Montreal Canadiens likely to wait until 2019 for burst of youth

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: The Montreal Canadians draft Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the first round of the 2018 NHL draft on June 22, 2018 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: The Montreal Canadians draft Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the first round of the 2018 NHL draft on June 22, 2018 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Montreal Canadiens
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 02: Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Defence Locks

Karl Alzner

Victor Mete

Jeff Petry

Shea Weber *IR*

Competing for spots

Jordie Benn

Simon Despres

Noah Juulsen

Brett Lernout

Xavier Ouellet

Mike Rielly

David Schlemko

Rinat Valiev

Young and promising, but not quite NHL ready

Josh Brook

Cale Fleury

Weber being out until mid-December puts an interesting spin on the back-end for the Montreal Canadiens. Karl Alzner is strapped into a roster spot after signing a five-year deal with Montreal last summer. It was a season that ultimately trended downward’s for the veteran stay at home defenceman, and thus it will be interesting to see if he’s able to have a bounce-back season in just year two of his deal.

I can’t see any scenario where Alzner is traded by the Canadiens, but then again, the Leafs found a loophole with David Clarkson. Sometimes, having rich ownership helps.

Victor Mete made his presence felt on the Canadiens defence last season before his injury. Mete provides hope for a Montreal blue line that lacks mobility and speed. If Mete is able to add some muscle, he will be a staple in the clubs top-four for the next decade.

Jeff Petry quietly put together what some are saying was the best season of his career last year. The veteran put up a career-high 42 points and will continue to be one of the best trades that Bergevin has made in his tenure as Habs general manager.