As part of NHL.com’s 31 in 31 series, fantasy hockey staff identify relevant players for the Montreal Canadiens. For more coverage visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to Podcast NHL Fantasy on Ice.
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Shea Weber, D (99) – Eighth among NHL defensemen in shots on goal (185) and tied for 33rd in hits (112) last season, Weber scored 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 65 games. It is worth being selected from the top 20 at the position and could finish even higher with its coverage in the elite category.
Brendan Gallagher, RW (110) – Fifth in goalscoring (86) and second in shots on goal (806) in the past three seasons, Gallagher has scored 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games last season and is expected to be selected in the top 100 of the general classification. . He will have more competition for points this season after the additions of attackers Tyler Toffoli and Josh Anderson but should always finish higher based on category coverage.
Jeff Petry, D (139) – With 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in 71 games last season, Petry has established consistency with at least that many points and 11 goals in three consecutive seasons and remains a safe selection in the top 150 of the standard 12-team leagues. .
Nick Suzuki, C / RW (156) – After an impressive rookie season with 41 points (13 goals, 28 assists) in 71 games and seven points (four goals, three assists) in 10 playoff games, Suzuki is expected to make Montreal’s top six and his first unit. numerical advantage. . With solid placement and an unknown cap, Suzuki could be the most valuable forward for the Canadians in fantasy this season.
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Tyler Toffoli, LW / RW (161) – After a season where he scored 24 goals in 68 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks, Toffoli agreed to a four-year contract with Montreal on Oct. 12 and could skate on the front or second row. He should be among their top scorers this season.
Tomas Tatar, LW / RW (164) – The Canadiens’ top scorer last season with 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 68 games, Tatar struggled in the playoffs with two goals in 10 games. The addition of Toffoli and Anderson could hurt their share of points this season, but Tatar remains a safe selection with double eligibility outside of the top 150 in the standard 12-team leagues.
Other players to consider in late rounds or out of waiver thread: Jake Allen, G. (206); Joel armia, RW (209); Josh Anderson, RW (223); Jonathan drouin, C / LW (231); Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C (N / R)