2008/09 Montreal Canadiens Season Preview
1. Montreal Canadiens Season Preview
Probably could have guessed this one after just reading the title. They finished first in the division and conference last year and with the injuries to Whitney and Gonchar in Pittsburgh I expect the same thing this year.
What’s not to like about their forwards? Alex Kovalev, Saku Koivu, Andrei Kostitsyn, Tomas Plekanec, Chris Higgins and Alex Tanguay are all quality top 6 forwards. Robert Lang helps their center depth and guys like Steve Begin, Tom Kostopoulos, Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse fill out the bottom 6 very nicely. Georges Laraque will of course make sure that teams don’t push around the more talented players.
I don’t like their defence as much as the forwards, but it’s still very solid. Andrei Markov, Mike Komisarek, Roman Hamrlik and Mathieu Dandenault are all solid. I’ve been a fan of Josh Gorges since seeing him join the NHL with San Jose and Patrice Brisebois played better than expected last year.
Net could be their only down fall, mostly due to the inexperience. Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak are two very good young goaltenders but they only have 76 games of NHL experience (including regular season and playoffs) between the two of them.
There’ll be some bumps along the road for the Habs this season like there is for every team, but in the end I see them coming out in first place.