Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades – Montreal Canadiens

Alexander MacLean


Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Montreal Canadiens

For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


Gone Corey Perry, Cale Fleury, Charlie Lindgren, Eric Staal, Erik Gustafsson, Michael Frolik, Tomas Tatar, Phillip Danault, Charles Hudon, Shea Weber(?)

Incoming Mathieu Perreault, Mike Hoffman, David Savard, Chris Wideman, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Louie Belpedio, Cedric Paquette

Impact of changes – The Stanley cup finalists would usually be one of the first places fantasy managers would look for fantasy gems in the upcoming season, however, this Canadiens team is a little different. The team lost two of their top checking centres, one of their highest scoring wingers, and one of their top defencemen is likely going to miss the season due to injuries.

The team did bring in Hoffman on the wing to replace Tatar, and Savard on defence to replace Weber, but the centre-ice position is going to be filled in-house. What that means