Those famous expectations! In professional sports, expectations (sometimes excessive) are placed on all athletes. With the Montreal Canadiens, fans are divided in half: those who believe in all the players and find an explanation for everything. And those who call everyone a flop and want to trade a player after a bad game.
But in reality, neither type of fan is right. Each of the fans have to put some water in their wine. Some players have had injuries that they couldn’t avoid. So here’s a list of players who won’t have excuses next season.
Since joining the NHL, Drouin has had a lot of movement. He was struggling to find its way to the Lightning’s crowded top 6 and he didn’t want to play in the AHL anymore. When he arrived in Montreal, he was put in the center position and it was a setback. He had a 2nd season with ups and downs, a great start, but a poor finish. In his third season, he started producing like the player he was in the Juniors. Unfortunately, an injury slowed him down. Now he is on the wing of Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson. So he has all the tools to dominate, it will be up to him to answer the call as he is now 25 years old.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi is still very young. But since the beginning of his career, Claude Julien has been accused of not providing him with quality wingers to complete his games. Now that’s a thing of the past as he will start the season with the sniper Tyler Toffoli and Joel Armia, who is an excellent puck protector. The big breakthrough is foreseeable in his case.
Josh Anderson has been bothered by an injury in the last two campaigns. Today, he is said to have recovered. Anderson is labeled as a power forward and will play with Drouin and Suzuki who are the team’s two top game makers. So there will be no reason for him not to repeat his 27-goal season.
Carey Price has the reputation of being the best goalie in the world. Unfortunately for him, he has been in a weak club too many times. His chance to go far in the series, a certain Chris Kreider came to steal from him by injuring him. The bad line-up argument in front of him won’t hold up next season. With Marc Bergevin’s recent acquisitions, the CH has a good solid defence and an attack that can deliver. Price will be able to do his job knowing that he will have help ahead of him without having to constantly correct the mistakes of his defensemen.
Translated by Michel-Alexandre Broekaert