Habs Depth Chart v2 – Deadline Aftermath

With the deadline done and over with, the Canadiens are poised to enter the playoff with a new added dimension that wasn’t present in past years. It was evident during and leading up to the deadline that Marc Bergevin was looking to add size and grit to his team, despite the dire need for additional scoring. During the Bergevin tenure, and as a matter fact ever since the Rejean Houle era, the Canadiens have always been known as a smaller, skilled and fast team. From Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev to the trio of Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri, for over a decade the Canadiens have always relied on skill to win despite the size. That said Bergevin has made changes and gone from the Habs’ current lineup are the smaller and softer players, the likes of long time scapegoat David Desharnais and Sven Andrighetto. With the possibility of facing divisional rivals the Boston Bruins or Ottawa Senators, as well as the heavy favoured Washington Capitals, Bergevin has added size and grit to his bottom 6 forwards and bottom pair defensemen, with the additions of Dwight King, Jordie Benn, Steve Ott, Brendon Davidson and Andreas Martinsen, Now with Claude Julien at the helm and an already skillful, but lack of, top 6 in Alex Radulov, Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk, hopefully the newly added size will help the Canadiens in this year’s long and gruelling playoff run.

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