2018-19 Record: 44-30-8 96pts. – – 4th Place in Atlantic
2019-20 Jersey Guide:
Key Additions: F – Nick Cousins, D – Ben Chiarot, F – Phil Varone, F – Riley Barber, G – Keith Kinkaid
Key Departures: D – Jordie Benn, F – Nicolas Deslauriers, F – Andrew Shaw, G – Antti Niemi
Going into the 2019 Offseason the Montreal Canadiens looked to make a splash as on the first day of free agency they gave an offer sheet to Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho. While the Hurricanes would match the offer, the move made waves around the NHL.
Despite not getting the prize they were seeking in Aho, the Canadiens were able to make some solid moves as they were able to trade away Andrew Shaw to Chicago, and then sign forward Riley Barber who looks to have a promising NHL career once he gets the opportunity to shine. The Canadiens also signed goalie Keith Kinkaid who will be a viable backup to Carey Price.
Biggest focus the Canadiens will need to do is find a way to improve their powerplay which was ranked 30th last season. Unfortunately for them they are still a one unit powerplay with only four key players. That will need to improve greatly this upcoming season.