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10-08-2003, 05:00 PM
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Mike Komisarek is in the same boat as fellow youngster Jason Ward. The two young Habs have shown their willingness to play physical, though neither has been particularily impressive thus far.

In Ward's case, I believe his one-way contract is what sets him aside from big Komisarek. Ward will, surely, stay with the big club due to the risk of losing him through the waiver wire. However, Komisarek can be freely sent back and forth.

To be honest, Ron Hainsey has impressed me greatly. Hainsey was a +1 during the preseason, and his contribution to the Canadiens' powerplay seems to have been well noted. Hainsey spent some time with Habs' veteran Craig Rivet on the man-advantage. That duo could quite possibly form Montreal's second power play backline.

In addition, Ron is praised for his offensive abilites. While both Bouillon and Komisarek possess NHL Calibre shots, Hainsey has the puck moving qualities and vision to play regularily in 2003-04. With Hainsey, 24-year-old Andrei Markov, and the much maligned Patrice Brisebois, the Canadiens boast three "offensive" defenceman, while Rivet, the brusing Sheldon Souray, and wiley veteran Stephane Quintal make up the more "defensive" half of the defensive corps. The balance between offence and defence may be an element Coach Julien is trying to bring to his team.

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