A look back at my...uhh...preseason look forward.
We opened this up to nominees from the readers of EOTP that we would then vote on, but only one game was consistently mentioned as the game of the year.
Most of the first half of the season P.K. Subban was played as if he was a rookie, sitting on the third pairing. This produced some absurd possession stats, but when Subban really took off was when he was given the tough minutes he's used to.
Andrei Markov barely played for 3 years after multiple injuries that required several major surgeries on his knees and tendon damage to his foot. Is he still the player that we all so fondly remember?
Armstrong was brought in as a Michel Therrien favourite, a glue guy, and a possible cheap reclamation project. How has he performed?
MIchael Ryder is the biggest acquisition that Marc Bergevin has made as general manager, but with only 5 games as a Habs in the first half, it's tough to analyze him with this dataset.
Prust was signed to be a bottom six player for the Canadiens, but his versatility has seen him play all over the lineup. Has he been worth the $2.5M a year?
It hasn't been a Calder level season for Galchenyuk, but his play has been much better than most people realize.
Rene Bourque was godawful last season for the Canadiens, and now his redemption season has possibly been cut short. But how great is his redemption?
Over the last two seasons, Pacioretty has established himself as an excellent goal scorer and possession driver, but can he take another step forward?
Ryan White always stands up for his teammates, usually against players bigger than himself, and he has some sick flow, but is he a good hockey player?
For the first time in his career, Eller has had the chance to play consistently with talented linemates, but he had to earn it, and that has had an affect on his first half numbers.
Studying the puck possession and usage of the Canadiens forward lines which lead to their Eastern Conference leading 2013 half season.
Over the next little while we'll be bringing you an avalanche of analysis on the first half of the Canadiens season. Here is an introduction to the methodology we'll be using to evaluate the players.
We're almost 50% of the way through the lockout shortened season, are the Habs looking as good as they were after 10 games?
After 10 games in this shortened season, we're nearly 21% of the way to the end of it. Do the Habs look like they're making the playoffs? Find out inside.
After examining 135 goals for the 2011-12 season, I decided it would be interesting to examine how well those results correlated with the season prior.
Montreal struggled with finding secondary sources of offence from their forwards in 2011-12 behind Cole and Pacioretty. Here are the players that played in Montreal that provided those roles, or at least when they did don the CH.