One pending free agent the Canadiens can steal from their Atlantic Division rivals

The Montreal Canadiens could have some holes to fill in their lineup next season, so there is a chance they add a few players from the outside.

Oct 11, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Max Domi (11) battles for  the puck
Oct 11, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Max Domi (11) battles for the puck / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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Eric Robinson, Forward/Buffalo Sabres

While none of the names are particularly flashy here, there will be a common theme that began in the first slide: Do not underestimate these players, especially Eric Robinson. While it’s true he couldn’t find a spot on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Robinson arrived in Buffalo via a trade and has since never looked back. 

He’s played so well with the Sabres, there is a chance general manager Kevyn Adams re-signs him, especially now that Kyle Okposo is gone. But if Robinson tests the market, he’s another player in this year’s free agency class who would be a great fit on the Canadiens lower lines. 

He won’t score much, judging from his nine points in 37 games with the Sabres, he doesn’t get in front of many shots on goal, and he doesn’t even really get a stick on the puck. But Robinson is so good at positioning himself near the net to draw attention his way, and he’s also sensational at building chemistry with others on the lower lines. 

At 5-on-5, he’s been on the ice for 13 goals for and 14 goals against, while his on-ice save percentage is a sound 92.3. He also has a Corsi For of 52.0 percent this season, further showing he is an under-the-radar lower-liner capable of making things happen.