Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2018: Montreal Canadiens




Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Montreal Canadiens


For the last 15 years (12 with The Hockey News, last year’s via pinch-hitter Cam Robinson) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 16th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.



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GoneAdam Cracknell, Daniel Carr, Chris Terry, Alex Galchenyuk, Ales Hemsky, Logan Shaw, Kerby Rychel


IncomingMichael Chaput, Kenny Agostino, Matthew Peca, Xavier Ouellet, Tomas Plekanec, Joel Armia, Max Domi, Michal Moravcik, David Sklenicka, Hunter Shinkaruk


Impact of changes – The main move was the Galchenyuk for Domi swap in which both former highly-touted high draft picks get a chance at a fresh start. No matter what angle I try to look at this, I can’t look at it as an upgrade for Montreal. So Habs fans will need to hope for chemistry. Maybe Domi can hit it off on a line with Jonathan Drouin?

Joel Armia is a fine upgrade on Daniel Carr, but he’s not a game breaker who can turn the team’s fortunes around.


Ready for full-time – Defenseman Victor Mete is pretty much a lock to make the team, but not 100 percent. The team desperately needs him, but he’s not ready – and last season didn’t emphasize that – then this time he’s eligible to play in the AHL. Either way, he doesn’t look ready to help any fantasy squads just yet.

Goaltender Charlie Lindgren is on a one-way deal, but then again so is Antti Niemi. You can’t have two backups and Lindgren can be sent down without having to clear waivers. But he gets paid an NHL salary either way, and he’s