Forward lines and defense pairings
Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Byron
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko
Jakub Jerabek, Joe Morrow
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Nikita Scherbak – knee, Al Montoya – concussion, Artturi Lehkonen – lower-body, Jonathan Drouin – lower-body
With the Canadiens firing on all cylinders against the visitors from Motor City, there were plenty of bouquets to be awarded after the game. But it provided an opportunity to bust one of the many Montreal myths that are so easily passed about as if they are gospel.
While the Canadiens have been one of the best teams at identifying amateur talent, there hasn’t always been proper follow through due to non-hockey considerations. In addition, the recent trend towards trading high-value picks has hurt the prospect pool.
As far as the development of Canadiens prospects, Sylvain Lefebvre and his coaching staff have been highly respected by the players who have made their way through the AHL system. But the Canadiens organization has done a poor job transitioning prospects to the NHL level. The obstacles placed in the paths of young players were particularly insurmountable during the Michel Therrien regime.
On Saturday night, three prospects developed by the Canadiens in the AHL played key roles in the dominating win.
Daniel Carr had a goal and two assists for three points and was a plus-3. In the two games since his recall, Carr has four points averaging 11 minutes of icetime. In Laval this season, Carr has 19 points in 20 games including 12 goals (third in the AHL.)
Habs fans mocked the choice of Jacob De La Rose to step in to centre the Canadiens top line with Jonathan Drouin missing two games due to injury. De La Rose has been outstanding posting points in consecutive games. On Saturday, De La Rose had a goal and two assists for three points and a plus-4.
Charles Hudon has been given every opportunity to prove himself since the first day of training camp. While Hudon has struggled at times with the strength and size of NHL players, his offensive returned against the Red Wings. Hudon had a goal and an assist on Saturday which followed his third goal of the season on Thursday night.
These players, Carr, De La Rose and Hudon received the tutelage of Lefebvre and his staff. When given a legitimate opportunity to show their full talent, each player has delivered.
This should give Canadiens fans hope for the future for players now learning their craft in Laval such as Michael McCarron, Noah Juulsen, Nikita Scherbak, Brett Lernout, Charlie Lindgren and Michael McNiven.
▲ Paul Byron, Jacob De La Rose, Alex Galchenyuk, Daniel Carr, Shea Weber, Jordie Benn, Victor Mete, David Schlemko, Carey Price, Nicolas Deslauriers