– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) July 2, 2023
Obviously, this signing didn’t thrill planet Earth – quite the contrary.
On the face of it, this is clearly a signing to enhance the Laval Rocket’s attack in the AHL, to somewhat replace the departure of Anthony Richard and even Alex Belzile.
– Habs Fanatics (@habsfanaticss) July 9, 2023
However, considering that Andersson is a former choice of the Jeff Gorton and Nick Bobrov clique, when they were in New York, it’s clear that the Swede will have his chance to make his mark in order to potentially create a surprise and make his mark in Montreal.
One thing is certain: the Tricolore’s newest member wants to play in the NHL.
Lias Andersson: “I wanted to play field hockey in Montreal“https://t.co/L9WQ3P3w7V
– Eyes On The Prize (@HabsEOTP) July 9, 2023
Not only does Andersson want to make his mark in Montreal, but he’s confident he can still establish himself as an NHLer, and not just on the fourth line.
“I had a good last season. I’m feeling good. I want to be in the NHL, and not just on the fourth line. I want to be higher up in the lineup, and one day produce in the NHL. I feel I’ve improved in recent years and that I belong in the NHL. I’m confident that I can play well in the NHL too.” – Lias Andersson
The former Rangers and Kings player then added that he’s aware that the CH has several good players and good young players who will all be pushing to make the line-up, so the competition will be fierce.
He still hopes to make the roster, and if he doesn’t make it, he’ll do everything he can to play well in the AHL so that the CH can call him back for an NHL job.
What’s more, his excellent season in the AHL has given him a great deal of confidence in his scoring talents. Andersson scored 31 goals and 28 assists for a total of 59 points in 67 games with the Ontario Reign last season.
In short, Lias Andersson’s destiny is in his own hands, and a good training camp could earn him a place in the sun.
Unfortunately, however, it’s not quite that simple.
With so many forwards on the Habs right now, it will be very difficult for Andersson to take someone else’s spot, or to be prioritized over a young prospect who has had a solid camp as well.
Here’s a list of forwards who could play in Montreal.
- Nick Suzuki
- Cole Caufield
- Kirby Dach
- Sean Monahan
- Josh Anderson
- Alex Newhook
- Brendan Gallagher
- Juraj Slafkovsky
- Jake Evans
- Rafaël Harvey-Pinard
If they aren’t traded, they’ll be in the default lineup unless there’s a surprise:
- Mike Hoffman
- Christian Dvorak
- Joel Armia
That would mean there’s already one extra forward in the line-up, if logic holds.
So, unfortunately, as much as I’d love to see Andersson in Montreal to really give him a chance to blossom, I don’t think he’ll be prioritized over any of these 13 forwards, barring a trade.
It’s a shame, but that’s the reality.
P.S.: And let’s not forget all the young players who will be looking to spring a surprise at camp and make their mark in Montreal.
Emil Heineman, Sean Farrell, Owen Beck, Joshua Roy and Jesse Ylönen will all get their chance.
And I hadn’t even named Michael Pezzetta and Rem Pitlick.
Anyway, let’s see how this attacking congestion will be managed.
– Another tough loss for Montreal CF, as the offense failed again.
Another scoreless home defeat, the eternal problem of the offensive sector, Kwadwo Opoku one of the solutions? Lassiter in a tough situation. Saliba continues his fine form, T.Almada
– KAN FC ⚽ (@kanfootballclub) July 9, 2023
– Nice gesture on his part.
– To watch today.
Day 7 at #Wimbledon
Denis Shapovalov takes on Roman Safiullin in the 4th round. This match will take place in the morning. Time difficult to predict! 3rd match on court 2, including a duel started yesterday between Tiafoe and Dimitrov.
– François-Etienne Corbin (@fecorbinRDS) July 9, 2023
– He’s just too strong.
what if he gets traded to the mets and wins both mvps https://t.co/P5Xb4bjVcu
– ellie the elephant enjoyer (@jessespector) July 9, 2023
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