Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Montreal Canadiens

Vlad Zorila

2022-08-22

For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. 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.

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GoneKale Clague, William Lagesson, Xavier Ouellet, Jeff Petry, Ryan Poehling, Alexander Romanov

IncomingMadison Bowey, Evgenii Dadonov, Kirby Dach, Mike Matheson, Sean Monahan, Juraj Slafkovsky

Impact Of Changes – Looking at Montreal's offseason moves, it's certainly a puzzling task to determine how these changes will impact their fantasy potential next season. Montreal was the worst team in the league last year and, while it's looking like such teams as the Coyotes or the Blackhawks should beat them to it this year, they're still predicted to end up in the bottom five. Indeed, as much as the HuGo management have emphasized that the Canadiens are going through an "accelerated rebuild" process, even they were mesmerized enough by the seemingly generational draft class of 2023 that they kept their squad quite weak for a second year in a row. Thus, from a fantasy standpoint, there shouldn't be many more expectations this year compared to the last.

What makes this puzzling is the large number of impactful roster moves made during the offseason. Moreover, not only can these moves intrinsically shock the Habs' fantasy potential, but they also cause a ripple effect, as they'll likely influence the production of many other n