’ll see when they open the 2019-2020 season on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes. Honestly, there is little chance general manager Marc Bergevin will orchestrate any blockbuster trades between now and the season opener. Who exactly would he be trading from this roster? And that’s the point. If I’m right and what you see is what you get, it’s not looking great. My colleague Stu Cowan reported this week the sports book lists the Habs as having 33-1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup and it also lists the over/under odds for points totals next season and the Canadiens were at 88.5. Just to refresh your memory, Montreal had 96 points this season and still missed the playoffs, for the second consecutive season. In other words, at 88 or 89 points, they are almost certainly not in the playoffs. And I actually think 88 or 89 points is a rather optimistic prediction for a team that has at best stayed the same as last season and/or has arguably gotten worse with the loss of Andrew Shaw. I know we have been arguing about this all summer and, obviously, the pro-Bergevin crowd is always oddly optimistic in the face of facts that suggest there are no reasons for optimism. But here’s the thing. Let’s take it back to basics. A pal sent me the roster of the Canadiens the other day and it was, frankly, a little shocking. As in, shockingly not so good. The first point to note is they’re short of wingers. On left wing, you have Tomas Tatar, Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, Artturi Lehkonen and Charles Hudon. On right wing, it’s even skimpier with Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia, Riley Barber and Dale Weise. Keep in mind most people don’t expect Hudon, Barber or Weise to play for the big club. They have more depth at centre, though arguably still no bona fide No. 1 centre, which has been the case since they traded away Pierre Turgeon 400 years ago. The centres are Phillip Danault, Max Domi, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Jordan Weal, Nick Cousins, Ryan Poehling, Nate Thompson, Phil Varone and Matthew Peca. Again most figure Peca and Varone will be in Laval and Poehling also might well be playing with the Rocket, depending on how his camp goes. Given the shortages on the wings, you figure at least one of these centres will have to play on the wing. You also have to admit it’s not a forward corps with a lot of depth. One Top Six guy goes down with an injury and the whole thing collapses like a house of cards. Not to mention if a fellow named Drouin continues the slump he was on for the last third of the past season, the house of cards also falls to the ground. The blue-line corps is just as rickety. Bergevin still hasn’t found an ideal candidate to play on the left with Shea Weber on the first pairing and if you think losing Jordie Benn and picking up Ben Chiarot is anything but a wash, I have a swamp in Florida I’d love to sell you. Between the pipes, you’d have to say it’s about the same as last year given Keith Kincaid’s numbers last season were similar to Antti Niemi’s. But to remain the same, it also means Carey Price has to have a strong season again. In other words, no injuries and no issues upstairs. He’s already publicly complaining about the fact his window of opportunity is closing and he’s tired of hearing the hype about prospects. So that doesn’t bode well for a happy Price next season, especially if the Habs do as middling as predicts. I know these words of doom and gloom drive some fans crazy, but look at that roster and tell me how it looks like a squad that’s going to do any damage. And if we naysayers are right and they do miss the playoffs, that will make Bergevin’s era officially one of the worst eras in the over 100-year history of the Canadiens. This is a fellow who inherited a pretty decent team, that then went on to the conference final in 2014. Since then, they have won squat. Okay to be more accurate, they have won one measly playoff series since that 2014 run. One! And they’ve missed the playoffs in three of the past five years and missed the last two playoffs. I say if the Habs this season don’t make the playoffs again under Bergevin, it’s a fireable offence. Does the owner of the Montreal Canadiens feel the same way?
  5. Probably but he couldn't crack the LA line up either
  6. Look at the Canadiens history of drafting and developing players . I've heard of three of those guys and I'd be pleasantly surprised if 1 or 2 make it to the NHL
  7. Im Montreal I do it. Im Edmonton nope .
  8. You're comparing KK one day very soon be close to McDavid. I believe LD is a second-line centre Have you seen the some of the players CM has played with. Read this Edmonton is bad hockey club even with CM .
  9. I'll 2nd that . not a chance . How 'bout we give McDavid better wingers too
  10. Reilly was a healthy scratch last year . The other two guys no knows if they are NHL ready , let alone being a # 1 LD
  11. We have a winner !
  12. Yup. Unless one of the young D guys has an outstanding camp . Then you just send someone else down and if the player has to go through waivers and you lose him so be it . See Lernout, Tinordi, Rinat Valiev, Michal Moravčík, David Sklenička , Jakub Jerabek etc
  13. Maybe Weber isn't the issue . Get him an actual 1 st line d man to play with .
  14. What the Puck: Just how great is the Canadiens' prospects pool? The party line for uncritical Habs fans is that all is well because the Canadiens have so many stunning prospects. But do they? Every time anyone dares to question Quebec’s Royal Family, aka the Montreal Canadiens, the rose-coloured-glasses set has one ready-made response. You say they have barely played in the playoffs for years. They say: ‘Yeah but look at all these great prospects’. These same fans idolize Carey Price, so maybe they should take another look at what he recently told The Athletic’s Arpon Basu when discussing the Habs’ much-vaunted prospects pool. “We’ve got a great future with our prospects,” Price said a couple of weeks back. “But when I think of it, I kind of think back over the course of my career and seeing so many players come and go. So it’s good to have depth in your system, but for me personally, being on the ice, it’s kind of irrelevant until I see somebody in the lineup, you know?” Given all of the talk of this spectacular group of prospects coming down the pipeline, I figured the time was right to give a call to my old pal Simon Boisvert, a former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scout and a drafting analyst for francophone sports station 91.9 FM. The first thing he said was that we shouldn’t expect to see any of these prospects in the lineup this coming season, with the exception of maybe Ryan Poehling. The other thing, which will come as news to so many of these uncritical Habs fans, is that there is no guarantee that all of these kids — Nick Suzuki, Alexander Romanov, Josh Brook and Cole Caufield — will turn out to be stars. Drafting is a high-risk business. “We all know that most prospects don’t make it,” said Boisvert. “You pick seven guys and you’re crossing your fingers that two of them will make the NHL.” Before you go medieval on us, understand that Boisvert is not saying Suzuki, Romanov, Brook and Caufield won’t make it. He’s just saying most prospects don’t. But the more quality prospects you have in the system, the better off a team is and the Canadiens have more now than they did a few years back. “The fans are not used to this because the prospect cupboard for the Habs was bare for years,” continued Boisvert. “Now that they have a list, they get all excited. But other teams also have prospects. The Habs don’t play alone. It’s more a question of where do the Habs stand in relation to other teams when it comes to prospects. And I don’t necessarily see tons of major impact players on that list, for now. What they have are good complementary pieces, which is good. I look at guys like Nick Suzuki, Josh Brook, Alexander Romanov. They’re all guys who’re praised right now. But what is their ceiling? Are they second-liners? Are they third-liners?” In other words, we’ll see. This is called objective analysis. This is called not automatically buying into the Canadiens’ spin. For one thing, you might well ask yourself why the cupboard was bare for so many years. I’ll answer that one. It’s bare because until maybe three years ago, Canadiens’ executive Trevor Timmins’ drafting was almost unbelievably terrible. Yes it’s good that the team appears to have turned its drafting around but how and when will this have an impact on the team on the ice in the NHL? That’s what Price was talking about and, in fact, part of the bitterness of his comments is clearly related to the lack of high-quality draft picks during his first decade with the Canadiens. The other question is why Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and assistant general manager Timmins only began drafting intelligently in 2018, after six years on the job for Bergevin and more than double that for Timmins. Last but not least, here’s la question qui tue. If you buy into the new Bergevin philosophy that began in the summer of ’18 – that the team needs to develop young talent via the draft — why is the team’s foundation still built around two thirtysomething vets, Price and Shea Weber? As Boisvert told me, if this was the plan, you should’ve traded P.K. Subban for picks not Weber and you never would’ve signed Price to an eight-year, $84-million deal. The short version is that no other team goes around making the case that they’re great ’cause they have great prospects. They wait and see because it’s a crapshoot unless the players being drafted are named Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid or Jack Hughes. Let’s check back in four years and see how this all shakes out.