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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Ryan Poehling is the MVP so far at the World Juniors

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In today’s links, Craig Button thinks that Poehling is the top player through the group stage, Alexander Romanov receives praise for his strong play, and looking back at the best and worst of 2018 in the hockey world.

United States v Finland - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Ryan Poehling has been the MVP so far at the World Juniors, writes Craig Button. Alexander Romanov also makes Button’s Group A All-Star Team. [TSN]
  • Romanov is just one of several KHL players making an impact on Team Russia. [KHL.en]
  • Jacob Olofsson’s career has been closely intertwined with that of Anaheim Ducks’ draft pick Isac Lundestrom. Lundestrom played 15 NHL games this season before being sent down to the AHL, and there’s no reason to think that Olofsson is far behind his linemate. [RDS]
  • The Habs finished 2018 with four victories in six road games. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Adjustments and confidence were the key factors behind the Habs’ year-end success. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Angela Price was not pleased with a “fan” who took umbrage to Carey’s presence at her bedside for the birth of their second child. [Journal de Montreal]
  • The Scrum Podcast, featuring EOTP’s own Julian McKenzie, has been nominated for two Canadian Podcast Awards this year!

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Looking back at the top moments in the hockey world in 2018. [ESPN]
  • What’s out for 2018 and in for 2019? [ESPN]
  • Gary Bettman will not punish Dallas Stars president Jim Lites for his comments on Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. [ESPN]
  • Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera has been charged in Finland with purchasing and possessing cocaine. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Zack Kassian is the latest to take a turn next to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as the Edmonton Oilers struggle for answers. [TSN]
  • The Calgary Flames will play the Winnipeg Jets in Regina next year. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The city of Victoria has embraced the underdog Kazakhstanis at the World Junior Hockey Championship. [Sportsnet]