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HFNHL Canadiens 2013 System Audit

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HFNHL Canadiens 2013 System Audit

After an incredibly frustrating season the HFNHL Canadiens look to retool and hopefully bounce back for the 2013/2014 season.

Center
HFNHL: Patrice Bergeron, Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique, Tom Pyatt
In the System: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Andy Andreoff, Kyle Rau

At the HFNHL level, this position is pretty strong for next season and hopefully the near future. Bergeron is coming off another Selke worthy season and remains a very good option as the teams #1 center. Elias is expected to be re-signed for one more year and should switch from first line wing to second line center. Henrique had a pretty disappointing sophomore season, and moves to the third line as a result. We are hoping Henrique bounces back and can re-claim the 2nd line center duties. Tom Pyatt had a surprisingly good season and is a solid option on the 4th line.

In the system, the cupboard is quite bare at the center position. The surprising emergence of Pageau at the end of the season and playoffs was a nice surprise and could develop into a solid option for the 2nd line in the future. However, I feel that he will probably top out as a very good 3rd liner. Andreoff had a pretty good rookie season in the AHL and projects as a solid role player at the next level. Rau continues to produce at the NCAA level but it remains to be seen how his game will translate to the pro level. His style is similar to Pageau's, so his game might translate well.

Wing
HFNHL: Jakub Voracek, Jiri Hudler, Gabriel Landeskog, Brendan Gallagher, Daniel Winnik, Vladimir Sobotka, T.J. Galiardi, Patrick Eaves
In the System: Chris Krieder, Alex Chiasson, Tanner Pearson, Danny Kristo, Bud Holloway, Sam Kurker

At the HFNHL level, this position remains to be pretty solid. Iginla will likely not be brought back so we definitely could use another top notch offensive guy to play on the first line with Voracek and Bergeron. Voracek had a break-through season and should fit nicely on the first line. Hudler continues to be a solid offensive option on the 2nd line. Landeskog had a frustrating sophomore season but could be a nice option on one of the top 2 lines because of the other skills he brings to the table, namely defensive play and physical play. Calder finalist Brendan Gallagher should provide some much needed offense on the 2nd line with Elias. Winnik, Sobotka, Galiardi and Eaves all should do well in checking line rolls.

In the System, this area is probably the 2nd deepest behind D. Krieder did not take the big step forward at the NHL level that was expected, but that was off-set by the surprising emergence of Gallagher. Krieder struggled at the AHL and NHL level this season, but remains to have all the physical tools to turn into a pretty good offensive player. His game improved considerably during his 2nd stint in the AHL and still has a bright future. Chiasson got off to a slow start in the minors, but picked up his play considerably as the season wore on and was rewarded with a late-season call-up in which he scored 6 goals in 7 games. Depending on how he rates, he might make his HFNHL debut this upcoming season. Pearson had a real impressive rookie season in the AHL and is definitely a threat to crack the Kings in training camp. Kristo finished his NCAA career with an impressive senior season and played for the US during the World Championships. He also has an outside shot at cracking the Habs in training camp. Bud Holloway dominated the SEL and became the first North American player to win the league's MVP award. It remains to be seen if he will come back to North America or not. If he does, he could be a real darkhorse for whoever signs him. Kurker had a pretty tough freshman season in the NCAA, but being drafted out of high school, he remains to be a project prospect in a good hockey program.

Defence
HFNHL: Erik Karlsson, Dan Girardi, Christian Ehrhoff, Zbynek Michalek, Matt Hunwick, Zach Redmond, Alex Sulzer
In the System: Hampus Lindholm, Joe Morrow, Dylan McIlrath, Xavier Ouellet, Stuart Percy, Nick Jensen, Dylan Demelo, Joey Laleggia, Connor Carrick, Greg Pateryn

At the HFNHL level, the top 4 remains to be quite strong. Karlsson and Girardi are still solid options for the first pairing. Ehrhoff and Michalek should do a decent job on the 2nd pairing. At the moment, Hunwick, Redmond and Sulzer will play on the bottom pairing. After them, there is no one, so this is definitely an area in which the team needs to add a player or two. Hopefully without breaking the bank.

In terms of prospects, this is definitely the strength of the organization. From most accounts, Lindholm had a fantastic rookie season in the AHL and so far has justified his 6th overall draft selection. Morrow struggled to adapt to the AHL, but definitely got better as the season wore and after he was traded to the Stars. McIlrath will continue to develop into a nasty defensive dman in the minors and could see time with the Rangers next season. Ouellet had another decent season in junior, looked good at the WJCs and was a beast during the playoffs. Percy had another solid season in the OHL and from most accounts, looked pretty good during his late season stint in the AHL. Jensen, Demelo and Pateryn should continue to round out their game at the AHL level, with Demelo and Jensen being rookies. Carrick and Laleggia had good seasons with their respective clubs, but are undersized and are still considered long shots.

Goaltending
HFNHL: Ondrej Pavelec, Martin Brodeur
NHL: Jon Gillies, Louis Domingue

At the HFNHL level, this area is definitely the weakness of the team and will continue to be the main focus for improvement in the off-season. Statistically, Pavelec and Brodeur did not have good seasons and their ratings will reflect that. We still like Pavelec's upside and feel that his stats do not tell the whole story. Brodeur will be actively shopped/dumped.

In the system, this area is also rather shallow, however with the position being so hard to predict, we are ok with this. Gillies had a monster freshman season in the NCAA and won a bunch of awards. He has the size of the modern goaltender and with Calgary's goaltending future up in the air, he might find himself an opportunity sooner rather than later. Domingue played the majority of his first pro season in the ECHL and had decent stats. Due to the logjam of young goalies in the Coyote's minor league system, Domingue might find himself in the ECHL again next season. Domingue is probably a long-shot to ever make it.

Draft:
With only a 2nd and 5th rnd pick this year, it will be an unusually quiet draft for the Habs. As usual, we will be picking the BPA.

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