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01-11-2013, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
It's not just "young" players it's guys that can bounce back from injury/poor season as well as youngER guys just breaking into the league that can move up to bigger roles.

Markov Gionta White Moen Armstrong we can reasonably expect more given any kind of better health. They only combined for about 120 games last year between them.

Bourque Kaberle and possibly Gomez even if they are halfway between last year and their career average it's a big jump forward.

Diaz Eller Emelin Subban are either on the 2nd year or still on their way to their "prime". I think Diaz and Emelin showed nice things last yaer but should take a big step forward this year. Eller showed flashes of #2 center(16 goals) play last year and hopefully will continue progressing that way. Subban is already "good" but has the potential to be "great". We could lump Price in here, he had a solid year but subpar by his stanadards, slow start and struggled in OT/SO which cost us points.
You are assuming two things:

- That the Habs have way more mature players who can bounce back from crappy seasons than the other teams: That there are no underperforming or previously injured Mike Komisareks and Nathan Hortons in the rest of the division.

- That for every Habs player who progresses from a down year, there won't be another habs player bouncing back from a great year. Several habs had great years last year: Gorges, Pacioretty, Desharnais, Cole, etc.

- That for every injury recovery this year, e.g. Markov, there won't be any new injuries to take their place. Markov isn't the only player who can get injured. Last year, our best dman (Subban) didn't get injured and neither did Gorges. Our best overall forward (Plekanec) didn't get injured, neither did Desharnais, Pacioretty, Cole, Eller... let alone Price. I think Price missed the last three games due to a concussion.

In conclusion:

With the 4th overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens select Elias Lindholm !!!

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