It is time for the final forward vote on who will be in the Montreal Canadiens regular lineup this season. So far we have identified all but the fourth line left winger, and with three NHL veterans left looking for a spot, two of them will be on the outside when the vote is over.
Our current lineup looks like this:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
Bourque – Eller – Sekac
******* – Malhotra – Weise
Versatile rookie Michael Bournival made a name for himself last season when he surprisingly cracked the Montreal Canadiens roster coming out of training camp. His speed and smarts made him a valuable member of the Habs lineup through the season, and he was even given some shorthanded ice time.
He is just 22 years old, and is still looking to firmly grab a full time roster spot with the Habs. Can the excellent skater do it this season?
Standing in the way of the young speedster is veteran grinder Brandon Prust. Prust still has two years remaining on his contract that will pay him 2.5 million each season. He is a trusted member of the Canadiens penalty kill, and with Brian Gionta moving on this offseason, Prust may have the inside track on the first shorthanded unit with Tomas Plekanec.
He is also the team’s resident tough guy with George Parros not being resigned this summer. He is a solid two way player who struggled with injuries last season and will be looking to have a comeback season.
Can Prust stay healthy and bounce back to lock down a permanent roster spot?
The third contender for the final roster spot is veteran Travis Moen. He is a physical winger who can be counted on to play well in his own end and can also help out on the penalty kill.
Moen has been a regular contributor to the Habs for the past five seasons, and his experience is a valuable commodity to the team. Moen is the only player on the Habs roster to have won a Stanley Cup in the past, which he did as a member of the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
His best days are behind him, but is Moen still a regular member of the Habs lineup?
Cast your vote, as we wrap up the forward vote before moving to the blue line and predicting who will be on the Habs blue line next season and what the pairings will look like.
Who Will Be The Montreal Canadiens Fourth Line Left Winger Next Season?
- Brandon Prust (64%, 190 Votes)
- Michael Bournival (33%, 99 Votes)
- Travis Moen (3%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 296