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Eller

Price

PK and Eller - 1st year in the NHL, provided they make it, which they should. It will be interesting to see how they do .

Price - 'cause now he's the man .

Everyone else has, for the most part, been in the NHL for sometime now so I'm not expecting anything different than what we've seen from them in prior years

I don't expect anyone or two players to have 80 + point season let alone a 70 + pt season

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Yes, some funny business I'll try my damnest best to bring Lapierre into , it would be the icing on the cake, or the catsup on the jersey, whatever :D

I am quite surprised that the penalty for failure should involve eating one of the fabled Toronto Maple Leaf Jersey jersey's My preference would be Dave Keon's # 14.

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Hab players... we may have the best training camp in ages.

I am quite surprised that the penalty for failure should involve eating one of the fabled Toronto Maple Leaf Jersey jersey's My preference would be Dave Keon's # 14.

A jersey that has never been retired, despite Keon's wishes.

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A jersey that has never been retired, despite Keon's wishes.

Leafs do not retire jerseys........apparently

Wait, so since his NHL debut he hasn't been the man?

Well he has but if he failed there was always someone in the back waiting

I don't think Auld is a guy we should be resting our hopes on if Price faulters

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Hard to say, generally every season a handful of players have outlier seasons, both good and bad. Last year Gionta scored at a pace I didn't imagine he could anymore so while it's likely he regresses, at least in terms of per game numbers, it's possible we see a guy like Kostitsyn or Gomez have a year where they out perform reasonable expectations.

As for Carey, nothing he can do will surprise me. Banking on goalies for anything resembling a consistent year to year performance is suicide.

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I think that Eller may surprise us and I think Ryan O'Byrne will emerge as a very consistent D-man. Ryan will likely come out like gangbusters again this year, felt so bad for him geting hurt so early after coming into the season with such gusto and confidence. Spacek may well play on his natural side this year and could see a lot of improvement over last year.

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I think that Eller may surprise us and I think Ryan O'Byrne will emerge as a very consistent D-man. Ryan will likely come out like gangbusters again this year, felt so bad for him geting hurt so early after coming into the season with such gusto and confidence. Spacek may well play on his natural side this year and could see a lot of improvement over last year.

I like O'byrn very much i think he is learning and getting much more talent with each season and soon i think under the right people he will shine and turn into a solid 2nd line defensman. I think he is already a good 3rd line defensman but i would like to see him take that extra step. And with Markovs injury he has a shot at really proving himself on the defensive unit. I am very confident that he will have a good season this year and prove all his doubters wrong. He needs consistency and confidence, but i think Martin has done a great job in giving him equal dosses of both.

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The whole team will be a suprise

If the hockey gods don't tell lies

Our team is going to be

What no one expects but me

They are going to play so really well

Around the ice like bats from hell

Dodging and weaving with the puck

We have the skill just need the luck

People like Laps will show their speed

Which is very fast indeed

Price will be like a granite wall

It's gonna take dynamite to make him fall

As long as AK is really feeling good

There is no need to knock on wood

Smiley face Cammi will always shoot

To give the other teams the boot

LIL Smudge doesn't make a lot of noise

Just treats the other team as toys

Gomez might be small but he's tough

He won't let the other teams play rough

Pleks this guy is all over the place

Not many can beat him in a race

BP we will have to see what this season brings

Better be good or you might sprout wings

Gorges and Gill will spend hours out there

Blocking shots they don't care

Spacek I hope you can play where you should

You would be happier if you could

Markov we hope you are soon able to play

We the fans can't wait for that day

Hammer and OBie what would we do

If it wasn't for the like of you

PK you will bring the light

Please I don't want to see you fight

Pyatt can't wait to see what you bring

I think you will help us get that cup ring

Eller you know just what to expect

Hope the fans treat you with respect

Boyd you will have to work really hard

To keep yourself on JM's card

Moen we know what a soldier you

And to prove it you have the scar

Darche we know how you play

Hope you get to keep your place someday

Ben Max you are always here

You will get your chance never fear

So who is left to bring up

Who can help to win that cup

Could Patches do it or maybe Dave D

Perhaps we will have to wait and see

What about Kristo Trotter or White

Atvaskin could do it he might

Perhaps we will see Wyman play again

Nothing to lose only gain

There will be no suprise for me

They all will be great wait and see

GO HABS GO :D :D

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I have 3 choices for players who might surprise.

1) Scott Gomez: I think a lot of people expect Cammalleri, Gionta, and Plekanec to lead the attack, but don't count out Scott Gomez. he's my pre-season pick to finish first in team scoring. A lot of variables are at play obviously, but the guy has definite chemistry with Gionta and if the two of them can stay relatively healthy and find a winger who can do more than last year's Benny, they'll have good success. Gomez is the Habs' best forward in the neutral zone and while I don't expect him to score, I think we'll see him have more success in the offensive zone this year. I think he'll surprise in that a lot of people have picked on him for his contract and as I said, because his play seems to be somewhat over-shadowed by the three players I mentioned.

2) Ryan White: this is my sleeper pick to make the team out of camp, or if not to play his way onto the team the way Tom Pyatt did last year. the guy plays with heart and he uses his size better than a lot of our other players. If he continues to do that, I think he adds a lot of versatility and I think he can do the job guys like Latendresse and Moen have failed to do.

3) Jaro Spacek: admittedly, my evaluation of Spacek last year was that he under-performed although I know a lot of others were happy with his play. With Markov out, I wonder if he will finally get a chance to play on the left side and I think this will lead him to play better. I think he'll also possibly get first-line PP minutes with Subban until Markov is back, so again, this might help his offensive production. The other factor that helps Spacek this year is the improved depth we have on D and the fact that the schedule is not compressed by the Olympics, which I think will spare him some energy later on in the year. So for me, I think Spacek has the chance to improve on the performance he gave last year.

In response to some other posters, I would be surprised if Lapierre put up 20 goals and I would be equally surprised to see AK46 have a career year. Yes, AK46 is in a contract year, but I get the feeling he isn't motivated by all that much. I think he'll have good games and bad games, but this far along in his career I don't suddenly expect his performance to change by a drastic amount.

Great post! :)

Ive said for a while now that i believe that Gomez will have at least 1 PPG season during his current contract - why not this year? :)

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In terms of surprises I'd like to see, I really hope Scotty has a big year :)

I think he will, him and Gio are really starting to develop some chemistry, and during the playoffs he had some solid numbers. We need more goals out of him, but i think that will come as he settles into Montreal more and more. But i think pretty much anything he does this year is closly tied to the play of Beniot Puliot. If Puliot has a solid season, you can count on Gomez to have a good season.

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I think he will, him and Gio are really starting to develop some chemistry, and during the playoffs he had some solid numbers. We need more goals out of him, but i think that will come as he settles into Montreal more and more. But i think pretty much anything he does this year is closly tied to the play of Beniot Puliot. If Puliot has a solid season, you can count on Gomez to have a good season.

Hopefully vise-versa.

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