Any optimism surrounding the Canadiens begins with that group.
"Our young leaders have gained a lot of experience thanks to playing in big games, playoff games, and having a certain degree of success in the playoffs," Therrien said. "I think those young leaders have progressed over the past three years, and that's encouraging."
Here are four reasons for the Canadiens to be optimistic:
The wall in goal: The most common criticism of the Canadiens is that they are overly reliant on goaltender Carey Price.