Montreal Canadiens: Predicting The Laval Rocket Top Powerplay Unit

MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 29: Logan Mailloux #94 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during warm-ups of a pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre on September 29, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 29: Logan Mailloux #94 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during warm-ups of a pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre on September 29, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
2 of 4
Next
Sep 25, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Logan Mailloux. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Logan Mailloux. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

Power Play Quarterback

There are two options, in my opinion for this top role, and I think that one projects to be a likely option, especially considering what he showed in junior, and throughout Canadiens training camp.

The other has more NHL experience but looks as though he needs a little bit more work, perhaps on the Rocket’s second powerplay unit. One has the natural offensive skill and talent, while the other needs to grow, which is exactly what he will be able to do this season.

The two players in question are Logan Mailloux and Justin Barron, and with these two defenders, it’s pretty clear that Mailloux has the offensive poise, the big shot and the strong three-way mobility.

He can walk the line, scan for open linemates and shuffle from side to side, and he has a hard accurate pass, which will endear him to his special teams brigade. Perhaps the most intriguing aspects of his game, are his shot and great puck skills and he pairs both together to keep defenders and goaltenders guessing at all times.

Barron seems to rush things and often looks uncomfortable as the last line of defence, which could be a focus for him to work on this season. The second powerplay will be a great area for Barron to develop and work on his skills, and he could benefit from having William Trudeau running things with him from the blue line.

The pure skill leans towards Mailloux, but Barron, if given the patience from the power play coach could develop into another nice option to help push the offence.