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1) Starting Line-up

Forward Lines
Gionta - Plekanec - Bourque
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Cole
Moen - Eller - Armstrong
Prust - Nokelainen - White

Defensive Pairings
Subban - Gorges
Markov - Emelin
Bouillon - Diaz

Goaltenders
Price
Budaj

Scratches
Gomez
Kaberle
Weber

Top Call-ups
Louis Leblanc, C
Aaron Palushaj, RW
Brendan Gallagher, RW
Mike Blunden, RW
Blake Geoffrion, C
Frederic St-Denis, D

2) Description
Tomas Plekanec
Top line centre, one of the best two-way centres in the league, plays in all situations, is a mainstay on the penalty kill, can put up respectable points with just about anyone on his wings.

Max Pacioretty
Had a breakout season last year as a top 6 goal-scoring winger, lots of size, great shot, great chemistry with his centreman, David Desharnais.

P.K. Subban
Young, top pairing defenseman who logs heavy minutes, large offensive potential, booming shot, good hitter, not afraid to drop the gloves, world-class agitator.

Carey Price
All-star goaltender who will be backstopping the franchise into the future, mentally unshakeable, sound positional goaltender, not afraid to play with an edge.

3) Wants
a) Top 6 winger
b) Top line centre
c) Large, physical top 4 defenceman

4) Surplus
a) Offensive defencemen
b) Fringe-NHL prospects and players

Trade Bait
a) Yannick Weber
b) Tomas Kaberle
c) Scott Gomez

5) Prospects
1. Alex Galchenyuk, C, 2013-2015
Large, highly-skilled centreman with elite top-line potential

2. Nathan Beaulieu, D, 2013-2014
Talented offensive defenceman, capable of scoring and running a powerplay.

3. Jarred Tinordi, D, 2012-2014
Huge, physical, shutdown defenceman, top 4 potential.

6) Strengths
a) Penalty kill
b) Powerplay (potentially, if Markov shows any glimmer of former self)
c) Goaltending

7) Weaknesses
a) Size on defense
b) Transition game
c) Powerplay (as it stands)

8) Draft Picks
2013
1st (own)
2nd (own)
2nd (via Calgary)
2nd (via Nashville)
3rd (own)
(4th goes to NY Islanders)
5th (own)
6th (own)
7th (own)

2014
1st (own)
2nd (own)
3rd (own)
4th (own)
5th (own)
6th (own)
7th (own)

9) Cap Situation
Approximately 6.9 million in cap space with only PK Subban, who will likely command somewhere between 4-6 million.

10) Season Projection
While many indications show that last season was an anomaly due to injuries and some bad coaching/team management, there is no guarantee that history could not repeat. Many thought Gomez couldn't have a worse season than 2010-2011, for example, but he found a way. I think the Habs could finish almost anywhere in the conference, from division leader to battling the cream of the crap for the basement. If I were to make an honest projection, I'd say in the 5th to 11th range. middle of the pack, so to speak. It's rarely as good as it can get, and much easier worse than it should be (as last season showed), so I'll say we'll occupy the last playoff spot.


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