Fans from all over helped determine this ranking → https://t.co/v32Eqgl5GQ
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 4, 2023
This ranking, based on the votes of over 355,000 fans, was unfortunately not very kind to the Montreal Canadiens’ goaltenders, placing Jake Allen 41st and Samuel Montembeault 47th.
The exercise was again conducted on the Twitter account of EliteProspects.com contributor and advanced stats specialist JFresh, where this time fans voted for the NHL’s top defensemen.
Once again, it’s a final ranking that doesn’t favor the Montreal Canadiens, quite the contrary.
Fan defenceman ranking 65 to 128: pic.twitter.com/bQbUznMP2m
– JFresh (@JFreshHockey) August 4, 2023
That’s Mike Matheson next to the first CH logo on the list at #95.
While once again this ranking isn’t rocket science, it does speak volumes about NHL fans’ perception of the CH’s defense.
It obviously shows that the Tricolore doesn’t have a very powerful defense at the moment, given that it’s made up of several young players who are still slowly acclimatizing to the NHL.
The CH’s No. 8 recorded a career-best 34 points (eight goals and 26 assists), and did so in just 48 games due to several early-season injuries.
The two defensemen were traded for each other last summer, and since then, it’s been pretty clear who won that deal.
In the end, the CH defenseman will just have to prove next season that he’s much better than that, and that he can be one of the NHL’s best defensemen.
What’s more, while the CH currently has just one representative in the top-100, that should change in the coming years with the development of all the youngsters, including Lane Hutson.
– Not to be missed today.
Hlinka Gretzky Cup Medal Game Day:
🥉 Finland 🇫🇮 🆚 USA 🇺🇸 – 11am and on TSN5
🥇 Czechia 🇨🇿 🆚 Canada 🇨🇦 – 11am and on TSN1
– TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) August 5, 2023
– A Stars prospect to watch.
Will the Stars system smile on Mavrik Bourque? https://t.co/QZgcr1KGen
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) August 5, 2023
– One to watch.
– Toutsurlehockey.com (@Toutsurlehockey) August 5, 2023
– Read on.
– Sylvain St-Laurent (@Syl_St_Laurent) August 5, 2023
– Japan is off to the Quarter-finals.