Canadiens’ Player Report Cards: Play-In Series Against the Pittsburgh Penguins

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 07: Jake Guentzel #59 of the Pittsburgh Penguins congratulates Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens on the game and series win after Game Four of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 07, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 07: Jake Guentzel #59 of the Pittsburgh Penguins congratulates Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens on the game and series win after Game Four of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 07, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /
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MONTREAL, QC – FEBRUARY 25: Montreal Canadiens Carey Price (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – FEBRUARY 25: Montreal Canadiens Carey Price (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

. JORDAN WEAL. D+. Jordan Weal wasn’t nearly as bad as <a rel=.

. . ALEX BELZILE. B -. Alex Belzile is another one of those heartwarming playoff stories. Having bounced around the ECHL and the AHL for nine years, he has finally made the NHL. Belzile played just the one game but was quite noticeable since he was always amongst the hardest workers on the ice, getting to loose pucks through the sheer force of will. He strikes me as a very competent 4th liner. His work ethic was also the source of some actual offensive opportunities for the fourth line, which has been desperately needed.

A. <a rel=. . . PAUL BYRON

B+. To be clear, this is about as generous of a B+ as there is. Jonathan Drouin was outright bad for the first two games of the series. But ever since he notched that tip-in goal in game 3, the weight of the world has been lifted off his shoulders, and he has looked calm on the puck; and a calm Drouin is a dangerous weapon. He has been far more confident on the puck and has created far more in the offensive zone. He was more effective than Gallagher, and since Gally got a B, Drouin gets a B+. Had I given Gallagher a B-, Drou would be getting a B. As I mentioned previously, the chemistry of the Drouin-KK-Armia line has been apparent, and may very well be Montreal’s most dangerous offensive line against Philadelphia, and Drouin would be central to such a breakout in offensive production amongst the linemates.. . . JONATHAN DROUIN

TOMAS TATAR. C -. Last, and potentially least, comes <a rel=. .

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