Analyst Reveals the True Pressing Need for the Canadiens

Published December 3, 2023 at 9:45

We all know that the Montreal Canadiens are in a rebuilding phase. The goal of this rebuilding, as with all teams, is to win the Stanley Cup.

This is even truer in Montreal, where the team's winning tradition constantly reminds us that we've been waiting for another cup for over 30 years. To achieve this, the management needs to put the right pieces and complements in place.

However, what's common among all recent championship teams is that they all had "elite" players. Do the Montreal Canadiens have such an "elite" player in their ranks?

During Tony Marinaro's appearance on *Laraques et Gonzalez* on BPM Sports, he was categorical.

"The Canadiens don't have any elite players right now. They have no 'Slam Dunk' on the team. – Tony Marinaro"

He particularly mentions Nick Suzuki, who, according to him, needs to reach the 80-point mark per season to be considered an elite player. George Laraques, on the other hand, names Cole Caufield as an elite player. But again, nothing convinces Marinaro, who points out that until Caufield hits the 40-goal mark per season, he cannot be considered as such.

"He needs to be a 40-goal scorer. 40 goals, he's elite. – Tony Marinaro"

I must admit I quite agree with Marinaro. In my opinion, Caufield is the one with the most chance of becoming that sought-after elite player. For now, I also don't see in the current lineup, in Laval, or even in the CH's prospect pool, a player with the potential to become a star. We hear some names, like Roy in Laval, but it's far from certain that he'll become an NHL superstar.

Is the next big star for the Canadiens in the upcoming drafts? Will they need to acquire one through a trade, or will there be a surprise development of one of their prospects?

One thing seems sure: as long as we don't have that star player in the lineup of our glorious team, we'll probably have to wait even longer before lifting the Stanley Cup again and having a parade like our Alouettes gave us this year.

December 3   |   167 answers
Analyst Reveals the True Pressing Need for the Canadiens

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