Every team has a most valuable player, and the Canadiens are no different. For many years, Carey Price held that distinction, perhaps even in years where he was unavailable to play (cough* 2015-2016 *cough). But with Carey Price now unofficially retired, someone else has needed to take on that distinction.
Last season, it felt as though Nick Suzuki was the obvious choice. For one, he was the only player to play in all 82 games, with many key players failing to reach even 50 games played. He also led the team in points with 66 and was tied for the team lead in goals with 26. He did all this while wearing the “C” on his jersey for the first time, which only added more pressure.
This season, the hope is the Canadiens can remain healthy and make this a question much tougher to answer. When healthy, that should be the case, as the Canadiens have talent up and down the roster beyond Suzuki. But as the last two seasons have shown, health is far from guaranteed.
The Canadiens took steps to make players health more of a priority this offseason to ensure they can remain on the ice. So, with that in mind, let’s look at some possible choices for team MVP for the 2023-24 season.