It is the final day of August, and we will now finish off our vote to predict who will be in the Montreal Canadiens opening night lineup on October 8th when the Habs face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs to open the 2014-15 season.
We will unveil the final skater to make the roster, which was down to the trio of Alexei Emelin, Mike Weaver and Greg Pateryn, as well as open the final poll that will choose who is going to be the Canadiens backup goaltender next season.
The winner of the final roster spot, with 39 percent of the vote was Mike Weaver. Pateryn came in next with 31 percent of the votes and Alexei Emelin missed out on a roster spot with 30 percent.
Our final roster that we voted in now looks like this:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
Bourque – Eller – Sekac
Prust – Malhotra – Weise
Markov – Subban
Tinordi – Gilbert
Beaulieu – Weaver
Weaver was picked up at the trade deadline last season from the Florida Panthers and proved his worth as an excellent penalty killer while playing a limited even strength role on the third defence pairing.
He signed a one year contract worth 1.75 million dollars for the upcoming season. He is a steady veteran presence that would make a good partner for a young blue liner like Nathan Beaulieu.
Beaulieu is a rushing defenceman who skates extremely well and likes to jump into the rush. Weaver would be a perfect complement as he is a stay at home type defender who would act as a safety net for the younger offensive defenceman.
The only surprise here is that Emelin was not voted into a roster spot. The physical defender struggled last season after returning from reconstructive knee surgery, but I think he will be able to play his way back into the top six this season.