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Canadiens' Otto Leskinen: Secures entry-level deal
Leskinen agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract with Montreal on Tuesday.
Leskinen racked up an impressive 31 points in 57 games with Finnish club KalPa this season. The 22-year-old defenseman will make the jump to North America ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, and while he figures to spend the bulk of the year developing his game in the minors, a strong showing at training camp could earn him a spot on a blue line that currently features three players over 30.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Requires surgery
Drouin underwent surgery to repair a fractured nose Tuesday.
The team's release noted the procedure was minor and Montreal expects Drouin to be able to resume his offseason training program in 2-3 weeks. The center matched his career-best point total with 53 this season, but missed the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season. If the 23-year-old can develop his scoring touch a little more, he could move into the upper tier of fantasy options.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Nick Suzuki: Dominating OHL playoffs
Suzuki picked up the game-winning goal in Guelph's 3-2 victory over Saginaw in Game 7 OHL playoff action Monday.
The Storm will face Ottawa for the OHL Championship beginning Thursday. Suzuki's 31 playoff points are nine more than the next closest competitor and he has lead Guelph to back-to-back Game 7 postseason victories. Originally a first-round selection of Vegas (13th overall) in 2017 and dealt to Habs in the Max Pacioretty deal, Suzuki is ready for NHL duty. Expect him to crack the Montreal roster out of training camp this coming fall.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jordan Weal: Inks two-year deal
Weal agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.8 million contract with Montreal on Friday.
Weal logged 14 games with the Habs after being acquired from Philadelphia via trade. In those outings, the center tallied four goals, six helpers and 30 shots, which was enough to earn himself a new deal from the club. The 26-year-old figures to slot into a bottom-six role, but he should challenge for the 20-point mark next season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Nate Thompson: Commands one-year extension
Thompson agreed to a one-year, one-way contract extension with the Canadiens on Thursday.
This is the second one-year deal that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has bestowed on a skater in the past week, with defenseman Christian Folin agreeing to terms on an extension last Thursday. Thompson produced 13 points (five goals, eight assists) over 78 games between the Kings and Habs this season, with the Kings receiving two 2019 draft picks -- specifically, a fifth-round pick and fourth-rounder -- upon sending Thompson to Montreal this past February.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Undergoes arthroscopic surgery
Kotkaniemi underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday.
Kotkaniemi underwent this procedure to address a chronic, minor injury that he played through during the 2018-19 campaign. The Finnish forward's offseason training schedule isn't expected to be impacted by his recovery from the surgery, so he should be back to 100 percent well before next year's training camp gets underway. The third overall pick from the 2018 draft had a solid rookie campaign, notching 11 goals and 34 points in 79 appearances, and should be considered an attractive secondary option with starter upside heading into next year's fantasy drafts.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Christian Folin: Renews deal for one year
Folin agreed to a one-year, one-way contract extension with the Canadiens on Thursday.
Acquired in a four-player deal from Philadelphia in February, Folin has fit in well with Montreal, as he collected 65 hits to go along with 19 blocked shots and four points through 19 games in his new digs. He's never going to be an offensive dynamo, but every team needs those rugged stay-at-home types to provide the mortar to a goalie's wall in the cage -- for the Habs, that's Folin.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Nick Suzuki: Excelling in OHL playoffs
Suzuki tallied a goal and two assists to help Guelph to a 6-3 win over London in Game 7 OHL playoff action Tuesday.
After dropping the first three games of the series, Suzuki and the Storm came roaring back to win the final four, and the play of the Montreal prospect was a major reason why. Suzuki now has 10 goals and 20 points in his first 11 postseason contests. This comes on the heels of a regular season in which he posted 94 points in 57 games. Dealing Max Pacioretty to Vegas was a difficult move for the Habs to make, but knowing they got a prospect of Suzuki's caliber in return helps soften the blow a bit. Suzuki seems likely to begin the 2019-20 season in Montreal.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Noah Juulsen: Cleared for next season
Juulsen (face) said Monday that he's healthy and has been cleared to play for the 2019-20 season.
The news is huge for Juulsen, who's career was in jeopardy after an injury related to his vision was revealed in February. He joined AHL Laval on a non-contact level March 26, and will be back on the ice fully healthy for the next campaign. The 22-year-old played 21 games this season at the NHL level and tallied five points.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Charles Hudon: Facing uncertain future
After appearing in 72 games a year ago, 2018-19 saw Hudon play only 32 games and finish with five points.
Hudon took a major step back this season, as the winger simply was unable to gain the trust of Claude Julien and the Montreal coaching staff. In 32 games, the 24-year-old averaged 11:40 TOI, nearly three minutes less than his 2017-18 average. Hudon is slated to become a restricted free agent at season's end.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Mike Reilly: Disappointing finish to 2018-19
Reilly finished the year on the outside looking in, as the defenseman dressed only once between Feb. 26 and the end of the season.
Reilly finished 2018-19 with 11 points in 57 games, but near the end of February, he found himself in Claude Julien's doghouse due to his defensive shortcomings. The 25-year-old began the year as a core piece of the Canadiens' blue line, averaging 22:36 of ice time over the first nine games of 2018-19. However, beyond Feb. 25, Reilly appeared in only one game. A restricted free agent this summer, it would seem unlikely that he'll return to Montreal.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Charlie Lindgren: Plays acrobat in Habs' last game
Lindgren made 44 saves in a 6-5 shootout win over Toronto on Saturday.
Sure, there were a lot of goals scored, but Lindgren was outstanding. He's quiet an acrobat. The Habs will need to make a contract decision on Lindgren soon and this performance will go a long way toward making him a part of Montreal's future.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Andrew Shaw: Finishes best season ever on high
Shaw scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-5 shootout win over the Maple Leafs.
Shaw finished with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his last 10 games. And 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 63 games. This was Shaw's best season by far and actually a 61-point pace. But he can't stay healthy. Shaw has played in 68, 51 and 63 games over the last three seasons, respectively. This guy could be a real fantasy stud given his combination of touch and grit.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Ryan Poehling: Delivers quadruplets in debut
Poehling scored a hat trick and clinched the game in the shootout in a 6-5 win over Toronto on Saturday.
Welcome to the NHL. This was Poehling's debut and he gave Montreal fans something amazing after the team dropped out of postseason contention last game. Poehling was a standout star for the USA at the recent World Junior Championship and at St. Cloud State. He'll never live up to the hype, but man that was a great debut. And a huge boost for fantasy owners who took a flier on him in DFS.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Ryan Poehling: Set for first look at top level
Poehling will make his NHL debut Saturday, with the first-round draft pick (2017) projected to center the fourth line against the Maple Leafs, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Poehling signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Habs this past Sunday, so it's been quite a week for the prospect, who went 25th overall to Montreal. The 20-year-old -- who crafted eight goals, 23 assists and a plus-12 rating with St. Cloud State this season -- is worth a flier if you want a sneaky value play in DFS, though it's not a sure bet that he's even available for the taking on all sites with just one game left in the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Paul Byron: Season cut short by wrist injury
Byron will miss the regular-season finale against the Maple Leafs due to a lingering wrist injury, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca.
Engels writes that Byron's been dealing with the issue for approximately a month, and given the winger's gamer mentality and teams generally not wanting to reveal injury specifics, it's not all that shocking that we're just now learning about this item. Byron posted 15 goals, 16 assists and a tidy plus-16 rating through 56 games this season. A real drag on his fantasy value is that he only mustered one power-play point between 1:05 of average ice time in that spot, though two shorthanded goals and an assist of the same kind make his season line look a bit better overall.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Charlie Lindgren: Covering cage in finale
Lindgren will draw the start Saturday against the visiting Maple Leafs, Jean-Francois Chaumont of Le Journal de Montreal reports.
Lindgren will be making his first NHL appearance since March of 2018. It makes sense that he'd get the nod over franchise tender Carey Price, seeing as how the Habs are eliminated from playoff contention. The silver lining for those of you wanting to stream Lindgren in DFS is that the Leafs will be resting their fair share of regulars -- particularly on the blue line -- in the upcoming contest. Lindgren is 7-8-0 (two shutouts) with a 2.78 GAA and .914 save percentage over 17 career top-level starts.... See More ... See Less
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