Should Habs Go After Matthew Bissonnette?

After being eliminated easily from the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens showed they were missing size and skill at the forward position. With too many grinders or diminutive forwards they lack a towering presence who can win the battles to the net and most importantly finish. An undrafted player from Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec league named Matthew Bissonnette seems to fit the bill. At 6’4″, the 21 year old sensation has been an offensive threat in the league with an excellent reputation for his work ethic.

He consistently put up points in his last couple of seasons in the QMJHL and is just fresh off a great performance during the playoffs in the juniors. The Montreal Canadiens have had a history of signing un-drafted/un-signed players have a couple of smaller forwards in their Hamilton Bulldogs AHL affiliate but are lacking the size and strength that Bissonnette brings to the game. After watching last week’s games against the Ottawa Senators, many realize it has been many years that the Montreal Canadiens have had a larger power forward to control the game when playing against physically challenging teams.

Canadiens fans salivate over the ability to bring a Vincent Lecavalier type player to the Bell Centre but forget that sometimes, it can be easier than they think. Ironically, Bissonnette is putting up the same numbers that Lecavalier did when he played in the Q and is exactly the same size as the Tampa Bay Captain. With some promising young talent on the Montreal Canadiens (present and future), there still is the need for the big forward that they haven’t had since the likes of Jean Beliveau. That presence is only one quick signing away and his name is Matthew Bissonette….


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