May 12, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta (21) misses a a chance to score a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period in the game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Who Will Be The Montreal Canadiens Third Line Right Winger?

We are about to round out the top six in our prediction for what the Montreal Canadiens lineup will be this season, with just the second line left winger yet to be revealed.

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This morning we will get a jumpstart on the third line vote, starting with probably the most wide open spot in the lineup, the right winger.

Last season it was a regular rotation of players, most of them did not fit well with Lars Eller who centered the line all year. Towards the end of the season, after the Canadiens traded for Thomas Vanek, Brian Gionta was bumped down to the third line right wing slot.

However, Gionta is gone now and the Canadiens need to find a new captain, as well as a new winger on Eller’s line. So, who is it going to be?

Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Nikita Scherbak puts on a team sweater after being selected as the number twenty-six overall pick to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sven Andrighetto was the top scorer on a weak Hamilton Bulldogs team last season, but he has electric speed and is a very skilled player. He adjusted quickly to the pro game as a rookie with the Bulldogs this past season, and could find himself a rookie once again next year.

Jacob de la Rose is a highly touted prospect who is making his way to North America this fall from his native Sweden. He was a second round pick by the Habs, and has really impressed, especially at the most recent World Junior Hockey Championship.

De la Rose is a strong two way player who can play all three forward positions and appears to be a perfect fit as a third line player or even second line winger down the road. Is he ready for the third line already?

The Habs first round pick Nikita Scherbak is blessed with incredible offensive skills. He took the WHL by storm as a rookie from Russia just last season, leading the league in points by a first year player. He was selected by the Habs with the 26th pick, and could probably use more seasoning before making his pro debut. However, with a top nine spot wide open, can he sneak in and take it?

Another option is Eurpoean free agent Jiri Sekac. Unlike Scherbak, not only was Sekac not a first round pick, but he was not drafted at all. However, also unlike Scherbak, Sekac is 22 years old and has lots of experience playing against men in the Czech Republic.

Cast your vote below, and let us know who think should be on the Habs roster this season.

Who Will Be The Montreal Canadiens Third Line Center Right Winger This Season?

  • Jiri Sekac (92%, 326 Votes)
  • Sven Andrighetto (6%, 20 Votes)
  • Jacob de la Rose (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Nikita Scherbak (0%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 356

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