Montreal Canadiens 2018-19 season preview

          Following a 103 point 2016-17 finish, the Montreal Canadiens hit rock bottom in 2017-18, finishing with 32 less points. Many not so great trade are now shaping the team, and Carey Price\’s new contract is horrible. So is Shea Weber\’s. Brendan Gallagher is the squad best player. It\’s a dark time for the Habs. Before we look at their team, here\’s some fast facts for the Montreal Canadiens.

Head Coach: Claude Julien
General Manager: Marc Bergevin
Arena: Bell Centre
AHL Affiliate: Laval Rocket
2017-18 record: 29-40-13
2017-18 placement: 6th
Division: Atlantic
2017-18 goals leader: Brendan Gallagher (31)
2017-18 assists leader: Jonathan Drouin (33)
2017-18 points leader: Brendan Gallagher (54)
2017-18 points leader (defenseman): Jeff Petry (42)
Captain: none
Assistant Captains: Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber
2018 first round pick: Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Offseason additions: Max Domi, Tomas Tatar, Joel Armia, Tomas Plekanec, Joel Armia, Matthew Peca, Xavier Ouellet, Nick Suzuki

Offseason subtractions: Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, Ales Hemsky, Dan Carr, Logan Shaw, Adam Cracknell

Forwards: Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk are out,  Max Domi and Tomas Tatar are in. Yes, that is very disappointing, but they are going to give younger players more chances. Phillip Danault is the second line center. Joel Armia will a second line winger/ Artturi Lehkonen and Nikita Scherbak are going to get a chance. Same with Charles Hudon. Matthew Peca will have to fight his way in, but could play 50 games this year.

Forward lines:

Max Domi – Jonathan Drouin – Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danualt – Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen – Paul Byron – Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon – Tomas Plekanec – Nikita Scherbak
Other: Jacob de la Rose, Matthew Peca, Nicolas Deslauriers

Defensemen: Shea Weber is overpaid, but can still be a top-2 defenseman. Jeff Petry is a top-4 defenseman. They are hoping that Victor Mete can be one too. Karl Alzner is a big disappointment, and is job is in jeopardy.

Defensive pairs:

Victor Mete – Shea Weber
David Schlemko – Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner – Jamie Benn
Other: Xavier Ouellet, Noah Juulsen, Mike Reilly

Goalies: Carey Price can not stay healthy. In 49 games last year, he was horrible, with a GAA over 3.00. Antti Niemi is the backup, but Charlie Lindgren is coming.

Goalie alignment:

Carey Price
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren


Top five scorers:

Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin
Tomas Tatar
Max Domi
Phillip Danualt

Playoffs: heck no
Division: 7th

Published by carterhud SI Kids Kid Reporter, Prime Time Sports Talk writer

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