May 27, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk (27) scores a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period in game five of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Who Will Be The Montreal Canadiens Second Line Left Winger?

We have already picked a top line and a second line center in our ballot to choose the Montreal Canadiens lineup for next season, and now we open the poll to who will play on Plekanec’s left wing on the second line. The poll remains open until tonight on who is going to play the right side, but it looks like Brendan Gallagher has that position wrapped up.

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There are a few options to play on Plekanec’s wing, but the one who makes the most sense is the player who was there last season, Alex Galchenyuk. The former third overall selection is entering his third NHL season and is still looking to really break through offensively.

Galchenyuk had a solid rookie season, mostly playing alongside Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher, when he scored 27 points in 48 games. He followed that up with 31 points in 65 games last season, but has shown flashes of the offensive brilliance that had him drafted so early in 2012. He has already shown he can handle a top six role, and it wouldn’t make much sense to move him down the lineup now.

 

May 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Montreal Canadiens left wing Rene Bourque (17) during the second period in game six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Rene Bourque has had a mostly underwhelming career with the Canadiens thus far. However, he finally broke out and scored eight goals in the playoffs this spring, showing signs of being a big, physical, power forward like he was supposed to be when he was acquired for Mike Cammalleri.

Bourque has played on a line with Plekanec for much of the past two seasons, but moved down the lineup while struggling throughout last season. After his scoring tear in the postseason, does it make sense to reunite him with Plekanec?

Not much was expected of Michael Bournival when he arrived at Montreal’s training camp last fall, but he played so well during the pre-season that he earned a spot in the lineup. He didn’t score much, but while on a line with Plekanec early in the season, Bournival scored seven points in a seven game stretch.

Does moving Bournival up to a line with Plekanec spread out the Canadiens lineup and make them a better team?

Another option to play on a line with Plekanec and likely Gallagher, is to make it a shutdown line by adding a hopefully fully healthy Brandon Prust. Signed for two more years at 2.5 million dollars, Prust greatly overachieved in his first season with the Habs, but struggled last season, his second in Montreal, mostly due to injuries.

Prust played very well when on a line with Eller and Gallagher or Galchenyuk two seasons ago and is a physical winger who knows how to take care of things in his own end. Could he fit on a line with Plekanec and Gallagher?

Cast your vote below and let us know in the comments section who you think is the best fit as the second line left winger!

Who Will Be The Montreal Canadiens Second Line Left Winger Next Season?

  • Alex Galchenyuk (82%, 262 Votes)
  • Rene Bourque (10%, 31 Votes)
  • Michael Bournival (8%, 25 Votes)
  • Brandon Prust (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 320

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