Archive for the 'Hockey' Category

22
Jun
16

Should the Habs Draft Julien Gauthier?

After not making 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. The Montreal Canadiens have not had a 50 goal scorer in 27 seasons since Stephane Richer. A player that General Manager Marc Bergevin seriously needs to take a look at is 6’4″ Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec native Julien Gauthier. Having scored 79 goals in his last two seasons for Val D’or of the Quebec league, Julien is the package. He is a natural goal scorer. A tough large forward who will drop his gloves regularly to fight to motivate and fire up his team. He is not afraid to go to the net and stay there.

Julien possesses tremendous hockey vision, great skating abilities and skill. His speed and size with his tremendous puck handling skills would fill a void behind Max Pacioretty for wingers with size and raw goal scoring prowess for the Montreal Canadiens. Having been selected to Team Canada Junior teams in a supporting role in the past, Gauthier also possesses leadership and drive that will go along way in his pro hockey career. The Habs have lacked the toughness it needs to make the playoffs and go further in the absence of such type of players as Julien Gauthier. Don’t get me wrong, Gallagher, Desharnais and Galhenyuk are good players but just are not strong enough to battle top playoff contenders. Many of the top Quebec players in the NHL for opposite teams up their game when in front of the hometown crowd. This trend has to stop and the only way of doing so is by bringing them to play for the Montreal Canadiens. With Vincent Lecavalier retiring recently along with a generation of homegrown talent superstars, a new generation is rising of Quebec hockey players and Julien Gauthier is one of them. A perfect fit for the Montreal Canadiens at the upcoming draft in Buffalo, NY.

27
Jan
16

Should the Habs Trade for Jason Pominville?

The Montreal Canadiens Management is steering the ship towards the basement of the NHL. For a team that once led the standings 10 games into the same season to set a franchise record to start the season is now setting a franchise record for losing streak that last occurred during the Great Depression era. While missing out on players like David Perron and Vincent Lecavalier who would have created that instant spark to help guide the Habs into playoff contention the team’s playoffs hopes are now all but squashed with their lack of scoring, something that has plagued the team for decades now. A player who seems to have no problems scoring when playing against the Montreal Canadiens is 33 year old winger from Repentigny, Quebec Jason Pominville. Former Captain of the Buffalo Sabres, this player would provide the Habs with the leadership and offensive skill to get them scoring again. Although he is struggling for the Minnesota Wild right now a change of scenery and playing alongside a playmaker like fellow Quebecer David Desharnais might do the trick. Pominville’s presence could help lead a team of defensive forwards to find their way back to the scoreboard.

After watching Lars Eller granted extra playing time by the coaching staff to only put up 20 point seasons for years now, a straight up trade could help both the Wild and Habs. Let’s face it, Lars Eller is not a classic Habs style player like Pominville. Anyone who has seen Pominville’s smooth skating, swift passing and quick shot knows that he could be the glue that is missing in the Habs offence. A junior player like Charles Hudon who put up 2 points and went +2 in his first two games ever in the NHL would ignite on a potential¬†2nd All Quebec line with Desharnais and potentially Pominville. This would take the pressure off the Gallagher-Plekanec-Pacioretty line as well as not force Dale Weisse and other 3rd line players to be in a role they are not suited for. With Carey Price out for a while and the Habs goaltending situation soft, the Management really needs to beef up the offence and what better way than acquiring Pominville as soon as possible to save the season.