The Habs Are Back in Town!!!!Well ladies and gentlemen, the 2010-2011 is only a month away and we somewhat know what the team will look like at the beggining of the season, but what we dont know is our rookies for the year.
with word that Desharnais wasn't invited to the rookie camp, the Montreal Media is already speculating that the young forward is well on his way out of town and that he doesn't seem to fit in the Canadiens plans. I for one think that he will be at the Official Training camp next week.
But we'll forget about that for now, what is important now is how the newest additions to the team will effect the promotions of last seasons hopefuls. We all know that PK Subban is sure in this season especially with the unknown return period of the Great Markov. The players that will be assessed in this analysis are Ellar, Pacioretty, Maxwell, Schultz, Tinordi, and Avstin.
we can safely assesse that Ellar will be playing on the team come October, because people will critisize the manegment for not obtaining a starter for the Halak trade. Ian Schultz on the other hand will start in Hamilton but i predict for only a breif stint, because of the lack of grit the team has they are gonna wana season him just enough to play his hard hitting/grinding style in the NHL.
the important players to watch are Patchy and Maxwell, often veered as being the next Leclair's and Carbonnaue's will be on a short leash especially Maxwell, with the addition of Halpern, the young centers will have a small window to play this year. Patchy will have to work his but off to make the squad because although Boyd and Lapierre are natural centers they will both develope as wingers this season which will additionally take the window of oppurtinuty from a three panel 6 foot long window to a single pane bullet proof 1 foot long window, he also has to compete with Avstin. Unlike Pacioretty, Avstin has 3 years of professional hockey in Russia under his belt, Profesionnal Hockey Played With men not Junior hockey Played with boys.
Same goes with Leblanc although he's playing junior hockey this year with the Juniors de Montreal, he once played in the USHL were you can play up to 25 years old. Playing a big mans game at 16 really helps your development mentally and physically. Finally, Tinordi, this years first round draft pick fallowed the same foot steps as last years first rounder (Leblanc), that is to join the London Nights OHL (which by the way is the hardest hitting team in the OHL). He will do exactly as Leblanc and learn to play 72 games a year and develope a regemental idea of hockey. The 6'7" defensmen will be hot on the tale of O'Byrne's position if he's anything like his father was in the 80's and 90's.
One thing is for sure, if Koystisen and Pouliot dont panne out by the holiday's, Hamilton will be banging on the door to replace them.
Though windows a slowly closing on some young guns, the Camp utterlly be gratifying for thier development. I am looking forward to witnessing who will step up and dominate the camp.
Ellar: starts year in Montreal
Pacioretty: starts in hamilton
Maxwell: starts in hamilton
Schultz: starts in hamilton
Tinordi: spends the year in OHL
Leblanc: spends the year in QMJHL
Avstin: starts year in Montreal
Boyed: starts year in Montreal