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Eyes On The Prize 2 hours ago
A tale of two veterans: The successes and struggles of Mike Matheson and Joel Edmundson

A tale of two veterans: The successes and struggles of Mike Matheson and Joel Edmundson

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via A quarter of the way into the season, Matheson is on his way to filling Jeff Petry’s skates while “steady Eddy” has been anything but. Heading into the 2022-23 season, most observers expected that the Montreal Canadiens would lean heavily on a trio of veterans on the blue line: David Savard, Mike Matheson, and Joel Edmundson. Injuries to Matheson and Edmundson forced the Habs to ice an opening night lineup with four rookie defencemen, but rather than succumbing to their baptism by fire, Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Harris, Arber Xhekaj,...
Eyes On The Prize 4 hours ago
Links: The value of Joel Edmundson at the Trade Deadline

Links: The value of Joel Edmundson at the Trade Deadline

Photo by Derek Cain/ In today’s links, the team talks about what Joel Edmundson brings to the table, the unsung role of Jake Evans, and Tage Thompson continues to take the league by storm. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Joel Edmundson should generate plenty of interest before the trade deadline. [Sportsnet] Jake Evans and the importance of doing the dirty work. [La Presse] “In a few years, this will be a league dominated by 18- to 24-year-olds,” says Jake Allen. [Montreal Gazette] Would a Jonathan Drouin trade solve the Minnesota Wild’s scoring woes? [Zone...
Eyes On The Prize Dec 8, 2022
Links: Johnathan Kovacevic doesn’t rattle easily

Links: Johnathan Kovacevic doesn’t rattle easily

Photo by Alika Jenner/ In today’s links, Kovacevic’s mental strength, Marie-Philip Poulin makes history, just call Edmundson Music Man, Stamkos joins the 1000-point club, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Johnathan Kovacevic is strong in the mental strength department and isn’t a guy who is easily rattled by mistakes. [Sportsnet] Marie-Philip Poulin has been named Canada’s top athlete of the year, making her the first women’s hockey player to take home the 2022 Northern Star Award. [CBC] Joel Edmundson has taken on the role of DJ in the...
Eyes On The Prize Dec 7, 2022
Adam Engström named to Sweden’s preliminary WJC squad

Adam Engström named to Sweden’s preliminary WJC squad

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via The Canadiens prospect is in a good position to make the team. Adam Engström has been named in the preliminary squad for Sweden’s World Junior Championship challenge. There will be cuts to Sweden’s squad before the final roster is handed in. However, Engström has taken quite a few leaps forward this season, from being thought of as a leader on Rögles U20 team to a top four deployment with Rögle’s SHL team. Engström has four (3+1) points in 21 games in SHL this season, and in the Champions Hockey League, Engström...
Eyes On The Prize Dec 7, 2022
Bottom Six Minutes: The Wright vs. Slafkovsky debate will take years to settle

Bottom Six Minutes: The Wright vs. Slafkovsky debate will take years to settle

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via There is little use in trying to settle the debate after one game, or one goal. While managing a paltry 16 shots on goal, the Montreal Canadiens scored four times to defeat the Seattle Kraken, and end their western road swing on a positive note. It was not the type of effort that will typically yield two points for the Habs, but it was at least interesting to see the Habs make the most of their scoring chances. It also provided the first opportunity to see Juraj Slafkovsky and Shane Wright come face-to-face since the NHL draft. It was...