Fantasy Hockey 2023 Team Previews: Montreal Canadiens


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Nick Suzuki

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
82.0 22.3 42.0 64.3 -10.6 30.5 8.4 13.3 21.7 190.9 11.7% 20.5 637.8 59.5 97.1

After consecutive 41-point seasons, Suzuki took a huge leap forward in 2021-22, hitting both the 20-goal (21) and 40-assist mark for the first time in his young career. Plagued by a minus-29 rating and just 186 SOG, Suzuki again finds its potential capped as it enters 2022-23 surrounded by the same weak supporting cast. Expect the Canadiens’ top center to perform near the 20-goal, 40-assist pace we should probably get used to, as he will do his best to lead the Canadiens in nearly every statistical category once again. Suzuki is a solid mid-range selection and should be a No. 3 center for your fantasy team.

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Cole Caufield

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
74.5 29.3 26.5 55.8 -9.9 13.2 6.1 9.9 16.1 236.6 12.4% 18.6 5.8 11.4 29.2

Caufield is an interesting choice in 2023 after appearing in the top 100 picks a season ago. A lock by many to win the Norris, the talented winger struggled to replicate his 2020-21 playoff success (12 points in 20 games) as he started with just one point in his first ten games and ended up in the AHL (Laval) by mid-November. A return to the NHL a few weeks later saw Caufield salvage his season with one of the strongest second halves in the entire league. Finishing just under a point per game with 35 points in his last 38 games, Caufield’s 22 goals ranked him 12th among NHL players, with good point production for 59th. Caufield averaged over ten of 60 shots, and that’s the kind of shot volume you want to see when trying to identify potential breakout candidates. Caufield is looking to build on a strong finish and has a 30-30 lead as he’ll be featured on Montreal’s top line and top power-play unit.

Mike Hoffman

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
76.6 21.6 24.7 46.3 -7.3 29.4 7.0 10.3 17.3 176.0 12.3% 16.3 11.1 26.2 37.6

Hoffman’s inaugural season in Montreal didn’t go to plan as he posted career lows in goals (15) and points (35) in a season he played at least 25 games . However, Hoffman’s disastrous season ended on a relatively high note as he produced 11 points (4G/7A) ​​in his last 14 games. Looking to bounce back in 2022-23, the winger is someone to watch in training camp. If he’s the third member of the top line with Suzuki and Caufield, he could be worth a last-round steal. However, it is most likely destined for the waiver wire and could be retrieved if it gets hot.

Jonathan Drouin

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
70.3 11.3 29.3 40.6 -11.2 35.9 1.6 7.9 9.5 130.7 8.6% 16.8 47.6 18.3 63.7

With eight NHL seasons under his belt and at just 27 years old, Drouin’s career has been marked by ups and downs. Playing just 34 games in 2021-22, Drouin failed to surpass the 44-game mark for the third consecutive season, never eclipsing more than 23 points in any of the three years. His six-and-under-9 didn’t help fantasy teams as he failed to even produce two shots per game (1.82). He is expected to be back with the team and fully healthy to open 2022-23, a return to point production in the mid-40s could very well be in the cards with minimal goals marked.

Josh Anderson

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
74.8 21.0 13.7 34.7 -10.0 56.8 2.0 1.2 3.2 172.9 12.2% 16.7 18.4 36.6 172.9

A big body that likes to shoot, Anderson has struggled to produce since arriving in Montreal as he has just 56 points (36G/20A) in 121 games over two years with the club. His 19 goals were good for the third-highest of a Canadiens team that finished sixth in league scoring. His 2.19 shots per game was his lowest average since 2016-17. Anderson will need to regain his heavy hitting touch if he hopes to break the 20-goal mark for the first time in four seasons. Anderson never recorded more than 47 points in a season, limited by the fact that he never recorded more than 20 assists. The 28-year-old winger is only of value in the banger leagues, where he’ll approach 200 hits if he’s healthy. Still, he’s nothing more than a disposable end-of-round pick.

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Kirby Dash

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
71.0 11.5 23.5 35.5 -8.9 37.1 1.9 4.2 6.0 121.3 9.5% 17.5 170.7 41.0 47.4

Dach was traded to Montreal and later signed a four-year, $13.5 million contract during a busy offseason. The 2019 No. 3 overall pick had a modest 59 points in 152 games to start his career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Now a Canadian, he will look to surpass his career highs of nine goals and 26 points from 2021-22. At just 21 as he enters his fourth season, there seems to be untapped potential at Dach. He should earn big minutes as the Habs’ No. 2 center, and there are enough quality wingers in Montreal to sustain a breakout campaign. He’s not worth drafting, but if he adapts quickly to his new surroundings, Dach could become a decent option at the bottom of your list.

Brendan Gallagher

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
71.1 17.2 19.9 36.6 -0.1 51.3 3.2 2.2 5.4 197.0 8.7% 14.9 20.5 31.2 72.2

Injuries have ruined Gallagher, who was once a promising fantasy option. He’s missed nearly 28% of games over the past three seasons and has averaged just 24 goals and 26 assists (40 points) per 82 games over that span. Although not worth drafting, he is one of a handful of wingers who have a chance to play with Suzuki and Caufield. It is the most coveted place in Montreal. If Gallagher has that opportunity, he could return to fantasy relevance. His stroke volume has dropped slightly in recent years but remains very strong. Last season he hit an absurdly low 4.9%, so there’s reason to be optimistic he’ll bounce back this season. However, if 20 goals and 25 assists is a rebound, it’s best to leave it as a streaming option.

Mike Matheson

generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
75.2 12.0 24.1 36.1 -7.9 40.8 1.3 5.1 6.3 169.6 7.1% 22.4 0.0 91.4 97.1

Matheson has been dealt to the Canadiens this offseason for Jeff Petry and Ryan Poehling. He instantly found himself the best defender in a weak six-man squad. Matheson had a strong 2021-22 season, as his career-high 11 goals tied him for 16th among all defensemen and his 140 shots ranked him in the league’s top 50. The 28-year-old never had a chance to prove himself on the power play throughout his eight-year career. He’s only amassed single-digit goals (2) and just 16 PPGs overall in 417 career games. With limited options in Montreal, Matheson could be a sneaky last-round pick if he lands on their PP1, but he’ll battle Chris Wideman for that honor. If nothing else, he looks set to set a new career high in YOU and should hit double-digit goals for the third time.

Jack Allen

GS O L To SV% GAA SO
54.0 21.1 26.2 6.6 0.909 2.95 1.9

Allen enters 2022-23 as a starter for the Canadiens after it was announced that Carey Price is unlikely to play in 20223. nine wins and the ninth-worst GAA in the league (3.30). He may be locked in as a Montreal starter, but he’s got little whimsical value with the team in front of him looking as bad as it did a year ago. He’s undrafted right now and will be struggling all season in an Atlantic Division that could be the best in hockey in 2023. You’ll have to be very selective about when to cast Allen this season.


Player Pos generalist g A PLS (+/-) GIP GPP APP PPP SOG S% YOURS FOW noir HIT
Chris Wideman D 71.5 6.1 25.5 31.2 -11.5 63.3 1.5 11.7 13.2 100.0 6.1% 17.4 0.0 66.2 72.4
Yevgeny Dadonov L.W. 80.3 19.6 19.6 39.7 -5.3 14.5 4.8 3.1 7.9 156.1 12.6% 15.3 0.3 28.1 55.5
Christian Dvorak VS 74.4 17.7 22.9 40.6 -9.5 19.8 6.2 4.5 10.7 120.4 14.7% 16.7 660.1 54.1 47.9
Justin Barren D 65.3 5.6 12.8 18.4 -7.2 14.8 0.3 1.5 1.8 114.4 4.9% 18.5 0.0 66.0 60.0
Joel Edmundson D 69.7 6.2 12.6 18.8 -3.5 60.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 103.5 6.0% 20.7 0.0 106.6 135.5
Sean Monahan VS 75.5 12.9 20.0 32.3 -9.5 21.4 5.0 7.2 12.2 125.1 10.3% 13.9 451.1 23.5 62.0
David Savard D 75.3 2.7 13.3 16.5 -11.3 39.7 0.0 0.5 0.5 96.9 2.8% 21.5 0.0 155.1 160.6
Jordan Harris D 75.2 3.8 11.0 15.2 -8.0 22.8 0.9 1.2 2.0 77.2 4.9% 16.3 0.0 85.1 88.2
Jake Evans C/RW 71.4 9.2 14.1 23.3 -4.3 37.3 0.0 0.5 0.5 100.5 9.2% 13.3 379.1 34.2 90.0
Joel Armia LW/RW 68.3 9.0 9.3 18.3 -4.7 17.4 1.4 1.0 2.5 109.8 8.2% 12.8 4.8 24.1 115.0
Paul Byron L.W. 61.7 8.0 11.3 19.2 -1.4 10.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 66.0 12.1% 13.0 37.3 25.4 143.3



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