ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA | LAVAL, QC. — The Canadiens 2020-21 season is within the books. As tough as a loss within the Stanley Cup ultimate is for the group and the followers, I believe that when everybody takes a step again, they are going to be pleased with the season. It was a season that was bodily and mentally taxing.
Whereas the gamers relaxation earlier than starting their respective summer time exercise program, Marc Bergevin instantly began making ready for the 2021-22 season. The Canadiens common supervisor has till Saturday 5:00 pm. ET. to submit the safety checklist for Seattle growth draft.
On this week’s column, I’ll undertaking the safety checklist that will probably be submitted to the league previous to the deadline.
Growth Draft Guidelines
The Kraken will choose one participant from every staff besides the Golden Knights. Vegas is exempt from this yr’s growth draft. These are the rules for the remaining 30 groups:
Every group can shield seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie, below the next circumstances:
- All gamers with no motion clauses on the time of the draft, and who decline to waive these clauses, should be protected and will probably be counted towards their staff’s relevant safety limits.
- All first- and second-year professionals, and all unsigned draft decisions, will probably be exempt from choice and won’t be counted towards safety limits.
As well as, all NHL groups should meet the next minimal necessities concerning gamers uncovered for choice within the draft:
- One defenseman who’s a) below contract in 2021-22 and b) performed in at the least 40 NHL video games the prior season or performed in at the least 70 NHL video games within the prior two seasons.
- Two forwards who’re a) below contract in 2021-22 and b) performed at the least 40 NHL video games the prior season or performed in at the least 70 NHL video games within the prior two seasons.
- One goalie who’s below contract in 2021-22 or will probably be a restricted free agent on the finish of his present contract instantly previous to 2021-22. If a staff elects to make a restricted free agent goalie obtainable to fulfill this requirement, that goalie will need to have acquired his qualifying supply previous to the submission of the staff’s protected checklist.
After reviewing all choices, I believe the Canadiens best choice is to guard seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie.
Carey Worth will probably be on the safety checklist as a result of no motion clause on his contract. Keep in mind when some followers in the course of the common season that needed the goalie waive his clause for the growth draft?
Worth is coming off taking part in at an elite stage all through the staff’s playoff run. The Canadiens goalie completed with a 13-9 file, 2.28 objectives towards common, and .924 save share within the submit season.
The Kraken may have the choice of choosing Jake Allen. The backup goalie gained 11 of the 29 video games that he appeared within the common season, sustaining a 2.68 objectives towards common, and .907 save share. Allen made no appearances in the course of the playoffs, however gave his staff an opportunity to win when he began in the course of the season.
“I perceive what’s at stake. I signed right here to play with the Montreal Canadiens, and that’s the place I’m proper now. Until one thing adjustments, that’s my primary goal. We’ll cross that bridge when it comes, however I perceive that this isn’t a standard yr,” Allen stated when requested concerning the growth draft.
Previous to the beginning of the season, Allen signed a two-year extension that counts for $2.875-million towards the wage cap. Seattle might discover the cap enticing for an excellent backup goaltender.
“Selections should be made and we’ll see what occurs. I count on to play for the Montreal Canadiens and that’s why I signed my two-year extension. I additionally perceive there’s a enterprise aspect to it. Issues occur on this enterprise which might be out of your management and we’ll see the place it goes,” Allen added.
Protected: Carey Worth
Unprotected: Jake Allen, Michael McNiven, Charlie Lindgren (UFA)
Exempt: Cayden Primeau
Within the submit season, Dominique Ducharme closely relied on 4 defencemen to hold the workload. The group might want to expose one in every of them to the draft.
By default, Jeff Petry is protected as a result of no motion clause on his contract. Shea Weber is a lock to take a spot on the safety checklist. Weber is a frontrunner within the dressing room, and an important function mannequin for the younger gamers on the roster.
The tough resolution will probably be to find out the ultimate spot on the safety checklist between Ben Chiarot and Joel Edmundson. Each defenders had a big function within the playoffs.
Chiarot led the staff in ice time with 25:15 in the course of the playoffs, a rise of three:28 from the common season. He was primarily paired with Weber on five-on-five, and on the primary penalty kill. The pair constantly confronted the oppositions high forwards.
Edmundson averaged 23:23 of ice time within the submit season, a rise of three:20 from the common season. Edmundson was paired with Petry throughout five-on-five, and was on the second penalty kill unit. He led the staff with plus-28 in the course of the common season.
I imagine that the Canadiens will enter Edmundson’s identify on the safety checklist for 3 causes. First, Edmundson has three years remaining, whereas Chiarot is coming into the ultimate yr of his contract. Second, Edmundson is 2 years youthful than Chiarot. Lastly, Edmundson has gained a Stanley Cup, an attribute that Bergevin seemed out for when signing the defenceman.
Protected: Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, Joel Edmundson
Unprotected: Ben Chiarot, Brett Kulak, Erik Gustafsson (UFA), Jon Merrill (UFA), Cale Fleury, Xavier Ouellet, Gustav Olofsson
Exempt: Alexander Romanov, Josh Brook, Kaiden Guhle, Gianni Fairbrother, Mattias Norlinder, Corey Schueneman
The choice for the ahead group is easier than on defence. Brendan Gallagher with a no motion clause on his contract, together with Josh Anderson, Tyler Toffoli, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi are already printed on the safety checklist.
Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, Artturi Lehkonen, Jake Evans are on my short-list for the three remaining spots. Lehkonen and Evans are my decisions to take two spots, with one in every of Danault, Drouin or Byron to fit in because the seventh protected ahead.
In the end, I believe Danault will probably be protected whatever the contact scenario. Seattle may have an unique window from July 18th to twenty first to barter with unprotected unrestricted free brokers (UFA). If Danault hasn’t signed with Montreal by Sunday, defending him will give each side an extra week to barter. In accordance with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, there was a niche of $500,000-$750,000 per yr separating the 2 events throughout negotiations final Fall.
There’s little or no information about Drouin’s absence and any potential return. The most recent replace was offered by Bergevin, advising that Drouin is doing rather a lot higher however the scenario stays delicate.
Byron has two seasons remaining on his contract that carries a $3.4-million cap hit. Byron has velocity, performs on the penalty kill, and is an effective chief. These are nice qualities to have on a roster, however I don’t assume he’s producing to the worth of the contract.
Protected: Phillip Danault, Josh Anderson, Tyler Toffoli, Brendan Gallagher, Artturi Lehkonen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Jake Evans
Unprotected UFAs: Tomas Tatar, Joel Armia, Eric Staal, Michael Frolik, Corey Perry, Jordan Weal, Charles Hudon
Unprotected: Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, Michael Pezzetta, Joseph Blandisi, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Brandon Baddock
Exempt: Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Ryan Poehling, Jesse Ylonen, Cameron Hills, Arsen Khisamutdinov, Joel Teasdale, Alex Belzile, Jake Lucchini, Jan Mysak, Rafael Harvey-Pinard
There’s just one profit for the Canadiens to guard eight skaters and one goalie as a substitute of the format consisting of seven forwards, three defencemen and a goalie. It will permit Montreal to maintain their top-four defensive unit intact, on the expense of dropping a key participant from the ahead group.
It’s tough to undertaking the participant that the Kraken will choose from the Canadiens. Groups could make aspect offers with Seattle to entice them to pick out or keep away from a selected participant. If I needed to predict, I count on for it to be between Allen and Chiarot.
The Nationwide Hockey League is predicted to publish the safety lists on July 18th. Seattle’s picks will probably be introduced on July twenty first at 8:00 pm. ET. on Sportsnet and ESPN.
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