Tag: Max Domi

Why Is NO ONE Talking About The Montreal Canadiens?

The biggest WAGON in the NHL right now the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens are one point behind the Maple Leafs for the second spot in the Atlantic division. They are on a three-game winning streak, 8-1-1 in their last ten games and have pushed the Bruins into the Wild Card race now with their latest win on home ice vs the Central division leading Jets. That was a dominating 5-2 Canadiens win. A win that should perhaps make you re-think this Canadiens team right now.

The Canadiens came into the season projected by many reporters to be a middle of the pack, borderline at best wild card team this season. They came out the season shocking many, putting themselves on the radar and the talk early in the season was these Canadiens are not that bad perhaps. Then they fell off everyone’s radar and it seems like no one is talking about them even though they have been extremely consistent all season.

Kevin Allen of USA Today projected the Canadiens to be 28-41-13 with 69 points, the Hockey Writers website projected the Canadiens to finish 7th in the Atlantic division. But after all is said and done and we are now 60 percent of the season played and 55 games in (for Montreal) they are 31-18-6 with 68 points. They have a 17-10-3 home record, 14-8-3 road record and a +11 goal differential. They rank 13th in goals for (167) and 20th in goals against (158), 14th in goals per game (3.04) and 22nd in goals against per game (2.87). Even despite the 30th ranked power play (13.0) and 21st penalty kill (79.0) the Canadiens have been one of the most consistent and surprising teams this season.

A lot of this success rides on a healthy Carey Price, 40 games played a 23-13-4 record a 2.52 goals against, .916 save percentage and 3 shutouts is helping the Canadiens play consistent. Along with Max Domi’s team leading 47 points in 55 games, Jonathan Drouin’s 46 points in 55 games (not to mention a four point night vs Winnipeg Thursday), Philip Danault 40 points, Tomas Tartar 39 points, Jeff Petry 37 points, Brendan Gallagher 35 points, Shea Weber return and 20 points in 31 games. Overall the Canadiens are getting much needed and consistent production from their top two players, support from the surrounding cast like Tartar, Gallagher, Danault, the rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s 27 points (current 4-game goal streak).

The Canadiens are getting the production they need from the right guys. They have finally seen Drouin do what they brought him here to do, Domi’s confidence and obvious liking of the switch to Montreal is paying off. Kotkaniemi playing well his first year is big, Gallagher playing consistent, the addition of Tartar, Danault having a big year. Two defenseman that are playing like top defenseman in the league and a healthy Price is the recipe for the Canadiens success.

If the season were to end right now they would be playing Toronto first round. Not an easy match up but it is not like they cannot upset the Leafs first round. The Canadiens are going to make the playoffs and they will be a very tough first round opponent. Either way first round exit or not the Canadiens are and have exceeded expectations this season and NO ONE is talking about it. Where are the WAGON shirts for the Canadiens @SpittinChiclets ?


Impact on players fantasy value due to trades… Mike Hoffman, Ryan O’Reilly and more!

Players who’s fantasy value increased…

Ryan O’Reilly: O’Reilly really seemed as if he wanted out of Buffalo towards the end of last year he even came out and said he was not having fun playing hockey and his passion was slowly dying. It was inevitable that Buffalo was going to part ways with O’Reilly but now that he has landed in St. Louis, his typical 55-60 point season. O’Reilly may be well above the 60 range mark this year playing with Alex Steen, Patrick Maroon/Robby Fabbri. O’Reilly has way more weapons around him plus a winning environment it is obvious O’Reilly fantasy value increases a ton due to this trade.

Mike Hoffman: SKY ROCKETS, he gets out of terrible Ottawa and stays within his division where he has buried 20+ goals four years in a row now. To getting put on a line with Vincent Trocheck and Nick Bjugstad this Florida line two is going to be unreal. Hoffman will thrive in Florida and will not see anything different than what he saw in Ottawa. A total increase for Hoffman!

Players who’s fantasy value stayed the same

Noah Hanafin: Some would say it decreases his value a bit but I think it only increases it, he is said to be playing 3rd line minutes but that is very doubtful to stay like that. Hanafin is coming off his best year in the league with 10 goals and 22 assists. I would expect a similar year out Hanafin playing powerplay two and most likely top four minutes, the young defenseman will find his groove in Calgary as long as they stay successful and don’t hit rough spots. Hanafin’s fantasy value is probably around the same as it was before.

Elias Lindholm: Lindholm has been trying to crack that 20-goal mark for quite sometime now but it won’t happen anytime soon. Right now being slotted on the third line with potential line two minutes the 40 point forward will stay within that range. His value decreases a tad due to his role on Calgary now, in Carolina he was a top six forward for sure and playing more minutes that what he will in Calgary. Lindholm’s value decreases a tad but still a solid 35 point player.

Dougie Hamilton: Hamilton’s value increase a tad, going from Calgary to Carolina is a change but Hamilton will probably be seeing more time in Carolina due to their defensive line up. Hamilton will be have to share some powerplay time with Justin Faulk but still he will be the main power play option for Carolina. Coming off a 44 point season and his fourth 40+ point season Hamilton’s value does not decrease at all. He is a top 20 defenseman no matter where he goes.

Players who’s fantasy value decreased

Phillip Grubauer: Stays about the same perhaps drop a little due to not having as good as a team in front of him. With Grubauer going to Colorado he still needs to compete for a starting job and when he will get in he will be tested much more due to the Avalanche not having as good as a defense as Washington. Still value in Grubauer but I won’t look at him nearly as much for a spot start this year.

Connor Sheary: Some would say his value does not move much but I would say Sheary’s value drops a ton. Not playing with Sidney Crosby or Malkin or Kessel to now playing with Mittlestadt or Berglund Sheary will be no where near his once 50 point season, Sheary will be a 30 point forward at best. Sheary’s value is no where what it was in 2016-17, especially after a 23 point decrease from 16-17 to 17-18, it does not look much better for the 26-year-old forward. 

Max Domi: Domi’s value is subpar to begin with and it does not get any better going to Montreal as much as he seems to be excited to playing for a Canadian team and an original six team, Domi’s faith will die out once he realizes they are even worse than Arizona. Domi went from 52 to 38 to 45 points he has been a bit streaky and I think we see another 35-40 point season out of him. Playing alongside Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen there is not much to support or really make Domi that much of a better player than what he was in Arizona. His value decreases a slight amount to say the least.


Max Domi for Alex Galchenyuk: Who got the better end?

Alex Galchenyuk for Max Domi…

If you’re Alex Galchenyuk you have to be extremely happy but disappointed at the same time. As many knew Galchenyuk never really enjoyed Montreal too much nor did they like Galcheyuk. After experiencing some slow production and not “living” up to what Montreal management expected him to be. Galchenyuk dealt with some bottom six, to top six to being moved around all year for two years straight. He was definitely at his wits end with the team and this was an overdue trade for Montreal. Galchenyuk was drafted in the first round, third overall in 2012, after scoring 20 goals his third year to 30 goals his fourth year, Galchenyuk has yet to crack 20 goals again since then. Despite only scoring 19 goals he did tally 51 points in 82 games making him the second top point scorer on Montreal last season. Galchenyuk was rumored to be moved a while back during the last offseason but the Canadiens set the bar way too high for the first rounder, therefore he was stuck in Montreal again.

After an unsuccessful season from Montreal and some minor management issues, the Canadiens have clearly decided to part ways with the young and speedy center. The Canadiens in exchange pick up another former first-round pick, Max Domi. Domi was drafted a year after Galchenyuk and has spent the last three season in Arizona. Domi’s first season was his best yet tallying 18 goals and 52 points in 81 games, while his last two seasons he has combined for 18 goals total and 83 points. Domi was drafted 12th overall and when the Coyotes received Anthony Ducalir around the time Domi was coming into the league, many thought these two would make for a perfect duo. Unfortunately, it fell through the crack and both Duclair and Domi have been shipped out of the desert. Domi has certainly not played to his potential, looking at his 93 and 102 point seasons in the OHL and 10 points in 7 games at the World Junior stage, Domi has been mediocre at the NHL level.

Words from Marc Bergevin

Marc Bergevin recently sat down with the media after the trade and went through a few preliminary questions. Bergevin spoke high praises for Domi saying he has a lot of untapped potential and he thinks that coming to Montreal and being apart of a hockey market can surely spark Domi’s career upward. He also commented on Domi’s spot in the lineup saying he knows Domi is a winger and a better winger at best, but he could play center if they are jammed and need him too.

(Reporting from Montreal Gazzatte)

Who won the trade? 

Domi has been in the league for three seasons now tallying 135 points in 266 games with 99 assists and 36 goals. While Galchenyuk has been in the league for 6 seasons playing three full years. In 225 games Galchenyk has scored 66 goals, 85 assists, and 151 points (three most recent years). The two are clearly very similar in numbers and it is obvious Galchenyuk is a better pure goal scorer. Domi brings a certain edge to the line up he plays intense, quick and physical. Often getting under the skin of other players while possessing the speed and skill set to beat defenders down low. Galchenyuk does not play as physical, or in your face but Gally is a smart, dynamic goal scorer that can play either the center or left wing position really well. Overall they both are solid players with similar skill sets. In the end the situation Gally is going into is much better, with Dylan Strome, Derek Stepan, Clayton Keller, Christian Dvorak, Oliver Ekman-Larsson the Coyotes are giving Gally an automatic top six spot and with no Claude Julien and Marc Bergevin breathing down his neck Gallchenyuk may be able to let loose and play the type of game he knows to play. Getting the veteran supervision of some key guys in Arizona this may be perfect for Gally. The positive though is that Domi will also be thrown into a top-six role, and surrounded by the fanatics of Montreal may be what Domi needs. Being in a hockey market is what Domi wanted and now he got it, so we’ll see how it works out. The win for Montreal is that they save 1.75 million in cap space as Domi was signed for 2 years at 3.15 AAV and Gally is still at 2 years for 4.9 mil AAV. Either way, you look at it, it is a hockey trade, but my personal opinion I’d rather have Gallchenyuk than Domi.

What went wrong: Arizona Coyotes 2017-2018

The Coyotes are yet again, like the Sabres on the chopping block for the wrong reasons. The Coyotes came into this season with higher expectations per say making a few defensive signings, signing a starting goaltender, getting Derek Stepan, things were for sure looking to be on the way up in Arizona. Unfortunately things did not pan out like that.

Arizona finished 29th in the NHL with 29-41-12, 70 points, 30th in goals for(206), 11th in goals against(251), a 16.9 power play percentage(26th), a 79.5 penalty kill percentage(19th). The Coyotes hit a late surge towards the end of the year where they stringed together some good wins that helped boost their confidence a bit and some of these numbers but overall a 29th place finish is not great. The things that went wrong for Arizona were…

What went wrong for Arizona…

(1) Lack of goal tending, again. Antti Raanta came in to be the starter he did great in New York filling in for Lundqvist when he was out but this year transitioning to the starting role was tough for Raanta, plus he was injured so the time he missed was crucial for Arizona. Although Raanta posted solid numbers through the 46 games he started, he was not there all season which hurt Arizona. Raanta year was filled with injuries, possibly a full year with Raanta starting 60 games will help but Raanta posted 21-17-6 with a 2.24 GAA. Due to the absence of Raanta and not having a viable back up tender, the Coyotes missed greatly on the goal tending aspect of things.

(2) Lacked depth /depth scoring. The Coyotes leading point scorer was a 19-year-old rookie who tallied 65 points in 82 games. After Keller was Stepan with 56 points in 82 games. Due to some players like Max Domi, Anthony Duclair(traded), Christian Dvorak these players were all suppose to be a bit more productive this season, rumors came out about trading Domi and Duclair. Duclair did get moved due to his lack of production, and Domi had yet another disappointing season with 9 goals and 45 points in 82 games. The Coyotes did end up also trading one of their top six forwards Tobias Reider, therefore depth was lacking immensely. The Coyotes really struggle with offensive depth because after Domi, Stepan, Dvorak and Keller the Coyotes have no one else to help out.

Jason+Demers+Arizona+Coyotes+v+New+Jersey+g2gDzVBYd_nl(3) Defensive signings did not pan out. Players like Jason Demeres, Niklas Hjalmarsson really sh*t the bed this season. Demeres coming from Florida and Hjalmarsson from Chicago had high expectations and were suppose to solidfy this top five with Oliver Ekman Larsson, Alex Goligoski and Jakub Chychrun but it did not work out that way. The Coyotes have the talent and tools on the back end, but it is not there yet. Plus OEL going -28 through the season does not help, and with all the trade rumors around him, Domi and Duclair it may have caused controversy in the locker room.

(4) A slow start and a start that consisted of a ton of road games. If you do not recall the Coyotes played 14 of their first 22 games on the road. They started the season 4-16-2 heading into the end of November that can cause a lot of problems and some players to not perform as well. This rocky start did not help the Coyotes get off on the right foot and when they did start winning games it was a little too late.

Will things be better next year?

Well probably not they are in a tough division and have no forwards to supplement their offensive needs. Richard Panik, Domi, Keller, Stepan, Dvorak and the coming of Dylan Strome will not be the answer to their problems. They have a ton of young talent on their roster and up and coming players. Plus a top five pick this season but they will not be much better next year. The big problem for Arizona is having 7 unrestricted free agents and 8 restricted free agents up coming. They have to make a decision on whether to resign Luke Schenn, Kevin Connuaton, Domi, Freddie Hamilton, Brad Richardson, Laurent Dauphin right now for the upcoming off season. With Dvorak, Brendan Perlini, Josh Archiblad, Nick Cousins, OEL, Chychrun and Hjamlarsson in the 2019-20 season.

899622832.jpg.0The Coyotes will probably be about the same next season around the basement, maybe a better season if Raanta can play a full year and they get some forwards in the off season or their young guys start to develop a bit more and see more production out of them, as well as their defense coming together and playing like the defense they should be. They have seven picks this year 3 coming in the third round and the #5 pick of the draft this year with sights set on landing Brady Tkachuk.