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Montreal Canadiens 2017 Season Preview



Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price had an awesome year in 2016-2017. Montreal goes as far as Price takes them.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 9/25/2017.



Montreal Canadiens Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Max Pacioretty
Left Wing
81
6-foot-2-inches
216-pounds
35
32
67
Jonathan Drouin
Center
73
6-foot-0-inches
203-pounds
21
32
53
Brendan Gallagher
Right Wing
64
5-foot-9-inches
181-pounds
10
19
29

Montreal Canadiens Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Alex Galchenyuk
Left Wing
61
6-foot-1-inches
203-pounds
17
27
44
Phillip Danault
Center
82
6-foot-1-inches
195-pounds
13
27
40
Ales Hemsky
Right Wing
15
6-foot-0-inches
177-pounds
4
3
7

Montreal Canadiens Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Charles Hudon
Left Wing
3
5-foot-10-inches
188-pounds
0
2
2
Tomas Plekanec
Center
78
6-foot-3-inches
222-pounds
10
18
28
Artturi Lehkonen
Right Wing
73
6-foot-0-inches
183-pounds
18
10
28

Montreal Canadiens Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Paul Byron
Left Wing
81
5-foot-9-inches
162-pounds
22
21
43
Torrey Mitchell
Center
78
5-foot-11-inches
186-pounds
8
9
17
Andrew Shaw
Right Wing
68
5-foot-11-inches
182-pounds
12
17
29


Montreal Canadiens Forwards Review: Montreal four effective lines at forward. At the same time Ales Hemsky missed most of the season due to injuries, Charles Hudon has hardly any experience, and Jonathan Drouin is already injured as Montreal's line 1 center. That leads me to believe that Montreal's offense will be extremely limited. They could play effectively if everyone is healthy, but I also feel like injuries at forward could limit what this offense does.


Montreal actually has a talented and limited offense. The Canadiens ranked 15th in goals scored and 13th on the power play in 2016-2017. Montreal has an average offense. They may reach the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, but it's hard to see them going very far without a consistent offense.




Montreal Canadiens Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Shea Weber
Line 1
78
6-foot-4-inches
230-pounds
17
25
42
Jeff Petry
Line 1
80
6-foot-3-inches
208-pounds
8
20
28
Karl Alzner
Line 2
82
6-foot-3-inches
217-pounds
3
10
13
Mark Streit
Line 2
68
5-foot-11-inches
186-pounds
6
21
27
David Schlemko
Line 3
62
6-foot-1-inches
189-pounds
2
16
18
Jordie Benn
Line 3
71
6-foot-2-inches
198-pounds
4
13
17


Montreal Canadiens Defensemen Review Montreal is strong at defense. They aren't loaded on the blue line like they were a few years ago. Montreal ranked 4th in goals allowed and 14th in penalty killing in 2016-2017. The Canadiens strength will be their defense.




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Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Carey Price
Montreal Canadians
62
37-20-5
3 Shutouts
.923
2.23 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Al Montoya
Montreal Canadians
18
8-6-4
2 Shutouts
.912
2.67 GAA


Montreal Canadiens Goaltender Review Carey Price is a top 5 goalie. When Price is healthy this team will make a deep run. Montreal doesn't seem like the same team that is lights out defensively.




Montreal Canadiens Prospect Pool: Ryan Poehling out of St. Cloud State, Montreal's 2017 first round pick is their top prospect. He's a project player in the waiting, but has great tape.




Montreal Canadiens 2017-2018 Prediction


Montreal should make the playoffs again. At the same time, I feel like this team won't get past Ottawa or Boston in the opening round or anyone in the Metropolitan Division. I think they could finish second in their division behind Boston, but I see them losing to Ottawa in the opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.



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