I’m always a little bored with the year in review. Future prospects, on the other hand, are far more stimulating. That’s why I’d like to take a look at what’s in store for the Canadiens in 2024 . https://t.co/QNteONI7XO?
– Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) December 29, 2023
That’s a lot of people at Mass. After all, Xhekaj wants to return to the NHL and he should get his chance. We know that Mailloux should be tested too, according to his comments at the start of the season.
And what about William Trudeau, who everyone thought was in his soup at the Habs’ last camp?
Injuries are a factor… and the Habs must also think about veteran leadership before trading one of them. #DavidSavard
But on top of all that, you have to add David Reinbacher and Lane Hutson, who are expected to finish the season in Montreal or Laval. And according to Radio-Canada’s Marc-Antoine Godin, Adam Engstrom’s name could also potentially be added to the list.
The guy’s got skills.
Adam Engstrom starting to feel himself out there, nearly pulls off something special with a toe drag to get into the slot. pic.twitter.com/fMCRM5HtgW
– Matt Drake (@DrakeMT) July 4, 2023
In fact, we’ve known for a while that the 2023-2024 campaign is likely to be his last in Europe. And under such conditions, if his season in Sweden ends before that of the Habs (or the Rocket), it makes sense to bring him here for a few games.
Of course, this would mean congestion on the blue line. With all the guys in Montreal and Laval, plus Reinbacher, Hutson and Engstrom… it’s a lot, let’s say.
We’ll have to keep an eye on this in the coming months, but for now, it’s a good reminder that, one day, we’ll have to trade defensemen because there won’t be room for everyone.
It’s one thing to have a few extra guys for a few weeks at the end of the season (i.e., in the short term), but you can’t have too many at the next camp either. That’s part of the equation.