The Montreal Canadiens had a fantastic season. Winning 44 games and getting 96 points is an obvious improvement. Last season this team only managed 29 wins and 71 points. Unfortunately, the Canadiens did not make the playoffs but there has been an improvement that they can build upon.
2018-19 Record (44-30-8) 96 points
Season MVP: Max Domi
The Canadiens" season MVP is Max Domi. He scored nine goals and 38 assists for 45 points two seasons ago. Last season he scored 28 goals and 44 assists for 72 points. He increased his goal-scoring and total points.
Most Improved Player: Philip Danault
The most improved player on the Canadiens is Phillip Danault. Two years ago, he only played 52 games and scored eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points. This year however he played much better. He played 81 games and had 53 points. 41 of those 53 points were assists so he really helped his teammates.
Highlight of the Year
Current Depth Chart
Top 3 Prospects
Cayden Primeau is a prospect goalie that has a tremendous amount of talent. His numbers in college were off the charts. He won 19 games with four shutouts. His save percentage of 93.1 ranks sixth amongst college goalies. He also ranked seventh among college goalies in goals allowed.
Michael McNiven is another goalie prospect in the Montreal Canadiens farm system. This elite prospect also had a strong goals-against-average with a 1.94 and a 93.5 save percentage.
Nick Suzuki is a prospect that can be described as “impressive quickness in his feet and an enviable top speed…agile and shifty…deceptive with quick hands. (Futureconsiderations.ca, 2017). He can really grow into an elite prospect center for the Canadiens. Last year he scored 49 points for Guelph Storm.
Player Primed For a Breakout season
The player that will breakout is Tomas Tatar. The way he plays on the ice is magical. He can do amazing things on the ice. So because of this, I think his playmaking abilities could translate into a fantastic year for him.
The Montreal Canadians were pretty active during free agency. The key departure was Andrew Shaw to the Blackhawks. The key additions were Phil Varone, Keith Kinkaid, Riley Barber, Ben Chiarot, and Nick Cousins.
The Montreal Canadians have some small contracts that they can move. One example is Paul Byron. He has a moveable contract and the terms are not that much money. He also has three years of team control. So that contract looks pretty good for any team.
The Montreal Canadiens were so close to making the playoffs. Going into free agency this team looks to add more scoring depth. Also, defense helps wins games so some more top-four defensemen to pair with Shea Weber would truly benefit the Canadiens.
The Canadiens are in a tough division. Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Boston are more talented than Canadiens. But I do think they will have more success in this season than last season. I have this team trending up and making a wild card spot this year.
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