05-30-2005, 08:55 AM
Since Moncton is a lock to be in the Mem Cup finals next year, I'm interested in knowing about how competitive people think they will be next year. I don't get to see Moncton games down here in Ontario. Anybody kind enough to give me a rundown? Likely strengths/weaknesses?
It seems like they have a lot of young players on their team and I think it's the Q's turn to win one (anybody other than the WHL is fine with me).
05-30-2005, 09:17 AM
IMO alot of moncton's fate next year rests on the lockout and the trickle-down effect. up front they've got a few 1st and second round picks in the lineup already (bernier, graham, pineault, karsums). but bernier, graham and saunders (their best workhorse on D) are all 20 next year and bernier likely won't be back. the other two should be back but it's all uncertain. chris bourque has said he'll play here next year as the cats' own is rights. but bourque could also go AHL. moncton had big troubles putting the puck in the net this year, and without bernier, they'll need to make some deals to get some goals back. there was mention in the local paper today of a second columbus prospect coming to moncton (pineault being the first). my guess would be alex picard from lewiston but we'll see.
on D they've got holes, beyond bartulis and saunders (and maybe welton) they don't have much. it's been rumoured that patrick coulombe will be dealt to moncton at Q draft day, but even with him, moncton will need to beef up much more on defence.
in goal blanchard will be starting (he'll get a shot anyway) the question is is he ready. some folks would say he's better than crawford at his age and more than likely will be a 1st round pick come his draft eligibility. again, uncertainties.
i don't think we'll see a stacked team like london had this year for a LONG time. moncton has a lot of work to do to beef up to be competitive, but alot depends on the question marks. as it does for most teams.
i think chicoutimi will be right there next year in the Q. i believe they have most guys back (boisclair, desharnais, zagrapan, vincent, lascek, etc...) drummondville should be good too.
so there's my blue collar rundown, i'm sure some of the pros on this board will go through in more detail. :)
GO CATS GO
06-01-2005, 01:29 AM
Chootoi gives a good assessment of the team. I saw them play 50-60 games this year, and I'd agree with most of what he said.
I particularly agree with JC Blanchard being a strong contender for a first round selection, although this season will obviousy dictate that. he has all the tools (size, sound positioning, good rebound control) to be a very high pick.