The Montreal Canadiens started with fifty eight attendees at their annual training camp, and thirty players remain. Here's a complete list of who is left:
|#||Player Name||Pos||Acquired||Contract Type||Waivers?|
|6||Greg Pateryn||D||2008-Jul-3: Trade with TOR for Grabovski||NHL||Yes|
|8||Zack Kassian||RW||2015-Jul-1: Trade with VAN for Prust||NHL||Yes|
|11||Brendan Gallagher||RW||2010 Draft: 5th round (147th overall)||NHL||Yes|
|13||Alex Semin||LW||2015-Jul-24: Free agent signing||NHL||Yes|
|14||Tomas Plekanec||C||2001 Draft: 3rd round (71st overall)||NHL||Yes|
|15||Tomas Fleischmann||LW||Professional Try-out (PTO)||PTO||N/A|
|17||Torrey Mitchell||C||2015-Mar-2: Trade with BUF for Nevins & 7th-2016||NHL||Yes|
|21||Devante Smith-Pelly||RW||2015-Feb-24: Trade with ANA for Sekac||NHL||Yes|
|22||Dale Weise||RW||2014-Feb-2: Trade with VAN for Diaz||NHL||Yes|
|24||Jarred Tinordi||D||2010 Draft- 1st round (22nd overall)||NHL/AHL||Yes|
|25||Jacob de la Rose||LW||2013 Draft- 2nd round (34th overall)||NHL Entry||No|
|26||Jeff Petry||D||2015-Mar-2: Trade with EDM for 2nd-2015 & 3rd-2015||NHL||Yes|
|27||Alex Galchenyuk||C||2012 Draft- 1st round (3rd overall)||NHL||Yes|
|28||Nathan Beaulieu||D||2011 Draft- 1st round (17th overall)||NHL||Yes|
|31||Carey Price||G||2005 Draft- 1st round (5th overall)||NHL||Yes|
|32||Brian Flynn||RW||2015-Mar-2: Trade with BUF for 5th-2016||NHL||Yes|
|35||Dustin Tokarski||G||2013-Feb-14: Trade with TBL for Desjardins||NHL||Yes|
|41||Mike Condon||G||2013-May-8: Free agent signing||NHL Entry||No|
|42||Sven Andrighetto||RW||2013 Draft- 3rd round (86th overall)||NHL Entry||No|
|45||Mark Barberio||D||2015-Jul-1: Free agent signing||NHL/AHL||Yes|
|49||Michaël Bournival||LW||2010-Nov-11: Trade with COL for O'Byrne||NHL/AHL||Yes|
|51||David Desharnais||C||2008-Nov-5: Free agent signing||NHL||Yes|
|54||Charles Hudon||LW||2012 Draft- 5th round (122nd overall)||NHL Entry||No|
|58||Noah Juulsen||D||2015 Draft- 1st round (26th overall)||NHL Entry||No|
|67||Max Pacioretty||LW||2007 Draft- 1st round (22nd overall)||NHL||Yes|
|74||Alexei Emelin||D||2004 Draft- 3rd round (84th overall)||NHL||Yes|
|76||P.K. Subban||D||2007 Draft- 2nd round (43rd overall)||NHL||Yes|
|77||Tom Gilbert||D||2014-Jul-1: Free agent signing||NHL||Yes|
|79||Andrei Markov||D||1998 Draft- 6th round (162nd overall)||NHL||Yes|
|81||Lars Eller||LW||2010-Jun-17: Trade with STL for Halak||NHL||Yes|
By opening night the Montreal Canadiens will need to trim their roster down to 23 players, meaning there are seven more cuts to make, six if we assume that Bournival will be placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR).
There are several posts at play at the moment:
So we all agree thatis the starter this year, yeah? But the question now becomes who will be backing him up. outplayed for the backup spot last year at training camp, but after a difficult season is ironically the one to be threatened this year by Mike Condon.
Condon outperformed expectations last season in Hamilton and took the starter role from Joey MacDonald. Could history repeat itself? It is worth noting that Tokarski would have to go through waivers, while Condon does not.
Prediction: Tokarski starts the season in Montreal, but with a Therrien Short Leash (c).
Based on Therrien's deployment thus far during the preseason it would appear that the top three lines are pretty much set, with the assumption that Fleischmann would have earned a contract from the organization. It is also pretty much set in stone thatwill pivot the fourth line. Assuming that the Habs will keep one extra winger, this leaves three spots for , , , , , and Jacob de la Rose.
The first three are seasoned NHL veterans with talent ceilings somewhere around third line duties, while the latter three are developing players who are probably better served playing tough minutes in the AHL. It probably also helps the decision-making process that none of them need to go through waivers.
Prediction: Kassian, Smith-Pelly, and Flynn get the start in Montreal this season while Bergevin looks for suitors for these assets.
Now this is where it gets interesting. By interesting I mean tricky. By tricky I mean I wouldn't want to be Marc Bergevin right now. The Canadiens currently have ten defenceman still at camp. That number has to go down to seven or eight on opening day.
The top three spots are sealed in concrete: Subban, Markov, and Petry.
The first cut is easy:. He'll be headed back to Junior as soon as he is fully recovered from his concussion.
The next cut is tricky as the rest of the candidates are NHL ready. You have two NHL veterans that are struggling to keep up with four young prospects who are knocking on the door of the NHL. Gilbert and Emelin run the risk of losing to the numbers game against, Mark Barberio, , and Jarred Tinordi. All of these players have to go through waivers to be sent down to the AHL, with a very high probability of being claimed.
Marc Bergevin has a very difficult decision to make in the coming days. Adding to the complication is thatpossesses a no-trade clause in his contract that may make him immovable. We are probably looking at a trade of some sort to come in the next few days, but who will be traded is anyone's guess.
Prediction: Emelin stays and has one of his best seasons ever. Gilbert gets traded for future assets, while Pateryn and Tinordi stay with the team to start the season. Barberio gets sent to the AHL via waivers.