The only constant in life is change. You can certainly apply that to the 2017/18 edition of the Montreal Canadiens.
There are some key returning players Like G Carey Price, who signed an 8 year extension in the off-season, (much to the relief of Habs fans everywhere) F and Captain Max Pacioretty, F Alex Galchenyuk and D Shea Weber (who came as advertised last season).
As this post is written, there are several new faces that will wear the Bleu Blanc et Rouge of the Canadiens this season.
Here are some key additions to the roster (in no particular order):
- LW Jonathan Drouin #92 – Won a Memorial Cup with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL in 2013, playing with current Colorado Avalanche F Nathan MacKinnon. Montreal hopes the native of Ste-Agathe, Quebec can be the offensive spark they have been searching for. Fans of the Habs hope Drouin will rekindle memories of the ‘Flying Frenchmen’ from years gone by. Drouin is listed as a Left Winger, but has played Center. Stay tuned.
- Ales Hemsky #83 – A former 1st Round Pick (13th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in 2001; Montreal hopes that the Czech forward can replace some of the offence of the now departed Alex Radulov. At 34 years old, Hemsky will be one of the older players on the Habs, but he definitely has some offensive upside. (572 points in 838 games played). One possible area of concern – Hemsky has a career +/- of -52
- D Karl Alzner #22 – A veteran of 591 NHL games, Alzner will be relied upon to solidify a Montreal defense that has seen a lot of changes the past 2 seasons. Alzner had a respectable 3 goals 10 assists for 13 points in a full 82 game regular season. Perhaps most notable for the 6’3″ D-man is his +/- of +23 on the season and +61 for his career
- D Mark Streit #32 – What’s old is new again for this former, and now once again, Habs defenseman. Montreal drafted Streit 4th in the 9th round (262nd overall) in the 2004 NHL entry draft. At 39, Streit is at the tail end of a solid NHL career in which he’s played 784 games and tallied a very respectable 434 points. With the departure of veteran D-man Andrei Markov; Streit will relied upon to fill some of the minutes that Markov logged for Montreal (Fun Fact – Streit (from Bern, Switzerland) has been featured on the cover of the Swiss version of EA Sports’ NHL video game
The Montreal Canadiens roster will have a new look for 2017/18 with the potentially 25% of the opening night roster being “new” players compared to the team that lost to the NY Rangers in the 1st round of last years playoffs. Habs management and fans hope team chemistry will come early and that this edition of “Les Habitants” will live up to the high expectations that face this team season in and out.
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