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Canadiens Season Finally Over

The Montreal Canadiens just finished the season with the 7th worst record in the NEFHL and will have the 8th spot in the lottery due to Vegas joining the league. This was the worst season in franchise history, but that was expected with the rebuilding plan set in motion last off season. The season was not a total lose though, as many players had good seasons in their leagues.
Antti Raanta established himself as a #1 goalie in the NHL once he got healthy. He ended the season with a 2.24 GAA and a .930 save %. Those stats will give him somewhere around an 83-84 rating and a big increase in salary. He should be the goalie of the future in Montreal and still around 31-32 when the team starts hitting its peak again.
The defense was led by Dustin Byfuglien once again, but rumors are he is on the trade block with one team already interested in his services. If he is dealt, Brett Pesce will be the leader of this core for years to come. Already playing top minutes in Carolina and on a 25-30 point pace in the NHL, Pesce will continue to get better and serve as the #2 to whover ends up being the offensive dman that replaces Byfuglien one day.
The only young NHL forward to take any step forward this year was Radek Faksa. Tasked with shutting down other teams top C, Faksa should see an increase in his DF this year and was still able to put up almost 35 points. He should eventually be a 2nd line C in the NEFHL.
Prospect wise, many players had good years but the top 3 would have to be last years trio of 1st round NHL picks. Michael Rasmussen had a good season the WHL and has kicked it up a notch in the playoffs averaging 3 points a game. Klim Kostin went right to the AHL and held his own as an 18 year old. He put up 27 points and 70 PIMS in 64 games and got better as the season went along. Both of these kids have a shot at cracking an NHL roster next season. the third 1st rounder from lats year is Henri Jokiharju who was a ppg player in the WHL and ended the season as a +47.
The club will still need more players to take a step forward next year as they look to start competing in the 19/20 season. With 5 picks in the first 70 NHL picks this year, and a lot of players from the past two drafts, we feel like that is stil a ppossibilty.