First of all, Dyment was traded a year ago to the Black Hawks for a draft pick. The Habs also have Fichaud and Michaud in Hamilton. Beauchemin is on the depth chart in Dyment’s place, and Archer is another OHL junior prospect on D. Duncan Milroy is one to watch, mark my words, he has the potential to be a really good two-way third line right winger, who will one day average 20-25 goals and 50-60 points, plus he’ll rack up over a hundred PM and hopefully be a plus player. Michael Ryder, Marcel Hossa and Jason Ward will also contribute. Ward will finally be a player- I look for 65 GP, 15 goals, and hopefully 40 something points and over a hundred PM.
Hossa needs to become a reliable second line winger, who plays 15 minutes, gets 25-30 goals and 50-60 points. He needs to consistently apply himself to his work.
Really, Montreal looks better because Gainey, Savard, Gauthier, Madden and Timmins are a great scouting team, and no one will slack with old number 23 in charge. Remember the ’79 playoffs when Gainey was MVP against the Rangers? Two separated shoulders, and still he was able to put away the Rangers. The “Right Stuff”, and here’s hoping it rubs off on the Habs.