Archive for the 'NHL' 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.

15
Jun
16

Should The Habs Sign David Perron?

With the Montreal Canadiens struggling offensively yet again this season, and the fact that developing draft players often takes years of patience, trading often means giving up good players in return, it only becomes a matter of time that GM Marc Bergevin needs to look for help free agency. With recent trade busts, it’s becoming obvious that the Montreal Canadiens Management has a lot of difficulty trading. Their inability to sacrifice decent players to get better players, sign skilled talent or even chase bargains has made their talent base decrease substantially to their current declining state. When will Bergevin start to realize that the Hab’s is offensive chemistry lacking? Watching the disconnect in the passing between team mates as well as relying too much on one player for each line to get points on the scoreboard are costing the Habs easy points in the standings. One player that comes to mind is a local Sherbooke native David Perron. David Perron has been a journeyman in the NHL who was traded just before the Pittsburgh Penguins made their Stanley Cup run. In all fairness the whole team including Sidney Crosby  was playing poorly until the team fired the coach but they fired him after Perron’s departure.

A gritty play maker and goal scorer who had some great years with St Louis and Edmonton has a style of playing that could really gel with Habs players such as Pacioretty, Desharnais and company. He can hit and fight too. He is still only 28 years old and decent size at 6’0″ in height (taller than Gallagher, Desharnais, Plekanec and Byron) has some skill that could really ignite the Montreal’s offence. David Perron is a fantastic playmaker who could create many better quality offensive opportunities than the team is creating currently on the power play and even strength. He isn’t afraid to drive to the net. David Perron also thrives on playing in front of the home town fans in Montreal. Without a mix of Quebec players, too much pressure is put on the few remaining Francophones that exist in the system right now. The Habs would not have to give much up for such a player and probably not have to offer too much money to sign him. Imagine the passing chemistry if Bergevin grabbed him and the improved power play as well as a hometown player who can play the old school style of Montreal Canadiens hockey (not the dump and chase that they have now regressed to). The last time the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in 1993 they had a team stacked with local Quebec talent and now have regressed to the fewest hometown players in Franchise history. This is a no brainer and would be a great boost for the Habs if Bergevin woke up and brought David Perron to the team where he belongs.

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.