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Thursday Habs Headlines: Realistic or not, Jonathan Drouin fell short of expectations

Here are your daily links, including how Jonathan Drouin could improve, how his potential may have been over-stated, a look ahead at the 2019 draft, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jonathan Drouin definitely has room to grow, but expectations of his play have been unrealistic so far. [TSN 690]
  • As the highest-paid forward in Montreal, Jonathan Drouin knows he fell short of his potential this year, and his current position brings to mind a similar story from Carey Price’s early years on the team. [The Athletic]
  • Now that the draft order is set, it’s time to consider what options will be available to the Habs at #15. [Sportsnet]
  • Artturi Lehkonen joined his teammates in thanking the fans for a great year:
  • Habs’ draft pick Brett Stapley is excited to take the ice in Buffalo for the Frozen Four. [Canadiens]
  • The lacklustre power play stands as an obvious culprit when evaluating reasons the Canadiens barely missed the playoffs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • ICYMI: Our very own Scott Matla has your guide for how to care about the playoffs as a Habs fan. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Roberto Luongo’s future in Florida, coaching vacancies, and many other non-playoff concerns. [31 Thoughts]
  • No one knows better than Patrik Laine how badly he needs the pucks to go in the net. [Sportsnet]
  • Most recently of Edmonton, Todd McLellan is still deliberating on his next move, with Los Angeles and Buffalo leading the pack. [TSN]
  • “Dogg Cherry” is back with more Hockey 101: this time to explain the Stanley Cup. [NHL on Twitter]