The Prospects of the Canadiens’ Future

Nick Suzuki with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack  ELLIOT FERGUSON / POSTMEDIA

With the recent trade of now former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, which landed Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a second round pick from the Vegas Golden Knights, it is safe to assume that the Habs have committed to a full-fledged rebuild. This means it is only a matter of time until the Canadiens core of veterans are shipped out for picks and prospects. This is the right direction for Montreal, as this core cannot compete with the Atlantic Division, let alone be cup contenders anytime soon.

However, there lacks a notable distrust in the Canadiens current management (for good reason) to properly rebuild. Putting aside Marc Bergevin’s ineptitude when it comes to asset management for a moment. I am more concerned over the Canadiens inability to develop their prospects. Granted, this was occurring long before Bergevin took the reigns in the summer of 2012. However, the Canadiens have failed in terms of taking their prospects to the next level.

In a span of five years, the Canadiens have squandered the potential of Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi, and Alex Galchenyuk. That is three first round picks which had, and showed the potential to be serviceable, and in Galchenyuk’s case could have been a superstar. Michael McCarron, the Canadiens 2013 first round pick, who recently signed a two-way deal with the Habs, is well on his way to the same fate.

Kotkaniemi against Ottawa in Laval
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While the current prospect pool for the Canadiens is fantastic with names like Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Josh Brook, and Ryan Poehling. Now with the addition of Suzuki it may rise in Corey Pronman’s team rankings for best prospect pools, which before the Pacioretty trade ranked 6th. However, it means nothing if those prospects can’t see their potential.

It is now the responsibility of Bergevin, and whoever will soon replace him, to commit to development. With Joel Bouchard now in charge of Laval, the future looks brighter, but the Habs will need to be patient. This rebuild will take a few years, but with any hope, it will turn the Canadiens into a contender again.

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2 Responses to The Prospects of the Canadiens’ Future

  1. Bergevin has totally destroyed this team..he is crying he needs PMD yet gave one of the best away in PK Subban, along with Nathan Beaulieu. Jerabek,Sergachev so hard to cry you need them when you give yours to other teams for little to no return.and now we have Benn, Schlemko and Alzner all 3 who are totally useless, can’t generate any offense nor protect the goalie. no one knows what shape Weber will be in when he returns, will be be the old Weber or will his ship have started to sail further out to sea…Shaw was over paid and over termed but with his conclusion problems we will be stuck with him…Bryon is one player I would haate to see go as his geart can not be replaced…time will tell if these prospects will turn into anything but prospects….

    Bay Bye September 15, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply
  2. The prospects are shinning this pre-season. However, your constant jabs at Bergevin in this article is quite sad. “whoever will soon replace him” sorry buddy he is here for another 5 years at least.

    dust September 25, 2018 at 7:58 am Reply

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