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Year End Player Reports: Forwards

Year In Review: Player Reports - Part 1 - Forwards

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11 - Saku Koivu
68gp, 14g, 41a, 55pts, -5, 41pm

The courageous captain of the Canadiens, Saku saw his season set back due to a preseason knee injury. Koivu struggled in his first few games back from the injury, but after regaining his health, he once again became the player that led the team in scoring the previous year. A gifted playmaker, Saku is surprisingly strong on the puck, a great skater, and possesses all the intangibles to be a top center in the league. In what could be a called an off year for the flying Finn, Saku still managed 41 helpers which ranked him second on the team. With his health problems hopefully behind him for good, Saku should be a key ingredient in any success this team has over the next few years, and should once again line up on the top line in 04-05. Season rating: B+

71 - Mike Ribeiro
81gp, 20g, 45a, 65pts, +15, 34pm

In his first full season with the Canadiens, Ribeiro outperformed all expectations, netting an amazing 65 points, leading the team. Mike greatly improved his skating over the off season, and with his new wheels, was able to keep the team afloat to start they year without captain Koivu. Ribeiro, one of the league's most dynamic puck handlers has an amazing eye in the offensive zone, works the powerplay to a tee and knows exactly when to pick his spots, as can be noted from his 19.4 shooting percentage which was among the league's best. One of the main concerns with Ribeiro going into the season was his lack of defensive awareness, but with a forward high +15 rating, those concerns have since been satisfied. During the campaign Ribeiro struck up a remarkable chemistry with rookie phenom Michael Ryder, the two provided some of the strongest secondary scoring in the league.Ribeiro's lack of strength may prevent him from ever becoming a top tier #1 center in the league, but in a secondary role, Ribeiro should continue to be an offensive juggernaut for the opposition. Season rating: A

34 - Jim Dowd
69gp, 7g, 22a, 29pts, +12, 44pm

Dowd was acquired on the deadline from the Minnesota Wild. A wise veteran, and former Stanley Cup champion, Jim who was a scoring star in his college days has evolved into one of the most reliable checking centers in the league. Possessing good speed and smarts, Jim plays a strong forechecking game and isn't afraid to get dirty in the corners. His presence with the Canadiens was felt immediately upon his arrival, and was a strong component in the team's stretch drive to the post season. An unrestricted free agent at season's end, it's uncertain as to whether or not Jim will be re-signed by the team, but if his play as a Hab gives any indication, it wouldn't be surprising to see him brought back for another year. Season rating: B, Hab rating: B

90 - Joe Juneau
70gp, 5g, 10a, 15pts, -4, 20pm

A long time veteran of the league, Joe Juneau is on the tail end of a strong career in this league. Juneau's days of producing at a point per game are long behind him, but he still remains one of the smarter players on the Canadiens roster. It became more evident this year than any other that Juneau's age was starting to catch up to him. His decision making and head for the game are still there, but his body just cannot get the job done anymore on a consistant basis. Juneau, an unrestricted free agent at season's end will most likely not be brought back, which would likely lead to the end of his playing days, but don't be surprised to see him behind the bench in some league, some where, some day. Season Rating: D-

94 - Yanic Perreault
69gp, 16g, 15a, 31pts, -10, 40pm

Yanic struggled for the most part this season. At one time two seasons ago, the team's leading offensive producer, Perreault became expendable this season with the rise of Mike Ribeiro, but for some reason was kept around, despite no longer having a true spot in the line up. When given the opportunity, Perreault can be a strong producer offensively, as he possesses soft hands and the best faceoff skills in the league. Despite a late season revival on a line with Koivu and Zednik, Perreault still failed to solidify himself as a regular in the line up, due in large part to his complete lack of defensive awareness, as can be taken from his dreadful -10 rating. Perreault, a Quebec native would likely be happy to re-sign with the team at a lower rate this offseason, but thankfully I don't see management having any interest in that. Yanic will almost certainly be moving on after the post season commences. Season rating: C

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Left Wing

20 - Richard Zednik
81gp, 26g, 24a, 50pts, +5, 63pm

After a 31 goal campaign for Richard in 02-03, expectations were extremely high for the powerful winger this season. Possibly due to the injury of Koivu, or just his own inconsistancy, Zednik struggled during the first half of the season. Once re-alligned with Saku in the second half, Zednik began to find his game, and was one of the team's hottest players down the stretch. Bulging the twine a team high 26 times, this was by no means a poor season for Richard, but likely not the best he's capable of. Zednik is most effective when using his amazing lowerbody strength to power wide against opposing defenders and corral the puck from the side boards to the net for scoring chances. He possesses surprising strength on the puck and a quick and accurate shot. Richard should benefit from playing with Saku for a full season next year and will likely outproduce this season's totals. Season rating: B

26 - Pierre Dagenais
50gp, 17g, 10a, 27pts, +15, 24pm

Dagenais started the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, but vowed he would soon be in Montreal, showing off his scoring prowess. Well despite the fact that most fans would prefer he wasn't on the ice at all, Dagenais was true to his word, and after lighting the American league on fire, was recalled shortly into the season. Pierre is slow, often lazy and close to useless in his own end. But all these flaws can't hide the fact that the guy can shoot the puck, and shoot the puck he does. Dagenais possesses probably the strongest snap shot on the team, and can let it go in the blink of an eye. Scoring 17 goals in a mere 50 games, Dagenais proved that he can produce at the NHL level, but with an abundance of more well rounded youngsters poised to hit the spot light, only time will tell if his one dimensional ways will be a mainstay on the team in the future. Season rating: C+

38 - Jan Bulis
72gp, 13g, 17a, 30pts, -8, 30pm

After breaking through in 02-03 with a 40 point campaign, expecations of Jan becoming one of the league's top two way forwards were high. Unfortunately Bulis failed to meet the expecations of a top offensive checker, but still remained a vital part of the team's penalty kill. Bulis is a great skater and forechecker with a powerful shot, but hands of stone, and a case of rotten luck held him back from reaching any plateau's this season. The jury is still out on Bulis though, at 26 there is no telling whether or not he's reached his peak, but after a wasted season the outlook isn't quite as bright as it once was. A strong checker and consistant performer, Bulis will definitely be a top 9 forward for the team next season, and could possibly be given another kick at a top 6 spot. Season rating: C

22 - Steve Begin
52gp, 10g, 5a, 15pts, +5, 41pm

Claimed in the waiver draft from Buffalo, expections for Begin upon his arrival in Montreal were low. Added to be an aggitator on the 4th line, and to add grit to a soft line up, Begin quickly become a fan favourite, and inspiration to his teammates. Struggling through several shoulder injuries, Begin maintained decent production during his time in the line up, and completely exceeded any expecations that the team and fans had for him. Steve's strongest asset is his ability to get under the skin of the opposition, and when he does, he's at his best. A strong skater, shot blocker and penalty killer, Begin is an ideal 3rd or 4th liner for a team that lacks physicality like Montreal. After finally realizing his potential, Begin has evolved into an every day NHLer with the Habs and isn't likely to be going anywhere any time soon. Season rating: B+

15 - Darren Langdon
64gp, 0g, 3a, 3pts, -2, 135pm

Also claimed in the waiver draft, Darren was brought aboard to give the team it's first legitimate goon in several years. Not only did Darren finally give the team a true fighter, he helped bring along what Gainey had began to instill within the team, a sense of unity. No longer would the Habs stand back and watch the opposition attack another teammate, with Langdon in the line up they were more confident, and more willing to act as a team rather than as individuals... well atleast more often. Darren may not have scored a goal, but to think that he didn't factor into the scoring this season would be wrong. A great leader, and teammate, Langdon served his role admirabely this season, and will likely be brought back for another next season. Season rating: C+

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Right Wing

27 - Alexei Kovalev
78gp, 14g, 31a, 45pts, -9, 66pm

After a dissapointing campaign in Manhatten, Alex was brought aboard by the Habs shortly before the deadline to bring some much needed offensive punch to the line up. A smooth skater, brilliant playmaker and all around gifted player, when on his game Kovalev is among the very elite in the NHL. Unfortunately for Montreal's sake Alex has yet to refind the game that slipped away from him around the same time he was traded to New York last season. A victim of being unfamiliar with the system, or just a victim of his own lack of work ethic, opinions may vary, but it's a mutal agreeance that Kovalev has thus far been a bust in Habtown. Barring a huge offensive breakout and cup run in the coming weeks, it's highly unlikely that Kovalev will be re-signed by the team this off season, furthering the intense discussion into the question whether or not this rental was really worth it. Season rating: C-, Hab rating: D

73 - Michael Ryder
81gp, 25g, 38a, 63pts, +10, 26pm

From the 8th round, to the ECHL, to the AHL, to the top of the rookie scoring race, Michael Ryder is truly an inspiration to all who love this game. Ryder possesses an amazing wrist shot, and eye for the net. He's a relentless worker, and his playmaking is often underrated. He may not be the most skilled youngster in the league, but he's an exceptionally sound all around player, and works hard game in, game out. The surprise of camp, Ryder fought to win a spot with the team, and quickly made a name for himself by shooting the puck. After a few games it become quite evident that this kid wasn't going away. Throughout the year Ryder showed his versatility by producing with numerous linemates, and showing great chemistry with both of the teams top centers, Ribeiro and Koivu. Ryder finished the year 2nd on the team in goals with 25 and in scoring with 63 points. It's hard to believe that an 8th rounder who wasn't even an AHL regular at the start of last season could do anything more than Ryder did this year, but I wouldn't write the book on him just yet, because he's been proving the critics wrong all his life. Season rating: A

37 - Niklas Sundstrom
66gp, 8g, 12a, 20pts, +3, 18pm

Highly touted as a youngster, a member of one of the greatest lines in junior hockey history (naslund - forsberg - sundstrom), Niklas Sundstrom has never really lived up to his offensive potential in the national hockey league. But despite that, Sundstrom has developped into one of the games smartest checking forwards. After a dissapoiting campaign in 02-03, expectations for Niklas were of improvement going into this season. Unfortunately nagging injuries kept Sundstrom from getting on any kind of a roll this year. A strong skater with good offensive skills, Sundstrom at times can be a great player, but has a habit of limiting himself to a defensive mindset and becomes invisible for long stretches of time. A restricted free agent that would have to be tendered at the cost of about 1.75 million dollars at seasons end, it's likely that Sundstrom will become unrestricted this summer, his days in Montreal may be coming to an end. Season rating: C-

17 - Jason Ward
53gp, 5g, 7a, 12pts, +3, 21pm

One year after clawing and fighting his way from the AHL to being an NHL regular, Jason Ward looked like he might have a break out season with the Habs this year. From bust to bang, Ward went into camp with a great chance at finding himself a 3rd line spot to start the year. Unfortunately for Ward his former Hamilton teammate Michael Ryder didn't read the notice that Ward was supposed to be the one, Ryder quickly passed Ward on the depth charts who had a slow camp. A month into the season Jason was finally starting to hit stride (as well as the extremely awkward skater can hit stride), when he broke his foot, sidelining him for a signifigant period of time. After the injury Ward struggled to get consistant playing time, but finally found his role on the team in the later weeks of the year. Finding strong chemistries with both Jim Dowd and Steve Begin, Ward has become an essential part of the team's checking attack and penalty kill, and for a guy who most thought would never play in the NHL again in 02, that's a big accomplishment. Season rating: C+

Andreas Dackell
64gp, 4g, 8a, 12pts, +8, 10pm

Entering the season it was uncertain where the soft, one dimensional Swede, Andreas Dackell would fit into the line up. A full season later, the same question remains. A decent skater, and smart positional player, Dackell can play an effective checking game against smaller team's top lines. Dreadful when it comes to the offensive side of the game, Dackell is liable to fan on upto 5 shots a game, and is not a sure bet to hit an empty netter from inside the opposition blueline. Andy surprised the masses by starting off the year with a bang with points in consecutive games, but unforunately this was a mere tease, as Dackell went on to score a career low 12 points on the year. As an unrestricted free agent, it's unlikely that the aging Dackell will be brought back to give it another go with the Habs in 04-05. Season rating: D

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Good work Matt , i would give a B to Ward but that's about it . With limited duty Ward was not expected to breaks out like Ryder and with the way he his playing those day i think the management could consider a Ryder-Ribeiro-Ward line .

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Great job!

I think your a bit hard on Dagenais and Kovalev. I see them as extras on the line-up.

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Great job man
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26 - Pierre Dagenais
50gp, 17g, 10a, 27pts, +15, 24pm

38 - Jan Bulis
72gp, 13g, 17a, 30pts, -8, 30pm
Great work MattScott I always enjoy reading in depth analysis of the players by other fans. It sometimes makes me question (in a constructive way) what I think about them and their place within the team.

Now the reason I quoted this part is a bit off topic, but to the people that swear by the +/- stats to evaluate a player's defensive abilities, just look at those for a second. Dagenais is probably the worst player defensively on this team by a fairly large margin, yet he ends up with a +15, and in only 50 games on top of that. Meanwhile, one of our strongest forechecker/2-way checker/PK specialist (I know it doesn't influence +/-) ends up with a -8. This +/- stat can tell alot of things if used smartly, by weighting in other factors like role, matchups, ice time, linemates, etc. but in no way should it be a reference for a player's defensive capacities.

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Good analysis! Very good!!!

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Great work MattScott I always enjoy reading in depth analysis of the players by other fans. It sometimes makes me question (in a constructive way) what I think about them and their place within the team.

Now the reason I quoted this part is a bit off topic, but to the people that swear by the +/- stats to evaluate a player's defensive abilities, just look at those for a second. Dagenais is probably the worst player defensively on this team by a fairly large margin, yet he ends up with a +15, and in only 50 games on top of that. Meanwhile, one of our strongest forechecker/2-way checker/PK specialist (I know it doesn't influence +/-) ends up with a -8. This +/- stat can tell alot of things if used smartly, by weighting in other factors like role, matchups, ice time, linemates, etc. but in no way should it be a reference for a player's defensive capacities.
It tells you that when Dags is on the ice he is not that bad and the habs will score a goal. As for Bulis, he was minus 2 last night by the way, it tells us that he won't score so unless he is perfect defensively, he will finish the night in the minus column.

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It tells you that when Dags is on the ice he is not that bad and the habs will score a goal. As for Bulis, he was minus 2 last night by the way, it tells us that he won't score so unless he is perfect defensively, he will finish the night in the minus column.
That couldn't be farther from the truth IMO. If Dagenais had been used in the same situations and against the same lines Koivu was for example, he would probably be -10. It's not as black and white. Lots of things to take into account for this stat to mean anything.

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