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08-04-2011, 07:09 AM
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Andy
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Originally Posted by Habsterix View Post
I don't think that it's the case at all. The Habs simply lack on top end talent, which makes every line very similar. They're more balanced, but I wouldn't call them "Top 9", at least not on many other teams... when your top points getter has less than 60 points anyway.
It's still a strong top 9. Having good depth at the forward group makes up for the lack of elite talent. Look at Boston, they didn't have anyone Elite in their top 9, but it worked because it provided a balanced attack night in and night out making matchups a nightmare. Montreal has 7 players in their top 9 capable of putting up 50 or more points, very few teams had this type of depth in their lineups and the ones that did were among the better teams in the league.

Not to mention that Canadiens also will have significant offense from their back-end(Markov and Subban) for an entire year, playing on two different even-strength pairings will also be of significant help.

Right now it's quite clear that on paper, the Canadiens have a pretty strong top 9. It's not Philli 10-11 strong, but it's still better than a good portion of the league.

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