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  1. Thank you for pointing this out. Some posters so quick to throw shade without looking at the numbers. all accounts are he is growing into offensive role and has been trending that way.
  2. Excellent summary/point. Hit the nail on the head. Having seen quite a few jackets games, Mostly from 2015-18/19, he is impressive and I like his style (when he was healthy) but indeed not a stable top 6 guy, can fill in there when needed but wouldn’t want to depend on it entering a season. on third line he can be pretty dominant but is sporadic in top 6. And I feel we already have plenty of these players as a whole and on the right side I’d say that is Armia. Seems everyone knows Habs are short a top 6 RW. Think a 1A/1B approach is interesting if they get that mis
  3. Good point, think I read something where he commented he’d rather play where he is wanted. Pretty sure he was scratched a lot last year. the deadline trade idea makes sense though, wonder if that thought enters players minds and if so, how big a factor it is.
  4. After thinking on it a second, I see this point. We’d be jeopardizing Suzuki’s development by expecting him to succeed with a consistently inconsistent winger in Drouin. Suzuki and KK should be surrounded with skill, and consistent professionalism, effort. I honestly do not understand these posts about how Drouin can excel “if this or that”, when the proof is already there. He is not a prospect, he is a 7-ish year veteran, and the only stable trend is that he disappears for too long far too frequently. I thought he was going to rise to his talent level potential when c
  5. Had same convo with a friend. his skating mechanics are excellent and will age well. If I recall he did have a knee injury a while back but seems to be pretty sturdy, knows when to expose himself and when to hold back and play it safer when it comes to physicality. I admittedly did not see the potential when he was acquired but have grown to really like him and he’s one of my top 5 current Habs to watch and has been on my fantasy roster for past few years. He’s a stud. edited to add I love the part about him and his family enjoying Mtl and him handling the enviro well, not
  6. Like this comment, as much as the game has gotten faster. Quality d men seem to be ageing well and Id include Petry in that group.
  7. Seems their goaltending was a major flaw this year all around as well. Would love to see Ovi laying people out and sniping one timers in the bleu, blanc et rouge.
  8. Obv. no expert here but have read reports from those who do this for a living that Romanov was underused in KHL as it was known he would not be back this year so his playing time was affected by that, but apparently increased as the stakes were getting higher. Recall an interview with Markov where he had praised Romanov quite heavily as well, hard to argue with the general. (Was it general?) interesting points all around though. I am quite excited to see how he performs as he appears to be highly competitive and has an edge. my fearless prediction is that he is on top pai
  9. That’s kind of how I see it, but was curious whether the organization would be patient with him or try to push him along.
  10. Good point, like the employee who shines during probationary period, has a great attitude and then they settle into old habits. As far as other teams knowing about this, if we’re talking about it and has been mentioned on other sites, it is out there. Bergy May be stubborn, refuse to take the pile of pucks that will be offered and end up keeping Max...? Fun to speculate.
  11. Any thoughts on how this affects Poehling’s ability to crack roster? I kind of thought he may be 4th line centre/wing...??? Assuming he brings his best game to camp, is there room for him as is? Seems like that would mean he’d be on the wing, again assuming he impresses.
  12. I see both sides, but what it underscores for me is how much of a crap shoot the majority of draft picks really are. Habs have had some highly touted, well ranked prospects that never lived up to the expectations. This is why I was personally against any idea of tanking for a chance at a higher draft pick (excluding the #1 pick though, but the odds were so small I didn’t think the gamble was worth the price of seeing Suzuki, KK and our dmen step up, as well as Price reminding us he is the real king by getting a little playin/playoff hockey). The bird in the hand versus two in th
  13. You obviously don’t watch many Caroline, Columbus games. or any of this teams you are raving about. Knights? c’mon you’re just hating on the Habs here cause you’re complaints are not based in fact.
  14. price was not the leader in shutouts this season, he started as many games as Helybuck and had fewer shutouts, also few than Rask, Merlizkins, Fleury... hes a stud, but not winning games just by pitching shutouts, or lowering team gaa that way either. your point is based on false information. he also played way more games that all of those goalies other than helybuck. backup goalie solution will help The whole team this year. goalie, d are not the problem. scoring goals is.
  15. Haha ignoring stats is so convenient. classic post where Price kicking ass is nothing, but a group a d are the be all end all? Price has amazing playoff gaa this year, but it isn’t due the amazing d played by the top 4? Habs d is solid, goaltending Is world class. the lack of scoring is what kills this team. Dadanov is a good idea.
  16. haha love that. so many posters make bold statements without even consulting the facts. Eberle would get run out of Mtl by disappearing for chunks of the year.
  17. That makes no sense, Habs have dominating dman now with solid chance that Romanov becomes a dominating young dman. Habs now have one of the best d core in the league and eapecially solid top 4. who cares if they are not young as you’d like, they still have 2-3 years of dominating dmen, which coincides with Price still being elite. Bitching about not having a young, dominating dman is stupid given how long it takes d to Flourish/mature. Also stupid given that it isn’t even true.
  18. why would even want to “roll the dice” on a guy you picture in top 6? That makes no sense, roll the dice in bottom 6, not top 6.
  19. we have excellent d currently and solid d prospects coming up, so many we can’t make room for them all without moving someone. we don not want edmonton défense.
  20. That’s terrible idea. there are known assets currently in the NHL available. Can’t believe there is anyone interested in Pulijarvi at all. Shows why we aren’t in the business haha. There is obviously good cause for teamA that spend millions on pro scouting to have not touched the guy, and he isn’t that young. Say what you want about Edmonton being toxic but Mtl will chew that kid up with the microcosm of being a hab, especially one who would come in with a lot of debate, criticism and skepticism, and some optimism but his track record doesn’t scream out that he has risen to
  21. Agreed, There will be some coming off /ending entry Level deals that would have a more immediate impact, be a more es ta blushed commodity to evaluate as well. learning to play pro is a big deal. Not every player adjusts as well or at all. It’s a grind, have family and friends who couldn’t cut the lifestyle (semi-pro, AHL type that Had a shot at the show, but couldn’t bring it every night with the travel, skilled competition every shift, physical/mental tolls.) Prospects like mentioned have been through it and could make the step Up and contribute quicker.
  22. Habs need a consistent scoring threat, not Pulijarvi or whatever it is. Why open the door to another project when there are proven commodities available and we have the budget, cap flexibility to get a proven commodity. pulijarvi has had a shot, many shots and doesn’t even dominate in AHL, the last thing the Habs need is more middle 6 depth, we got that is spades. so many better options, not sure why anyone even thinks of this dud. a top set of wingers mentioned above of Gallagher (love but know his lifespan is dwindling quickly) Drouin ( no thanks, too inconsistente
  23. Don’t like. from what I’ve ready none of the scoring wingers in the draft will be impactful next season or the year after. That is too long for the Habs, whether admitted or not they have a 1-2 year window if they add immediate, consistent scoring. Both on PP and 5v5. I believe this means a trade or free agent target. other posters have mentioned many of the names. Plus, I think there will be more opportunity for this than usual given the economic downturn for the league. This is huge given they also have cap flexibility to do it and a kick ass wall of défe
  24. “meaningful pick”? was it not a fifth rounder in a draft year that we have a surplus of better picks? hardly seems meaningful. A chance to lock down Another dman who can protect Price is worth that, at least until we can see the results of the up and coming d in the system. people were bashing Chiarot pickup too, but he provided quality play and added Price protection capabilities we’d been sorely lacking.
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