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04-11-2012, 09:57 AM
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Kjell Dahlin
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There will be a 1-2 year(s) gap in the flow of prospects coming from the AHL but otherwise I think we are in good shape:

(1) New leadership

(2) A top3 overall pick + two second round picks (+ 4 picks in the first two rounds in 2013 – Thank you Gauthier!)

(3) Imo the two main reasons for our 2011-12 woes are a poorly built D squad (inexperienced) and a top finish (top3? I will try to find a source *1) in terms of games lost to injuries. Edit: 440 man-games lost due to injury in 2011-12.

(4) Pacioretty, Desharnais, Cole, Plekanec, Gionta, Eller, White, Subban, Gorges, Markov, Emelin, Price, Leblanc... are a solid group. Add guys like Moen (hopefully), Dumont, Diaz, Bourque, Saint-Denis, Kaberle... to the support cast and the result is a team almost ready to compete. The addition of someone like Barret Jackman would be a huge step forward.

(5) A top tier budget

(6) A soon to be power house AHL affiliate

(7) Our young NHL players made colossal stride forward in 2011-12 – It will pay dividend next season.

I really don't see the need for a rebuild.


Edit:


@ LyricalLyricist

I just read your last post and I almost agree with you completely... especially about PHI and VAN! I do however disagree with: "... I personally don't see the habs winning much with current core because they are getting older, more injury prone...". Imo if 2011-12 showed us one thing, it's that our core is getting younger.


*1 Edit2:

440 man-games lost due to injury in 2011-12 for our Habs; I am still searching for the complete 2011-12 ranking.
Ref.: http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/l_fr/news.htm?id=626795


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