It could already be the end for Denis Gurianov in Montreal for one simple reason
BY MARCO MARCH 29, 2023 (7:04 PM)
He is one of the best players on the club for 2-3 games and then completely disappears for a week. When he's healthy, he's one of the best skaters on the team and he also has one of the best shots in the organization. The talent is there, there's no question. But he is extremely inconsistent.
And Mathias Brunet makes a very good point on BPM Sports with Martin Lemay: the Habs already have a lot of right wingers in their organization.
Cole Caufield will be on the first line. Brendan Gallagher, Josh Anderson and Joel Armia will most likely still be in Montreal next year. Anderson could be traded, but it will be hard to move one of the other two. And then there's Jesse Ylonen who is, honestly, at least as good as Gurianov right now, but may cost less (Gurianov's qualifying offer is close to $3 million).
Gurianov can play left, however Juraj Slafkovsky and Rafael Harvey-Pinard will be back. So will Mike Hoffman, barring a surprise. Sean Farrell could be there as well and the same goes for Michael Pezzetta and Alex Belzile.
You'll understand that he's running out of room.
So this could already be the end of the Gurianov experiment in Montreal. The Habs gave almost nothing to get him, so it's far from a catastrophe. It's not even a big deal. They gave him a chance and it worked a little (he still has 5 goals in 16 games), but not enough to earn his qualifying offer.