Changes to be expected today from the Habs? Two moves could be announced

Published December 18, 2022 at 1:10 PM

The Montreal Canadiens seriously need to shake things up right now.

While it seems unlikely that a deal will be made to shake things up and get the deadwood out of the lineup, there are opportunities within the organization to add some fresh air to the team's offense.

There is a serious problem with the Tricolore and that is the fact that there are far too many passengers in the lineup right now. Here is a list of players that do not help the club's cause:

Joel Armia: 2 assists in 20 games
Rem Pitlick: 1 goal in 14 games
Evgenii Dadonov: 6 points in 26 games
Jake Evans: 5 assists in 31 games
Michael Pezzetta: 1 goal in 17 games
Jonathan Drouin: 5 assists in 15 games

If we can give Evans credit for providing a useful defensive play for his team, that's six members of the CH who are far from providing a valuable contribution to the team.

Since the beginning of the season, only one player has been recalled from the minors and it's a player who started the year in Montreal in Rem Pitlick.

However, there are many great stories in Laval right now and the Habs don't seem to be aware of them. Anthony Richard has been on fire since the beginning of the season, scoring 18 goals and getting 31 points in 27 games. He leads the AHL in scoring and is the third leading scorer.

His speed and excellent shooting would be great assets to help revive the club's offense. Martin St-Louis' team needs a helping hand other than Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, and Richard could ultimately help more than the aforementioned.

Another player who could be worth a call-up is Jesse Ylonen. After a slow start to the season, the Finn has picked up steam in the last few games with seven goals and 22 points in 27 games.

Defenseman Justin Barron has been playing very well in recent weeks. Barron has regained his confidence and is once again the man coach Jean-François Houle trusts on defense. In 24 games so far, Barron has seven goals and 15 points.

With the Habs' current anemic power play, Barron could be a very interesting solution.

December 18   |   53 answers
Changes to be expected today from the Habs? Two moves could be announced

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