Your votes for who will be the Montreal Canadiens third line right winger have been tabulated, and somewhat surprisingly, Jiri Sekac was an overwhelming victor. It is not that he won, but how many of the votes went the way of Sekac that really surprised me in this vote.
The free agent signing from the Czech Republic, who is yet to play a game in the National Hockey League, received 325 of 356 votes, which is 92%. Sven Andrightetto received the second most votes, but was only picked by 5% of you, while Nikita Scherbak and Jacob de la Rose split the remaining 3%.
The Habs lineup that we have voted for now looks like:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
*********** - Eller - Sekac
*********** – ********** – *********
Sekac was an undrafted free agent out of the Czech Republic this summer, but was highly sought after before signing a maximum entry level contract for the next two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.
Sekac played for Lev Praha in the KHL last season where he scored 28 points in 47 games. He also suited up for the Czech Republic at the World Championships, scoring just two goals and no assists in ten contests.
I think it is extremely difficult to predict where Sekac will fit into the Habs lineup, and how he will be able to adjust to the North American game. Can he step in and handle a top nine role right away, or will he need to be sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs for some seasoning first?
Hopefully Sekac can be a solid contributor to the Canadiens this season, and I agree that he should be given a shot to prove himself at the NHL level right away. A third line role with a sold two way player like Lars Eller could be good for a young player trying to adjust to the best league in the world.
Thanks for voting, and check back tomorrow morning when we will open the polls to find out who will join Eller and Sekac on the third line. Does Rene Bourque keep the job or does Michael Bournival deserve an increased role on the team?