Habs vs. Senators preview: Playoff hopes dashed for both teams

Canadiens vs. Senators

Canadian Tire Centre, Saturday, 7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports, TSN Radio 690

PAT HICKEY
MONTREAL GAZETTE

The matchup: A win over the Senators would move the Canadiens ahead of Ottawa in the Eastern Conference standings. That might have been an encouraging development a month ago when these teams harboured hopes of making the playoffs, but every win between now and April 9 means these teams face longer odds in the Auston Matthews draft sweepstakes. To their credit, the Canadiens haven’t shown any signs of tanking, but it’s safe to say they are no longer talking about the playoffs. The Senators go into this game seven points behind eighth-place Detroit after losing in Buffalo Friday night, while the Canadiens are nine points back. Ben Scrivens will start in goal for the Canadiens against the Senators, while Mike Condon will get the call Sunday when the Calgary Flames visit the Bell Centre (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

 

Questions to answer as the season winds down: Will Alex Galchenyuk reach the 30-goal mark? He has set career highs for goals (26) and points (48) and the question of what position he plays seems to be settled with him at centre on the No. 1 line between Max Pacioretty and Sven Andrighetto. Is Mike McCarron in the NHL to stay? Stefan Matteau has the size the Canadiens are looking for, but is he willing to use it? Will Carey Price play a game before the season ends? Fighting may be passé, but is there room for Mike Brown’s toughness next season? Will the Canadiens have the chutzpah to follow the lead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have announced an increase in ticket prices for next season?

 

Karlsson leads the way one way: There’s an ongoing debate over whether the Senators’ Erik Karlsson deserves a third Norris Trophy. He’s fun to watch and is by far the most productive defenceman in the NHL with 13 goals and a league-leading 60 assists. But Karlsson is also a minus-3, he quarterbacks a power play that ranks 27th in the NHL and the Senators rank 27th in defence. Mike Hoffman leads what can be an explosive Senators offence with 26 goals, while Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan have 22 each and Zack Smith has 21.

 

Injury list grows: Defenceman Mark Barberio is the latest casualty for the Canadiens. He suffered a concussion during Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win in Buffalo. P.K. Subban (neck) is not in Ottawa and won’t play Sunday against Calgary at the Bell Centre. Price (knee) and David Desharnais (broken foot) continue to skate, but there’s no word on when they will resume practising with the team. Brendan Gallagher is out at least another week with a lower-body injury. Defencemen Tom Gilbert (knee) and Jeff Petry (sports hernia) are finished for the season following surgery. The Canadiens are also missing Daniel Carr and Brian Flynn with lower-body injuries. They both skated after practice in Brossard Friday while wearing track suits. 

 

Looking ahead: The Canadiens are back home Sunday to play the Flames (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and will face the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

 

• Subban still sidelined for Habs, nhl.com

• Game Notes

• Smith-Pelly makes Habs look bad — again, by Stu Cowan

• Is Curse of the Fork behind Habs’ demise? by Pat Hickey

• Senators only playing for pride, by Ottawa Citizen

• Senators outplayed by youthful Sabres, Ottawa Sun

• Karlsson should win Norris Trophy, Ottawa Sun

91 Comments

  1. Habs62 says:

    Just wondering would everyone be crushed if we picked a defensemen in the first round ? I know I would be.

    Go sens go.
    Just messing Mavid

    • 3 points for a win says:

      I would prefer a top 6 forward

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      The game is tied with 5 minutes left in regulation. 3 points for a win. Now THAT will be hockey!

  2. Mister Wrong says:

    Julien Gauthier, Michael McLeod, or Jake Bean?

    Asking for opinions because I haven’t seen any of them.

    “Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.”
    ― Karl Lagerfeld

    • Timo says:

      David Desharnais.

    • PK says:

      Lose 10 plus games and we still may be talking about Dubois or Tkachuk (but not the two Finns).

      Go Sens Go
      (and I say this only for the greater good, holding my nose).

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      “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

      – Nostradamus, 1552

      • Mavid says:

        what???? you should be ashamed of your fur..there is no reason good enough to have you speak those words..even if you hold your nose

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        Weed Wacker -and now Flamethrower Grandma Smurf

        • PK says:

          🙂

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          “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

          – Nostradamus, 1552

    • on2ndthought says:

      McLeod or Gauthier, I prefer the former, more of a complete package; but Gauthier is NHL ready and is big, fast and can score. Imagine in two years our RW depth looking like Scherbak, Gauthier, Gally…

      If they are both gone when we pick, Bean is a nice consolation, but he doesn’t fill an organizational need, so Riley Tuft or Max Jones may become desirable.

  3. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Phil C, can you speak French?

    How much notice does your employer require?

  4. habs001 says:

    Friend of my got free tickets to Leafs vs Tampa game …I decided to go since it was free…lol…price on the ticket was $166(18th row corner seat)….Now i understand that this is the best league in the world and the players are well paid and the ticket price is what it is…But their concession prices at the ACC are a joke…regular chocolate bar 4.00…Water 5.50…toasted cheese sandwich 12.50..roast beef bun 19.50….shriveled hot dog on a cheap wonder bread bun 7.00…beer from 13.00 to 18.25…i dont mind paying for quality but to charge these prices for standard items is a pure rip off….to be honest people where buying it up….

    • Bergevin's Foxhole says:

      Get your government to stop subsidizing corporate seats.

    • Strummer says:

      Eating or drinking at any MLSE venue is an expensive proposition no doubt.

      How do these prices compare though to other rinks for NHL games?

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      I believe in the power of people uniting and putting an end to such ripoffs. We can do it, all it takes is commitment to boycott a couple of games and tell these filthy millionaires that we’ve had enough of this crap.

      Easier said than done. That’s why it will never happen.

    • Mavid says:

      I think they are all pretty bad..I try to eat before the game and maybe buy one drink, usually water..and thats it..if you keep buying it, they will keep charging it..crappy food or not..I go to plenty of games and there is no shortage of people eating and drinking piles of the stuff..I don’t know how people can afford to have even a few beers at that price..

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      Weed Wacker -and now Flamethrower Grandma Smurf

  5. habs001 says:

    Last year MaxPac,Galchenyuk,Plecks,Gallagher and PK combined to score 122 goals…this is not too bad….yet overall the team struggled to score….This is why the Habs have to add a major impact scorer otherwise they are back to winning 2-1, 3-2 most games if Price is healthy…

  6. zephyr says:

    I thought brown played really well in buffalo. He even had a few scoring chances & showed good speed, grit & hustle. The Habs can use that & sure arent getting it from matteau. Mt was right about buffalo gooning ag. That whole sabres team was dirty all night. The refs enable that crap when they’re blind.
    Great to see mac standing up for eller. We needed more guys in there getting dirty so a few aren’t outnumbered. Btw, the guy pinning eller should have gotten the misconduct. Lehner asked for it. if he pokes his nose in, he should expect his nose to get poked.
    I expect more of the same from Ottawa 2nite.

  7. StevieM61 says:

    I will be at the game tonight.
    Hopefully its not a snoozefest.

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  8. The Gumper says:

    Here’s hoping we get zero points out of this weekend’s games.
    Thankfully, I don’t live in Turdville or Calgary so, not much downside for me…

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Gudas has become an offensive dynamo for the Flyers.

  10. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I was not crazy about DSP’s tenure with the Habs but if his scoring makes MT look bad than I am all for it. Keep scoring Devante! Hopefully this puts the nail in MT’s coffin.

  11. twilighthours says:

    Whitey getting PP time. Not too sure about that call.

    Letang is so good.

  12. habberwocky says:

    At the risk of sounding like Bernie Sanders……

    once again both local tv stations are broadcasting the Leafs game tonight.

    So if we want to enjoy a habs game on Saturday night, the way my father did for decades on end, we now have to give even more money to the millionaires and billionaires. That the league and Rogers is squeezing the nickel ’til the beaver poops, for me, does more to deter the following of my team than any losing streak.

    Makes me think of the time a few years ago, when I had my father in Montreal, at the age of 78, him being a habs faithful for so many years, having only missed one televised game in his life the first Saturday after he got run over by a bulldozer, we were at the Bell Center and Jeoff Molsen had him pay six dollars for a glass of water.

    At some point this avarice has to backfire and result in a loss of interest in the game, decreased revenues, salary cap disputes, another lockout…

    The hockey gods by now are watching the WNHL.

  13. twilighthours says:

    This PHi PIT game is boring. No energy yet.

  14. Habs62 says:

    My Guess is Barberio

    • Slack says:

      Nailed it.

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      “Each of these lives is the right one. Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning.”

  15. Phil C says:

    @UCP

    To respond to your question about my opinion of system differences for Smith-Pelly’s recent success. First of all, I think we can agree that Smith-Pelly is not going to score 60 goals in a season, it’s a given that this recent streak is not sustainable, but it does look like he could score more than 20 in a season pretty easily.

    1. Carrying the puck across the blueline vs carrying it in.

    In the video below, facing a 3 on 3 situation, Therrien’s system expects the forward to get the puck deep. He doesn’t like fancy plays at the blueline. However, in this goal below, maintaining possession and picking up the trailer was one of the keys to success. You could argue that Therrien’s system is safer, but there is no question maintaining possession is better for offense and the fact that the Habs are encouraged not to do it is part of the reason why they area low scoring team.
    https://www.nhl.com/video/smith-pelly-opens-scoring/t-279305286/c-42642903

    2. Poor net drive/Perimeter play. You have heard announcers and HIO posters complain about this for years, that the Habs don’t have enough net presence. We recently heard Nilan lose his mind after watching a practice and after 13 3-on-2’s, and no one went to the net and no one scored, not even once. Nilan couldn’t believe it. This is a huuuuuuge deficiency in the Habs that the coach doesn’t correct , a fundamental flaw of good offensive hockey (one of the first things you teach novice players) and an example of why I think Therrien has an offensive blindspot. This may also be tied to point 1, in that forwards are focusing on puck retrieval instead of net drive because they dump it in so much. In the video above, once the Devils forward carrys it in, Smith-Pelly goes straight to the net, and is eventually rewarded. His coach has been quoted as knowing this is how Smith-Pelly had success in the AHL, and encouraged it with the Devils.

    Here’s another example where a good net drive from Gionta helped Smith-Pelly score. Smith-Pelly also didn’t dump it in which made the net drive valuable.

    https://www.nhl.com/video/smith-pelly-opens-the-scoring/t-279175734/c-42437403

    When people complain about perimeter play, it’s because they don’t do this enough.

    3. Cycling the Puck.

    In Jonathon Quick’s excellent article on elite snipers, he talked about how good Getzlaf and Perry are at cycling the puck, making him go post to post, and wear him down and threaten the net, while other teams don’t do it as well. Quick said:

    “Some teams might have a lot of puck possession in your zone, but they’re really not in threatening positions. They might be cycling the puck around on the perimeter and throwing some stuff on net, but that’s pretty easy to deal with. With Getzlaf and Perry, it feels like every second of their in-zone time is threatening.”

    The Habs don’t cycle in a threatening way like the Getzlaf and Perry. Part of the reason may be that Therrien doesn’t like 3 forwards deep, so the third forward stays high and doesn’t threaten. They also don’t seem to cycle anyone into scoring positions either. The Bruins are another example of a team who cycle in threatening ways.

    In this goal by Smith-Pelly, all 3 forwards are below the goal line cycling the puck at the 4 sec mark of the video, which would be a no-no for Therrien hockey, but it led to a goal because the forwards were thinking offense and reading the play. Is Therrien wrong? Debatable, but they could at least cycle players into scoring positions more often.

    https://www.nhl.com/video/smith-pellys-second-of-the-game/t-279305286/c-42645703

    Smith-Pelly has had success in his career driving the net , which was not as effective in a dump and chase system. He also didn’t have the system or linemates to cycle well. IMO, the only line the Habs had in recent memory that cycled it well were Eller-Sekac-Prust. The dump and chase system favours speedy players who can close the gap quickly and gain possession, which Smith-Pelly was less suited to. So in this sense, the Habs system did not leverage his skill, while it exposed his weaknesses, so it’s not really that surprising it didn’t work out. Burly also made a good point about him playing hurt, which would further exacerbate his weaknesses. He was a round peg Therrien was shoving into a square hole. However if this Matteau kid works out, it won’t matter. At least the Has still have an asset in play.

    • PK says:

      Thanks for the thoughtful post.
      A different coach needed for the Habs?

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      “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

      – Nostradamus, 1552

      • Phil C says:

        No coach is perfect. I thought at one time if the Habs could bring in a complementary coach to help with the offense, it could work with Therrien because he brings other good things to the table. But he doesn’t show a lot of flexibility in how he thinks the game should be played, so now I think he needs to go, that another voice would not change him. The fact that he stubbornly stuck with his system in the slump when it wasn’t working was telling.

        • twilighthours says:

          I want the next Habs coach to be the best Xs and Os guy out there. I want him/her to understand systems like nobody’s busines. I want 8 different breakouts. I want plays designed to gain the line with possession. I want half-court basketball-style plays in the offensive zone.

          • Phil C says:

            I agree. To me this should be part of Habs culture, to play the game with flair and finesse. You should be able to bring your kids to the mecca of hockey and show them how the game is supposed to be played. Instead, I have my 11 year old daughter who just started watching the game yelling “why is there no one in front of the net? Hello!” The play-it-safe chip-and-chase does not fit with what I think the Habs identity should be.

          • boing007 says:

            Phil C: Your daughter should coach an NHL team one day.

            Richard R

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I think Ramsay was brought in by Mgmt., I think he had some influence early coming out of training camp. Everyone (I mean MT and other coaches along with mgmt) were getting along with upbeat attitudes towards a new season.

          Season starts incredible, but MT can’t leave it alone and starts tinkering with lineup. Injuries occur, but team is somewhat compensating. Then all heck breaks loose with Price going away a 2nd time, Gallagher goes down and all coaching reverts back to what we had seen in prior seasons.

          To me, when stressed or however to describe it, MT goes back to the one simple game plan. It seems to be his go to.

    • Slack says:

      Heck of a post, Phil.

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      “Each of these lives is the right one. Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning.”

    • frontenac1 says:

      So, sounds like Marc did a good job getting Devo but MT ws a putz in how he used him? One more reason to fire his arse out of town.

    • twilighthours says:

      Really nice post, Phil.

      Specific to the Bruins cycling…. they often use their third forward to drift high and into the middle of the ice, and then send the weak-side defenseman down to go back door. This all happens on the cycle. It’s effective.

      We’ve never seen anything like that from Therrien.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Phil you articulated so much of what I wanted to say to UCp in relation to DSP. I’m not crazily missing DSP, as under our present gameplan he was never going to have much success. However, I still wonder how a more rugged and one dimensional Matteau is going to be successful under our present gameplan also.

    • on2ndthought says:

      nice work, thanks!

  16. Habs62 says:

    We need Montreal to lose today. If they did there would be a good chance of Buffalo passing us

  17. Slack says:

    Quick! Without looking, which Canadiens defenseman leads the defens corps in corsi percentage relative to his teammates?

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    “Each of these lives is the right one. Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning.”

  18. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Mattyleg, Rugger, et al.

    Ireland vs Scotland kicks off in 5 minutes in Dublin

    England have already won the 6 Nations, so these two are playing for pride — which they always do and then some.

    Non-rugby guys might like to check it out, too.

    Cheers

  19. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I can only imagine the uproar if DSP had have been given top six minutes on our club. But good for him and what to make of MT and MB’s personnel assessments?

    When everyone’s thinking the same … it’s likely no one’s thinking at all.

    • Slack says:

      Many a leopard has changed his spots overnight in regards to DSP. He went from being a spoiled, fat, and stupid party animal to high end talent that was wasted ny our pig-headed coach. We don’t even hear about Stone Cold Jiri Sekac anymore.

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      “Each of these lives is the right one. Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning.”

  20. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I just have a feeling the Habs are going to deal their 1st round pick to get some help now. They have to do something in the next two years before Price makes 11 miilion or is gone.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Does this mean you don’t reckon any of the top 10 draft guys are NHL-ready? Or would be within Price’s window?

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        It doesn’t look like after the top 3 any would be ready. Since Dubois will likely not be there for the Habs, they might as well see what they can get for the pick.

  21. BKAK72 says:

    Tickets to a HABS home game are not priced for the overwhelming fan demographic. Remember, the average income in Canada is $40K while <5% earn a before tax income at/near $100K. That means for a city of 3 million you're looking at about 150 000 who can "afford" the lower bowl.

    The Canadiens have taken a page out of TMLSE business model: build condos / commercial towers at the footprint of your arena. Thumb your nose to the fan(atic) who paid $500 for a family brick, price tickets for corporate entity which can apply archaic tax loop holes to discount access (entertainment expense write off)….AND…be a disgrace on the ice while parading the greats of the game who earn minimum pension!!!

    Can't wait for the Nordiques. This may actually draw Quebecois fan base and force the hands of Mr. Molson to work on Les Canadiens.

  22. Habs1962 says:

    Going to the game tonight, The battle for 12th place! looking forward to seeing some of the new guys live. Seems to be room for a couple of them for next year.
    Been hoping for one goal losses the past month or so to help with the draft pick… But tonight … LOOKING FOR A WIN VS. THE HATED SENATURDS!! GO HABS GO !!

  23. RightNyder says:

    Who might the Habs lose in the expansion draft?
    Are there even seven forwards worth protecting?

    • on2ndthought says:

      nope. 4 forwards: the EGG line and Max. 5 D worth protecting: PK JP N8, Pateryn and Barberio (Emelin should be safe with his contract)

      So: Price and 8 skaters, take your pick between Pateryn and Barberio.
      I like Pateryn because of toughness, Barberio because he can be 2nd pairing and is a lefty.

      (EOTP covered this well)

      • 24 Cups says:

        I was thinking the same thing.

        Emelin has a no-trade contract and that issue hasn’t been addressed yet by the league. If available, a team might take him to help get to the cap floor (or Pleks, if available). Otherwise, it would be Pateryn or Barberio.

        Sure doesn’t say much about the depth of the organization.

  24. Habby_Haberton says:

    It’s amazing how many excuses Therrien uses for a guy with the motto ‘No Excuses’…pretty funny actually.

    • Mavid says:

      I am pretty sure when he created that saying, it was not expected that half the team would be injured..

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      Weed Wacker -and now Flamethrower Grandma Smurf

      • Habby_Haberton says:

        The free-fall happened well before all the injuries, minus Price.

        • Mavid says:

          a steady list of injuries..starting in November up until Thursday..just when the freefall occurred..I agree a team should be able to work through injuries but the Habs have had more than their fair share..not really a excuse as far as I am concerned..

          http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=67176
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          Weed Wacker -and now Flamethrower Grandma Smurf

    • 24 Cups says:

      HH – You know what I find amazing? That for the past four months 80% of the posts on this site are the same old, same old in terms of how everything is Therrien’s fault. Pretty funny actually.

      Shout-out to Mavid – Did I mention that I have a grandson (Finnley) who is just four months old? My wife and I can’t believe how much our lives have changed!

      • Habby_Haberton says:

        You’re right, we should celebrate him.

        • Mavid says:

          HH what a great well thought out reply..yea thats what he said..celebrate…

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          Weed Wacker -and now Flamethrower Grandma Smurf

          • Habby_Haberton says:

            Well I take it you both feel Therrien isn’t at fault or at least not the main fault. His sarcastic reply got one back is all that was. I strongly disagree and I know you blame injuries but if you look at the numbers you will see that it was only Price missing when things went horrible and the coach’s inability to change his antiquated system and horrible use of ice time for underperforming players is what turned what should have been a dip, into the worst collapse in franchise history. But if you still feel its not his fault, thats your choice.

          • Mavid says:

            I did not say he was not at fault for some of the teams issues, but you posted about the No Excuses motto implying that he was some how hypocritical.for having this in the room I am saying..its pretty hard to not use injuries as an excuse..when there is so many of them..it is a reason. Did you look at the link I provided..it was more than just Price..there was a steady stream of injuries from November on.. I see nothing wrong with using this as an excuse when its a real reason

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            Weed Wacker -and now Flamethrower Grandma Smurf

          • Habby_Haberton says:

            They got 6 pnts in Dec and 7 in January with one of the healthiest rosters in NHL..Most of the injuries (and non 4th liners) came only in last few weeks (obviously besides Price).

      • Mavid says:

        Congrats!! Being a grandparent is the best!! I only had boys so having two precious little granddaughters are my reward for not strangling the boys when they were teenagers..LOL.. one will be 2 in May, the other 3 in June..its gone by so fast…

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        Weed Wacker -and now Flamethrower Grandma Smurf

  25. 24 Cups says:

    Food for thought. Only two Canadians are listed in the top 10 for this summer’s entry draft. Only 10 are listed in the top 30 (based on TSN stats)

    The times they are a-changin’.

    • rabidhab says:

      I hope the Habs get at least one of those canadian kids in the draft his year !!!

    • 24 Cups says:

      Here are the latest consensus rankings for this summer’s entry draft.

      Matthews
      Laine
      Puljujarvi
      Tkachuk
      Dubois
      Nylander
      Juolevi
      Chychurn
      McLeod
      Keller
      (13th) Gauthier

      • Habby_Haberton says:

        I like Draftbuzz’s list…I feel the top 9 are pretty locked in terms of players but after that it really separates if you look at various lists…So lets not fall from 9th 🙂

        1 AUSTON MATTHEWS
        2 PATRIK LAINE
        3 JESSE PULJUJARVI
        4 PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
        5 MATTHEW TKACHUK
        6 JAKOB CHYCHRUN
        7 MICHAEL MCLEOD
        8 OLLI JUOLEVI
        9 ALEX NYLANDER
        10 CLAYTON KELLER
        11 MIKHAIL SERGACHEV

        • 24 Cups says:

          If Montreal falls below 9th, let’s hope that Gauthier is still around. I’d prefer a centre (but not one that is 5’10”) but Gauthier is a good Plan B.

          • Habby_Haberton says:

            I have a feeling Gauthier is not going to work at the NHL level. His success comes from being big and playing against small kids in the Q IMO. Wasn’t impressed at the World juniors and his draft stock has been sinking all season.


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