Rabid Habs

Depth Will Make Canadiens Contenders

Habs' Jiri Sekac

Sometimes there is no need to make sense of it all. This season was supposed to be the one where Jarred Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn earned a spot on the Habs’ roster. The team parted ways with Douglas Murray, Josh Gorges and Francis Bouillon in order to make room for these three prospects.

Beaulieu has been bounced back and forth between Hamilton and Montreal, but only due to injuries (or the mumps outbreak). Tinordi was sent back to Hamilton earlier this season and Pateryn has never been called up. The other defense prospects – Darren Dietz, Mac Bennett and Magnus Nygren – are continuing to make strides in their development.

However, Marc Bergevin has had to sign Mike Weaver, Tom Gilbert and picked up Sergei Gonchar and Bryan Allen – four veteran defensemen. Basically, these veterans have replaced the prospects on the Habs’ blue line.

On the other hand, other young players have shown promise up front. Alex Galchenyuk has recently been promoted to the #1 center position. Brendan Gallagher has signed a six-year contract and is living up to it. Lars Eller is finally beginning to look like a 3rd line center. Jiri Sekac is looking more and more like a first round pick who flew under the radar at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Max Pacioretty is making a case for himself to be the team’s captain next season. Newcomer Sven Andrighetto has played very well since being called-up from Hamilton.

Their performance was enough to relegate David Desharnais and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau to an interesting third trio.

Back in the American Hockey League, Charles Hudon is tearing it up with 30 points in 27 games.

Nikita Scherbak, Michael McCarron and Tim Bozon are playing extremely well in the Canadian Hockey League.

Artturi Lekhonen will be the captain for Team Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Obviously, the Habs’ young (and prospect) forwards are establishing themselves, while the prospect defensemen are keeping a low profile. It won’t be long before the Habs have an interesting pool of talent in its top 9. Once the prospect defensemen meet Bergevin’s expectations, the Montreal Canadiens will definitely be legit Stanley Cup contenders.