We are about to wrap up our vote on what the Montreal Canadiens lineup will look like this season, as we just have to pick the fourth line. There are many options left and it is starting to look like a couple of good players are going to be on the outside looking in, but we are not quite there yet, so let’s take a look at who you picked as the Habs fourth line right winger.
Dale Weise was voted overwhelming as the best option to be the regular on the right side of the fourth line next season, and I have to agree it makes the most sense. With Weise taking 84% of the vote, the lineup now looks like:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
Bourque – Eller – Sekac
********* – ******** – Weise
Weise was picked up from the Vancouver Canucks last season in a deal that sent seldom used Raphael Diaz to the west coast. Weise is a speedy, smart winger who can contribute on a penalty kill, and plays a strong two way game from the bottom of the lineup.
Weise stepped up in the postseason playing on a line with veteran Daniel Briere, and scored the overtime winning goal in Game 1 of the opening round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, kickstarting a Habs playoff run to the Eastern Conference Final.
Weise contributed seven points in 16 playoff games from the bottom of the lineup before being injured by a John Moore headshot in Game 5 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final.
It may not seem like a big role, but having a fourth line that can play regularly can make a team very difficult to play against. A team that has the depth to roll four lines can get the right players on the ice in the right situations, and leads to more players being successful.
Weise is the first part of what will be a very successful fourth line for the Montreal Canadiens, who will be able to play against tough competition next season.