Kotkaniemi Was the Right Choice for the Habs

With the third overall selection, the Montreal Canadiens selected Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi. After a strong performance at the U18 world championships for the gold medal winning Finns, Kotkaniemi started jumping up draft rankings and his potential was intriguing. Naturally, his name came up as a potential pick for the Habs, despite the idea it might be seen as a reach. As of today, it is a bit of a…

June 23, 2018
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Maple Leafs’ Recent Dealings With the Canadiens

Bitter rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens have always had it out for each other. Seeing each other on a regular basis, it’s hard to think that either team would like to help their divisional counterpart get a leg up. While their most recent transaction took place in 2018, their five most recent date back to Aug. 1992. With that in mind, here’s a look at those five…

June 23, 2018
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Canadiens Pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi #3 Overall

With the 3rd Pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the Montreal Canadiens Have Selected Jesperi Kotkaniemi From Assat Pori in Liiga. About Jesperi Kotkaniemi Taken with the third-overall selection, Kotkaniemi found himself quickly climbing the draft rankings as 2018 NHL Entry Draft came to a close. With Filip Zadina almost going the distance as the consensus third-best player in the draft, Kotkaniemi’s ability as a 200-foot center made him…

June 23, 2018
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Likeliest Canadiens to Win NHL Awards in 2018-19

With NHL awards season over, it’s natural to turn an eye to 2018-19 and predict who the favorites will be. While the Montreal Canadiens were justifiably shut out from any major awards for this past season, there’s a decent chance the 71-point Habs will be back in the playoffs in one year’s time, presumably on the strength of some strong performances throughout the line-up. Here are the most likely candidates…

June 22, 2018
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Sam Pollock’s First Great GM Move

On Friday night, Marc Bergevin will make the most important draft pick of his career as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Some would argue that already happened when he selected Alex Galchenyuk in 2012, his first year on the job. That said, people are more likely to forgive a rookie mistake than one made by someone with experience. After six years, and with the highest first-round pick he’s had…

June 22, 2018
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Montreal Canadiens 2018 NHL Draft Guide

Welcome to our Montreal Canadiens 2018 Draft Guide. The upcoming draft promises to be an exciting one for Habs fans. For the first time since 2012, the team has a top-three pick, as well as an additional four choices in the second round. Coming off a difficult season—their worst since 2000-01—general manager Marc Bergevin will be scrutinized over changes he needs to bring to the team. There are gaps to…

June 20, 2018
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Canadiens Must Consider Kotkaniemi

The last time the Montreal Canadiens concluded a regular season with less than 75 points, the vast majority of prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft had yet to be born. The 2017-18 season was an abysmal one for the Canadiens, whose lack of scoring and general team depth ravaged the franchise over the course of their 82-game campaign. Not only did the storied franchise fail to generate crucial depth…

June 19, 2018
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Coyotes the Canadiens Should Have Gotten

In case it needs to be said, Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi is not a bad player. He’s just not the player the Habs should have acquired for Alex Galchenyuk, and that reasoning isn’t solely based on the argument that Domi is a downgrade on the left side (based on many metrics). Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi – (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Domi no doubt has upside as…

June 19, 2018
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Moving Alex Galchenyuk Made Sense

Learning about a key trade is tough when you haven’t had your morning coffee. When I woke up to the news Alex Galchenyuk had been traded to the Arizona Coyotes for left wing Max Domi, my initial reaction was “The Habs were ripped off.” While it will take time to see the long-term impact of Marc Bergevin’s first big move of the offseason, one thing is certain: despite their anger…

June 17, 2018
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Galchenyuk for Domi: Shocking. Not Surprising

With his name being floated around in trade rumours for years, it’s not surprising that the Montreal Canadiens traded Alex Galchenyuk. It’s the return that was the shocking part, as Max Domi from the Arizona Coyotes came back the other way. This is general manager Marc Bergevin’s third straight one-for-one summer blockbuster deal and he has taken a lot of heat for them. And, with the way things have gone…

June 16, 2018
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