Canadiens mailbag part one, on expectations for Slaf, managing the prospect pool and more. Part two comes out later this week. https://t.co/zAR7EHMd8i
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) July 31, 2023
And that’s exactly what he’s done, with the signing of Alex Newhook from Colorado. Newhook, like Dach, comes to Montreal at a very young age with the goal of reaching his full potential, something he was unable to accomplish with the Avalanche.
Newhook is a natural center who can also play on the wing. He has the tools in his bag to become a good player in the National League, and that’s why Kent Hughes went looking for him.
Even if the season doesn’t start until October, we can already start having fun with the attacking trios puzzle. Arpon Basu (The Athletic) lent himself to the exercise in a recent text…
- Caufield – Suzuki – Newhook
- Monahan – Dach – Anderson
That’s assuming Christian Dvorak (injured) is healthy enough to play the first game of the campaign. If not, Juraj Slafkovsky would take Monahan’s place on the right of the second line, while Monahan would pilot the center of the third unit.
He sees Newhook starting the season alongside Suzuki and Caufield because, in his eyes, the Habs would like that to be the case. The journalist believes that Newhook’s speed would be a nice “fit” with the other two young players’ respective styles of play, both offensively and defensively…
And I must admit, I don’t hate the idea.
Putting him just anywhere in the line-up isn’t going to do it, and Martin St-Louis is certainly aware of that.
After all, the newcomer’s situation is similar to that of Kirby Dach last year. St-Louis gave Dach significant responsibility last season and we saw what happened, as we witnessed the former third overall pick’s meteoric rise.
It’s a little difficult, as of today, to create any expectations with Alex Newhook because we haven’t really seen him play yet. But the CH’s upcoming training camp should help us in that regard, and Newhook will certainly be one of the most interesting candidates to watch.
The observation remains the same, however. Alex Newhook on the first line… A pleasant idea that is likely to continue to gain ground between now and the season opener.
– The camaraderie is still there at the Leafs.
Which of these guys would you want to crash a wedding with? 🍻
– BarDown (@BarDown) July 31, 2023
– (Another) exclamation point on Erik Karlsson’s fine 22-23 season.
Every defenseman with 40+ 5v5 points this season:
– Josh Morrissey (40p)
– Vince Dunn (42p)
– Erik Karlsson (64p)
The difference between 1st and 2nd place is the same as the difference between 2nd and 60th place. pic.twitter.com/avQLbFmDkg
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) July 31, 2023
– Great story.
Will Kenya be a member of the IIHF?
In any case, the Ice Lions have big ambitions! https://t.co/guPksuBdRV
– Michel Laprise (@MLapriseRDS) July 31, 2023
– Things continue to move in the MLB as the trade deadline approaches.
The case of Justin Verlander is also attracting attention. https://t.co/gEUE4P19Q2
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 31, 2023
– Well said.