Will the Canadiens Accomplish Their Goals?
With the off-season currently in full swing, most writers, such as myself, are scrambling to come up with new content ideas. Having downtime is a blessing, as well as a curse, as it allows you more time to think about what you want to write, but also leaves you wondering whether you should write about this or the other.
Now I’m gonna be honest with you guys, this article had three different and covered other topics before I settled on this one. At one point I was going to write about Marc Bergevin‘s worst trades as Canadiens general manager. Then, I moved on to wanting to cover the greatest impact players from this past season. Lastly, I thought I would write an article covering the greatest trades in the 112-year history of the Montreal Canadiens.
Alas, none of these articles made the cut (but stay tuned, as they will all be published in the coming weeks ;), but thankfully I had a topic I felt Canadiens fans needed to debate me on; next season’s predictions. Don’t get me wrong, I am no gambling man, but with the predictions I have made below, I am very confident that these can pan out. If I were you, I would definitely throw some loose change on these bets (disclaimer, I am not glorifying gambling or telling you what to bet on. I am not a financial advisor by any means).
These last few weeks the Canadiens have significantly strengthened their lineup, thanks to the additions of Mike Hoffman, David Savard, and key role players such as Cedric Paquette and Mathieu Perreault. Add to the fact that they brought back key names such as Joel Armia, and Jonathan Drouin is back in the gym looking better than ever, I say the team is destined for something just as special as the 2020-21 playoff run they enjoyed.
So, grab your popcorn, get your glasses on, and get ready to debate with me on whether you believe these predictions for next season will come to fruition. Without further ado, let’s hop right in.
Drouin Pots Home 60+ Points
The curious case of Jonathan Drouin has been a sore subject with Canadiens fans over the years. The 26-year-old winger came over from the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2017 offseason that saw the Lightning receive current star-defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. There were high expectations when Drouin first came to the Canadiens, as he had flashes of brilliance while playing with the Lightning, and looked like the future of the Canadiens.
Sadly, after four seasons in a Canadiens jersey, it’s safe to say that Drouin hasn’t lived up to his potential, which I believe is limitless. There’s a saying among athletes that you shouldn’t be thinking when you are out there playing your sport – everything should just be coming to you subconsciously. Even soccer superstar Neymar Jr is quoted as saying that he only uses only “3-4%” of his brainpower when he’s out there on the pitch.
Right now, Drouin looks as if he is thinking WAY too much out there, and what happens when you think too much is that you are second-guessing yourself (just like me with my articles this week). The St. Agathe, Quebec native is honestly one of the most talented wingers I have seen in recent memory. That is not an exaggeration.
If you search up Jonathan Drouin highlights you will see what I am saying. The talent is undeniable; the only thing in his way is the big piece of meat in between his ears. If he stops thinking so much, and just plays his game, like we all know he can, I am supremely positive he will have the best season of his career next year.
Caufield Eclipses 30+ Goals
This should be a no-brainer for all Canadiens fans. Listen, Cole Caufield is the future of this hockey club – plain and simple. What he did last year in the playoffs was magical, and it’s easy to forget that he is only 20 years old. The talented winger possesses 5-gear speed, effortlessly weaving in and out of opposing defensive traps, as well as a lethal shot, which I am sure will rival the best around the league.
Caufield has it all – the talent, skill, and swagger. With line-mates such as Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson setting him up, look for him to eclipse the 30-goal mark next year if he stays healthy. The Canadiens have lacked a pure-goalscorer ever since Alexei Kovalev and Mike Cammalleri left the team. Caufield is now that guy, all he needs to do is go out and show out.
The Canadiens Win the Season Series Against the Leafs
The Canadiens did not only win a thrilling seven-game series last playoffs, but they also won free real-estate in the heads of all the Maple Leaf’s players. Do you know what kind of psychological turmoil the Canadiens caused the Leafs with their Round 1 win? Just like how the Bruins will forever be ingrained into the minds of Leaf’s fans for years to come, it is now the same case with the Canadiens.
Don’t get me wrong, the Leafs have a great team, no doubt about it, but after losing to the Canadiens, I can see them losing most of the games in which they face us during the regular season. The Canadiens have the momentum, plain and simple. All they need to do now is go out, play a strong defensive game against the Leafs, and finish their hits. If they do that, they will be golden.
Bleu-Blanc-Rouge End Up Top-Ten in Goals For
The Canadiens have never been a high-scoring team, but for some reason, I feel as if this season will be different. With the additions they have made, and the emerging young core, the stars will align, and we Habs fans will finally have a high-scoring team to cheer on. The leading goal-getter will be Cole Caufield with 34 goals, and Mike Hoffman will come into second with 28. In the assist column, look for either Jonathan Drouin or Nick Suzuki to lead the pack.
Aside from that, look for a solid season out of Josh Anderson as well, who’s game I am sure will appreciate the bustling Montreal crowd. The Canadiens have all the ingredients next season for a high-scoring pie. Let’s hope they make it happen.
Canadiens Make it to the Third Round
This past season’s playoff run was no fluke,(yes Guy i said it) the Canadiens have a seriously talented team. Anyone who says differently is probably a Leafs fan or my boss. In order for this prediction to facilitate itself, the Canadiens will need all hands on deck, just like they did during the playoffs. I could go on for days and days with how I believe the Canadiens can make it deep into the playoffs, but I’d rather keep it short and sweet, or else it would seem that I am overcompensating.
Plain as gravy – the Habs have what it takes. They just need to go out and perform.
What do you think? Do you believe these predictions will come true? (If they do, you’d have to call me Mystic Mike) Do you have any predictions of your own that you would like to share? Please do and let me know in the comments below!
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