A short history of the MONTREAL CANADIENS, Part 7, the 2010's.
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While the #MontrealCanadiens continue to struggle, their shining star is Carey Price. When the 2014-15 Price-led team stormed into the postseason, Price had won a league-leading 44 games, boasting a 1.96 GAA and .933 save percentage. Their 110 points put them on top of the Atlantic though they'd lose in the 2nd round. Next year, Price was limited to 12 games. Without their backbone, the #Canadiens plummeted to last place. Their record dropped from 50-22-10 to 38-38-6. Then, in 2016-17, Price returned them to the top of the Atlantic, winning 37 games.
And so go the #Habs. They are lost without an elite netminder. They are notoriously weak down the middle and can't seem to find a solution. Gone is the firepower of Subban, Pacioretty and Plekanec. Sergachev and Galchenyuk were sent packing in search of a center and no other goalie can keep them afloat.
In addition to questionable trades, the roster is thin due to lacklustre drafting. Look at the past 10 years of 1st rounders and how much each played in Montreal. You'll find Louie Leblanc (50 games, retired), Jarred Tinordi (46 games, now with AHL Milwaukee), Nathan Beaulieu (225 games, now with Winnipeg), Alex Galchenyuk (418 games, now with Pittsburgh), Michael McCarron (69 games, now in AHL Laval), Nikita Scherbak (29 games, now with KHL Avangard Omsk), Noah Juulsen (44 games, still with Montreal/Laval), and Mikhail Sergachev (4 games, now with Tampa Bay). However, there is reason for hope. Montreal's three most recent 1st round picks could be high end NHL talent. Center Ryan Poehling recorded a hat trick in his first game. Center Jesperi Kotkaniemi is making management look like geniuses for picking him over the higher ranked Jesse Puljujarvi. And undersized winger Cole Caulfield set a new scoring record with the USNTDP. Time will tell but there is some light on the horizon in Montreal.
NOTABLE NAMES: Carey Price, PK Subban, Max Pacioretty, Brian Gionta, Michael Cammalleri, Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron