Canadians are getting younger with reconstruction underway

Following the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining each team’s position ahead of the 2022-23 regular season, which begins Oct. 7. Today, the Montreal Canadiens:

2021-22 season: 22-49-11, eighth in the Atlantic Division; did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

key arrivals

kirby dachC: The 21-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2022 NHL Draft on July 7 for the No. 13 and No. 66 picks. Dach had 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 70 games last season, his third in the NHL after Chicago selected him with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. … mike matesonD: The 28-year-old was acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 16 for defense. jeff petry and forward ryan poehling. Matheson scored 31 points, including an NHL career-high 11 goals, in 74 regular-season games and six points (one goal, five assists) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games last season. … Yevgenii DadonovF: The 33-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights on June 16 for defenseman Shea Weber. Dadonov had 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in 78 games last season.

key outputs

Jeff Petry, D. Petry had 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 68 games last season. He had spent all eight seasons in Montreal, including the last three as backup captain. … Alexander RomanovD: Romanov, who was traded to the New York Islanders during the 2022 draft for the No. 13 pick, had 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 79 games last season, his second in the NHL. … Ryan Poehling, F. Poehling had 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 57 games last season. … Mathieu Perreault, F. Perreault, who remains an unrestricted free agent, had nine points (four goals, five assists) in 25 games last season, his first in Montreal. … Kale ClagueD: Clague signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Buffalo Sabers on July 13. He had 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 36 games with the Los Angeles Kings and Canadiens last season, including five points (two goals, three assists) in 25 games with Montreal after he was claimed off waivers on Dec. 4. … laurent dolphinF: Dauphin signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Arizona Coyotes on July 13 after posting 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 38 games last season.

on the cusp

Juraj SlavkovskyF: The 18-year-old, who was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft, will get every opportunity to make the Canadiens’ opening night roster. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound left wing scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 31 regular-season games for TPS in Liiga, Finland’s top professional league, and seven points (two goals, five assists) in 18 playoff games Slafkovsky was also voted the most valuable player of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, when he scored seven goals to help Slovakia win the bronze medal. … justin barronD: The 20-year-old scored two points (one goal, one assist) in five games for Montreal before suffering a season-ending ankle injury that did not require surgery. Selected in the first round (No. 25) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2020 NHL Draft, Barron was acquired in a trade for forward Artturi Lehkonen on March 21… jordan harrisD: The 22-year-old, who was selected in the third round (No. 71) in the 2018 NHL Draft, scored one goal in 10 games with the Canadiens after signing a two-year entry-level contract on March 26. . Harris also had 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 39 games as a senior at Northeastern University.

what they still need

Clarity in the goal. tortoiseshell price he made five starts again at the end of last season, but the uncertainty surrounding his knee health remains a formidable hurdle in shaping Montreal’s roster.

they said it

“Our guys worked very hard last year once [coach Martin St. Louis] came together to try and save the season, and we felt it was important that we give them a chance to step up as a group this year. I don’t think we’re thinking we’re going to compete for a Stanley Cup. We know that, but we want to have the ability to compete every night.” — Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes on Martin St. Louis, who agreed to a three-year deal to stay on as coach on June 1.

fantasy focus

Slafkovsky has a huge fantasy advantage if he makes the Canadiens roster and plays top lane with nick suzuki Y cole caufield. Slafkovsky ranks third among rookies in NHL.com’s fantasy top 250, behind center Seattle Kraken matty beniers and Buffalo Sabers defense Owen Power, and it’s worth targeting in the later rounds with a realistic ceiling of leading its class in goals. Although Montreal is still rebuilding, it has a young core worth prioritizing in the goalkeeping leagues and dynasties in Caufield, Slafkovsky, Suzuki and Dach. –Pete Jensen

projected alignment

jose anderson –Nick Suzuki–Cole Caufield

Jonathan Drouin -Kirby Dachs- Brendan Gallagher

mike hoffmanChristian Dvorak — Yevgenii Dadonov

Rem Pitlickjake evansjoel armia

joel edmondsonchris wideman

Mike Matheson- David Saverd

Jordan Harris-Justin Barron

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