Well, all is quiet on the Eastern Front as Hockey Fans everywhere are going through their final weeks without Hockey as the Pre Season starts in less than two weeks. The Canadiens first tune up game is the 17th of September against the Florida Panthers. Last season we saw some young guys excite Montreal and make cases for regular season jobs with the big club. Two of them were Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban, who very well will be in the same position this year.
Pacioretty had 11 points in 34 games last year in Montreal and although those numbers aren't exactly Rookie Of The Year calibre, Max is a big winger that if he is able to grow into his 6'2 frame could be a net crashing prescence with an already impressive shot who could pot 30-35 goals in the distant future. Expect Patches to either make the team out of camp or be one of it's first callups. PK Subban is a different story. He impressed scouts with his performance last year in the Pre Season but nobody thought he would be called up till at least 2010. Then came the World Junior Championships. Subban demolished the competition with his blinding speed, flashy moves and excellent awarness, being named to the Tournament All Star Team. His incredible play made Habs fans everywhere salivate at the thought of having on the ice as early as this season. Look for him to be a mid season call up, but look out, if he gets the call to the big leagues chances are he will not buckle under the pressure and become a mianstay on the Habs blue line.
Can't wait for the season.