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11-20-2011, 11:17 PM
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Report Card & Biggest Need

For those of you who've frequented these boards the last few years, you'll notice polls that I put up a couple times a year to address different concerns facing our Montreal Canadiens.

At the first quarter mark, here's my first one this season. This one is going to be really interesting.

In the last 12 months, we've seen a major youth movement. Eller, Desharnais, Weber, Pacioretty and White, and now Diaz, Emelin, Palushaj & St. Denis (not regulars) making an impression with the big club.

We've also seen a change in mentality (not necessarily by choice) towards a larger forward group with Pacioretty & Cole now playing key roles in our top 6, Eller getting more and more responsibility, the attempted acquisition of Betts, and the acquisition of Blunden.

In previous years, we've always said our biggest needs are a goalscoring winger (we now have Cammalleri, Cole, Pacioretty & Gionta) and a big center (we now have Eller).

What do you as fans believe is now our biggest need in the next 12 months given what the team's addressed? What has the first quarter of the season shown you as our biggest hole?

It'll be interesting to see your thoughts. Let's have fun with this.

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EDIT (11/21 @ 12:45pm)

Interesting responses so far:

32% of people believe we need to address the defense in some form.

22% believe we need a 4th liner who can drop the gloves and play.

21% believe we need a big #1 center.

9% believe we need to change the coach as our biggest need.


Is anyone surprised with this result so far?

In terms of the defense, does Emelin have the potential to be that guy? Can we get by with Subban, Gill and Emelin bringing the tough stuff?

With Gill, Spacek & Campoli likely giving way next season, what will be our defensive needs next season?

With regards to the 4th liner, does Ryan White returning in the new year help that situation or do we still have to further address it?

With the #1 center, are we okay with Eller for now or do we have to go out and get that player? Are we willing to give him the time necessary or will he develop more into a bigger Plekanec (a great #2 center but not a #1)?

Do people still want JM out?


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