The defenseman isn’t ready to settle down with the Habs, according to Bob Hartley.
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) August 30, 2023
Even though he’s getting on in years and his body may not be keeping up with him as much as it once did, you can’t blame Brendan Gallagher for not giving 110% every time he steps on the ice. We’re talking about the guy who’s been in town longer than anyone else (excluding Carey Price, who will never play again), and clearly, he’s got the CH logo tattooed on his heart.
And clearly, we’re talking about an idea that’s sure to get some reactions, because even if Gallagher’s personal trainer thinks he’s capable of scoring 20 goals this year, we agree that few people see the #11 on the top-6 this year.
After all, there’s a case to be made: he’s constantly bothered by injuries, and even when healthy, it’s clear he doesn’t have the legs to play that many big minutes. On a third line in a support role, he has the assets to help a team, but he doesn’t necessarily have the energy to play a ton of minutes every game.
The idea of pairing him with a very fast winger in Newhook isn’t a bad idea to compensate for his lack of speed, but Monahan isn’t exactly a gazelle either. It wouldn’t be the fastest second trio in the league, let’s say.
As for the defensive brigade, we also note that the columnist doesn’t see Justin Barron starting the year in the NHL. In his eyes, Barron is too often late to the game and he’d rather have Johnathan Kovacevic as his sixth defenseman.
Because, in his eyes, Barron hasn’t yet shown that he’s an NHL-calibre guy. If the CH want to try and win a little more this year, Hartley thinks they have a better chance with Kovacevic.
The fact that Barron doesn’t have to go through the ballot may also work against him. I don’t necessarily think he’s “not NHL-ready”, but I do think he’s likely to start the year in Laval.
And it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for him to play big minutes on a first pair in the AHL.
Gustav Lindstrom isn’t improving the CH’s offensive rebound, but he’ll be fighting Justin Barron in camp → https://t.co/MzfGnWBG0P
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 16, 2023
What is clear, however, is that with the large number of players at Martin St-Louis’ disposal, the battles at training camp for these positions will be very interesting. Both offensively and defensively, the CH has a ton of ingredients to put in its soup (which may lack a little
in quality of seasoning, but won’t lack in quantity of vegetable variety).
– Great read on Filip Mesar.
Recrutes correspondent and minor field hockey coach @DanMeagher saw Mesar play at least 60 games last season. He wrote a terrific column breaking down Filip’s first NA season, and what the 2022 first-round pick still needs to work on. https://t.co/YGYeCR4eCG pic.twitter.com/9TGznPetQC
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) August 30, 2023
– Elias Pettersson at number three, that’s a bit high, isn’t it?
ESPN Projected Top-10 Points leaders next year:
148 – Connor McDavid
129 – Leon Draisaitl
116 – Elias Pettersson
112 – Matthew Tkachuk
108 – Jason Robertson
107 – Jack Hughes
107 – Nikita Kucherov
106 – Nathan Mackinnon
105 – David Pastrnak
102 – Mitch Marner
Any surprises? pic.twitter.com/Uwx3uA59nE
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) August 30, 2023
– It’s getting worse and worse.