Montreal Canadiens: The Kids Are Alright, And There Are More On The Way

MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 25: Joshua Roy #97 and teammate David Reinbacher #64 of the Montreal Canadiens speak during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre on September 25, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The New Jersey Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 25: Joshua Roy #97 and teammate David Reinbacher #64 of the Montreal Canadiens speak during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre on September 25, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The New Jersey Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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Nov 30, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Justin Barron. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 30, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Justin Barron. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports /

Lots of options coming on defense

Logan Mailloux and Jayden Struble have been mixing it up and honing their skills in the American Hockey League with the Laval Rocket. Both have played well despite their young age, with Struble getting the slight edge. I mean he has been playing in the NHL with the Canadiens, and he has looked calm and cool. Just don’t step on his toes, he has a mean streak.

David Reinbacher has been playing in the NL, and his team has struggled – their head coach was fired because of it. But he has played well, skating the puck with poise up the ice, and challenging forwards along the boards. He isn’t prone to making mistakes, but he has the vision and smarts to become a huge piece for the Habs.

Justin Barron and Kaiden Guhle were paired together recently, and because of Barron’s huge summer, he has been the perfect complement to Guhle. Guhle is a little more physical, but both skate so smoothly, and I believe they could both be power-play options. Thankfully, the Habs have both of them, their blend of size, speed and skill meshes together beautifully.

The Canadiens are brewing something nice, and the arrivals over the next few years will be a testament to that.

I won’t get too much into the draft, as December will give us plenty of Canadiens prospect content to unfold. And with that, there will be prospects for the 2024 Draft whose stocks rise and fall during the World Junior Hockey Championships. So in that interest, we won’t dive deep into the draft, but there will be more help added in June.

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