Where Canadiens Are Strongest and Weakest for 2022 Offseason


The Montreal Canadiens have positions at which they’re stronger and weaker, like any other like any other team. Unlike every other team though, having finished last in the NHL in 2021-22, they’ve just got things to work on even where they’re strongest. It’s just up to general manager Kent Hughes to prioritize.

Here are the Canadiens’ top positions, ranked from best to worst, heading into the 2022 offseason:

Headlined by Cole Caufield, left wing is the position at which Hughes has little if anything to do at this point. Technically, Hughes has to actually remove assets so as not to clog the prospect pipeline.

Truth be told, the same is true at right wing too, as the Canadiens boast several wingers who can line up on either side. Based on their deployment though, Caufield, Jonathan Drouin, Mike Hoffman, Rem Pitlick and Paul Byron all line up at left wing.

That means they’re five deep at left wing and it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that Byron is a multi-time 20-goal scorer with the Canadiens, albeit several years ago. Technically, that gives the Habs a left wing filled to the brim with players capable of playing in the top six, at least on paper, if not in practice. World Juniors Live Free