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  2. Good signing i think, and easy choice over Houde who i didnt like the pick on draft day.
  3. A simulator for anyone interested in killing some time: https://draftprospectshockey.com/draftsim
  4. Keep in mind, Domi may not play subject full medical review and weighing in on the risks. He is in a higher risk group. ( Type 1 diabetes). Bergevin has also confirmed that Max wouldn't be put at risk. End of day, will be Max, his family decision.
  5. Yesterday
  6. I would agree if we were a year ago (2019). At the end of that season it was clear Drouin was "pouting" and underperforming. On his exit interviews he acknowledge he was not good enough During the summer he worked a lot using video with his old coach. He did not that great during training camp, expectatuions where high But from the start of the season until he got hurt, he was delivering. His played was much better === that is why I am hopeful: despite the extra scrutiny of being a local french speaking player, he didn't crumble under the pressure but actually showed improvement. To me, that was very positive
  7. With his junior eligibility exhausted, Rafael Harvey-Pinard (a 7th rounder of the Habs back in 2019) was going to be turning pro one way or the other for next season. He won't be playing on an entry-level deal though as he instead inked a one-year, one-way deal with Laval. I know he was holding out hope of an ELC but this is certainly the better route from Montreal's perspective. http://www.habsworld.net/2020/05/laval-signs-rafael-harvey-pinard-to-a-one-year-deal/
  8. Realistic, 14pts in 17games in last playoffs with TB. And he looked good in those playoffs...but yes he does seem to pout (for lack of better word) at times, which is too much Me Me Me and not enough looking at bigger picture.
  9. Fair enough. I encourage a realistic rather than a rose-coloured view of Drouin, but I'm not going to come out and say that he definitely will never become a core-type player. It could still happen. I just think the odds are against it.
  10. I think the CH is working really hard on molding Drouin into shape. He seems to be responding better than Galchenyuk, the Kostitsins and Beaulieu I am hopeful, but not blindly hopeful
  11. Well, I have to admit, it is a good draft class this year ...
  12. It could happen, but I see him as the latest in a long line of talented forwards who have great tools and lack the toolbox. Don't get me wrong, he's a legit top-6 FW. But he is better positioned as a supplementary rather than a core piece. Any team counting on him to be the "straw that stirs the drink" is going to be disappointed, because sooner or later he will evaporate, get hurt, go into a long slump, etc., etc., etc.. Guys like him - soft skill guys who floated through junior on talent and entitlement - usually let you down in the end.
  13. I do count on him, he _has_ to take Tatar’s spot as out 1st line LW at some point or the Habs are in trouble . There is little scoring from the wings on this team
  14. Do not count on Drouin. Word to the wise.
  15. I disagree , before he got injured Drouin 2.0 was applying himself on back checking . He was much better. Armia is good too
  16. I saw Fonstad play live once when he played for for Prince Albert and I am no scout but i just didn't see a potential NHL player. For one thing he seemed a lot smaller than his listed size, he is a good skater but if you are small you better be an excellent skater. He just didn't stand out but certainly 1 game is a small sample size and it was a playoff game where he was coming off an injury.
  17. Lehkonen suzuki byron would also be good defensively though. Byron is very good in his own end.
  18. But for that, you need some defensive capability on the second line, and Drouin and Domi are not known for that. Lehkonen-Suzuki-Armia can play D against the Malkin line and still generate opportunities, and Drouin-Domi-Byron will have a much easier assignment against the Pens' third line.
  19. Why am I arguing 😜 Let's send Sid the Kid to the closest Tim Horton's this summer and spoil their cup run: Tatar-Danault-Gallagher Drouin-Domi-Armia Lehkonen-Suzuki-Byron Evans-Weal-Weise Poehling instead of Evans if that works better GoHabsGo !
  20. The Chicutimi Cucumber (and others) have made the point time and time again that the Habs should aim to build a deep talented team to become a perennial contender. Harris, Norlinder and the others may or may not pan out. We I read the article it got me thinking on how to replace the AHL-fillers we have on LD with more talented AHLers. I was hoping to push Olofsson, McEneny or Culkin out if Chisholm is an upgrade. I would love for the Habs to have to make a tough decision on which LD prospects to keep because we have too much talent.
  21. Last week
  22. You still set your lineup to win. You have lots of time to determine if you want to make him a winger or not. No need to do it now, especially as the limited sample size and the long break before this series means that you can't draw a lot of conclusions out of it for reasons Cucumber already said. You are much better off with Domi at C, lehkonen and Byron both in the top 9, and guys like Weal on the fourth line instead of getting bigger minutes.
  23. It wasn't my article. The original piece didn't have the EP links, I just added those in. If Chisholm wants to sign an AHL contract, sure. Mind you, I'm one who generally thinks that there is rarely such a thing as a bad minor league deal. Looking ahead to 2021-22 - I think Harris signs then (there was consideration to signing him for next year) while Fairbrother and LeGuerrier need deals as well (LeGuerrier I think could sign now). I think one of those two will get a deal. It's possible Norlinder comes over as well - he has the second year on his SHL deal but that can be overridden by the transfer agreement. Leskinen could still be around. That could be the whole left side of Laval's back end right there and who knows, Alzner could still be around for his final season. (Plus Ouellet/Olofsson could be retained or replaced.)
  24. I wasn't sure if it was your article or not, great stuff @dlbalr ! Chisholm seems like an update on McEneny or Culkin who are up for re-signing their AHL contracts. Harris does not need to be signed until 2022 and Olofsson is not always healthy.
  25. Dauphin already re-signed. Lucchini is a coin flip (I'd lean no but he played well in Laval in limited action) while Luchuk/Sturtz are surefire non-tenders.
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