Which bad teams are best positioned to win the No.1 pick this season?
3 teams ready to graduate from the basement and ranking the top contenders for the No.1 pick:https://t.co/PeGLpYtenf
– Harman Dayal (@harmandayal2) September 12, 2023
More and more, it’s starting to smell like field hockey in Montreal. With the golf tournament yesterday and the rookie tournament starting tomorrow, the CH’s return seems more imminent than ever.
And I don’t know about you, but personally, I’m really looking forward to it.
On the other hand, this season may not yet be the “p-word” for the Habs. Once again, the goal will be to foster the development of young players to continue on this trajectory.
But even so, that doesn’t stop some fans from hoping to see the Tricolore climb out of the basement of the standings. On the other hand, according to Harman Dayal(The Athletic), we can still expect to see the CH nosedive.
How far? To the point where he doesn’t expect to see the Habs move up in the standings, considering they’re among the top five contenders for the top pick in the upcoming draft.
In concrete terms, then, he expects the Habs to finish among the league’s five worst teams. And since the club was in exactly the same place last year, that wouldn’t represent a progression in the standings (and would even possibly imply a fall).
The reasons behind his reasoning are simple enough: the CH’s division is stacked, Montreal’s power play is very uninspiring, it lacks big offensive talent and the young defense is going to go through a learning curve (read here that it will make mistakes).
Obviously, it sounds a little pessimistic as a projection… but in reality, it’s quite realistic.
And you know what? It’s no more serious than that: if the players make good progress and it doesn’t necessarily translate into victories, the season will still be a success. Once again this year, victories will be secondary, as it’s the development of the core for the years to come that will be paramount.
I also think we’ll see the Habs languish in the lower reaches of the standings again this year. A scenario in which the club wins more often exists, but it seems obvious to me that another big draft pick is even more likely.
– Once again,
the Avalanche are the favourite team to win the Stanley Cup this season.
The Odds-on Favourite to win the cup per season via Hockey Reference:
2022/23 – Colorado Avalanche (+425)
2021/22 – Colorado Avalanche (+625)
2020/21 – Colorado Avalanche (+700)
2019/20 – Tampa Bay Lightning (+675)
2018/19 – Tampa Bay Lightning (+875)
Sakic x Yzerman ran teams. pic.twitter.com/2k2S3loqg6
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) September 12, 2023
– It’s time to give William Trudeau some respect. [BPM Sports]
– Well done.
HOLDY’S BACK! 🤝
We are excited to announce that we have hired former VGK defenseman Nick Holden to our player development staff!!!!
– 🏆 – Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) September 12, 2023
– A former teammate of David Reinbacher praised the young man on air today.[BPM Sports]
– I don’t believe it, personally.
Colin Kaepernick’s agent has reportedly contacted the New York Jets👀🏈https://t.co/vCKwdGNO2z
– RDS (@RDSca) September 12, 2023
– Good news for the Jays.