Analyst has just announced three CH defensemen who are likely to leave the team during the summer
BY MARCO MARCH 29, 2023 (1:40 PM)
In addition to having a large wave of young prospects graduating to professional hockey, the organization also has a surplus of veterans in its lineup, which leaves little room for maneuver for the team's young players.
In addition to having limited spots on offense with the Tricolore, there are also few spots available for the large number of NHL-caliber defensemen, with the emergence of Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Harris, Arber Xhekaj, and even Johnathan Kovacevic.
Add to that the presence of three veterans on the blue line, with Michael Matheson, David Savard and Joel Edmundson.
In connection with this surplus of defensemen, while on TSN 690, the Canadiens' excellent game analyst, Marc Denis, mentioned that there will definitely be some movement on defense this off-season.
Among the three names raised, if the departure of Matheson and Savard seems unlikely, due to their performance on the ice, that of Edmundson is more plausible than ever.
Already the defensive brigade has a surplus of left-handed backs, it seems almost impossible to be able to use the CH's number 44 on a regular basis, without affecting the playing time and development of young players like Harris, Xhekaj, and even Guhle.
On both offense and defense, GM Kent Hughes will have a huge job to do to purge his roster of players who will not remain with the organization in the medium to long term, to make room for youth development.