Montreal Canadiens: Three Players Who Have Something To Prove in Final Weeks

Jan 1, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Jesse Ylonen. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Jesse Ylonen. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 3, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Rem Pitlick. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Rem Pitlick. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Rem Pitlick

Talk about a huge opportunity. Rem Pitlick was plucked off waivers earlier this season when the Minnesota Wild couldn’t find room for him in their lineup.

Now? He is playing on the Canadiens top line with Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield.

Pitlick has scored 21 points in 34 games this season with the Canadiens, including 16 points in 25 games since Martin St. Louis took over behind the Habs bench in February. He has gone from the scrap heap to an enviable role with the Canadiens due to his incredible linemates.

Can Pitlick prove capable of being a first line forward heading into next season? At the very least, can he prove to be a valuable middle six, scoring forward? He probably already has, but a strong finish to the season is going to cement his role on this team for next season.

Pitlick is a pending restricted free agent, and there is a lot of money already committed to wingers for next season. If Pitlick struggles to score over the final 12 games, the organization may think twice before signing him to a contract extension and using up even more cap space on wingers.

If he continues to play well and looks good alongside Suzuki and Caufield, he may just earn himself a prominent role on the team for next season.

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