There is a lot of talk that the Canadiens have rejuvenated themselves in recent months. And with good reason. When looking at the potential roster for next season (considering Price will spend the year on the long-term injury list), only seven players will be over 30.
We are talking about David Savard, Mike Hoffman, Evgenii Dadonov, Brendan Gallagher, Chris Wideman, Paul Byron and Jake Allen.
Dadonov will be the eldest of the group, as he will celebrate his 34th birthday next March.
The squad is currently being rebuilt, which explains the orchestrated youth shift within the squad. At a minimum, we can expect there to be a total of seven players aged 23 and under who could have a chance to start the year in Montreal.
Some cases are already insured, of course. In a nutshell, here are the names of these players:
- Juraj Slafkovsky, 18 years old
- Nick Suzuki, 23 years old
- Cole Caufield, 21
- Kirby Dash, 21
- Justin Barron, 20 years old
- Jordan Harris, 22
- Kaiden Guhle, 20 years old
We agree that there are no doubts for Suzuki, Caufield and Dach in this discussion .. and perhaps I would add the names of Barron and Guhle to the equation, given the lack of depth to the blue line.
The case of Slafkovsky is a bit particular, in particular for his selection in first place in the last repechage. Ultimately, it all comes down to how he performs in the beginner’s camp and training camp, although there are some who currently believe he’s ready to make the leap to NHL.
If management and coaching staff see fit to get him started in Laval, then he will start in Laval. If management and coaching staff feel it is best to start in Montreal, then it will start in Montreal.
Jordan Harris, who believes he is in the best shape of his life, will have to prove to the staff that he deserves his place at the big club. He will have to find a way to stand out, whether he plays left or right.
Free washing machine | The metamorphosis of the Canadian https://t.co/wBVY2SqAx7 via @lp_lapresse
– Mathias Brunet (@mathiasbrunet) 1 September 2022
The “metamorphosis” of the Canadian, as Mathias Brunet defined it in his text above, has really begun. And that’s even more impressive when he looks at all the draft picks the club has over the next few years, as the reporter explains.
In the city the tide has turned: now we leave room for young people. And this is where it gets interesting.
It’s probably the first time since I’ve been in hockey that I’ve been so excited about the next generation of the Canadiens team. Talent is already present in the line-up (I am obviously thinking of Caufield and Suzuki) and the young people who are growing have the potential to be excellent.
It’s different from a few years ago when Marc Bergevin was afraid to use the word “reconstruction” when talking about his plan for the team and this is where we see a difference between the old and the new direction.
We are not afraid to look to the future in CH, it costs to sacrifice a more difficult season or two. And in a few years, fans will be very happy to see Kent Hughes’ plan worked.
– I would have given anything to be present at this match.
Fifty years later, the Series of the Century continues to mark hearts https://t.co/AokH7Q5ycy
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) 1 September 2022
– I wouldn’t say no.
$ 245 million doesn’t change the world, but … pic.twitter.com/vfjQGXOZhA
– RDS (@RDSca) 1 September 2022
– The next electrifying duo in Ottawa?
– NHL (@NHL) 1 September 2022
– Speaking of the Senses:
Senators have been aggressive in getting some great talent this summer. And after years of not spending, suddenly a new question emerged:
Will Ottawa be able to put all their young stars under the cap?
I explore what things might look like in 2024-25. https://t.co/Tnq84xj1nz
– Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) 1 September 2022
– One of the best players in women’s hockey history.