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Montreal Canadiens fantasy preview for 2018-19

Price bounce-back candidate; Petry deep sleeper with Weber injured

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, the fantasy hockey staff identifies relevant players from each team for 2018-19. Today, we look at Montreal Canadiens players, listed in order of rank in NHL.com's top 250. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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Carey Price, G -- It has been quite a fall from fantasy grace for Price compared to last season, when he was the first goaltender taken on average in Yahoo leagues (average draft position: 5.9). But fantasy owners should never completely overlook an individual player of his caliber. He has four seasons of at least 34 wins and a .918 save percentage in his NHL career. But the injury timetable for top defenseman Shea Weber (knee surgery) and the trade of top forward Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights are big blows to Montreal's bounce-back appeal. Price is a risky No. 2 fantasy goalie option, even if available outside the top 100 overall.

Video: MTL@TOR: Price shuts down Kadri with his blocker

 

Brendan Gallagher, RW -- Even in a forgettable season when Montreal's three best players dealt with injury, Gallagher returned fantasy value and proved to be one of the most underrated category coverage assets in the NHL. He finished 91st overall in Yahoo last season with NHL career highs in goals (31), points (54), power-play points (17) and shots on goal (278). The fact Gallagher put up those numbers without a clear No. 1 center shows he has the self-sustainability fantasy owners crave. You can snatch Gallagher in late rounds as a potential right wing bargain from a team mostly overlooked by fantasy owners.

 

Jeff Petry, D -- With Weber expected to be out until mid-December, Petry is the favorite to take on the veteran's heavy workload, which includes first power-play usage. Petry's plus/minus (minus-30; minus-101 in NHL career) makes him a liability in standard leagues (he isn't ranked in NHL.com's top 250), but he has plenty of value in a points-only format. Filling in for Weber last season, Petry broke out for 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) and 23 PPP, shattering his previous NHL career highs (28 points, seven PPP in 2016-17).

 

Max Domi, C/LW -- The Canadiens acquired Domi from the Arizona Coyotes in a trade for center Alex Galchenyuk on June 15, and each player can benefit from a change of scenery. Domi remains among NHL.com's top 250 rankings because of his age (23) and room for improvement in shooting percentage (6.0; tied for third lowest among forwards with at least 150 SOG). Domi will play in Montreal's top-six forward group, likely on the top line with center Jonathan Drouin after the Pacioretty trade, and has a decent floor in four of the six standard categories.

Video: ARI@LAK: Domi beats Campbell with slick backhander

 

Other players with fantasy upside in late rounds or off waiver wire: Jonathan Drouin, C; Tomas Tatar, LW/RW; Jesperi Kotkaniemi , C; Shea Weber, D (INJ.); Nick Suzuki, C; Victor Mete, D

INJ. - Injury concern entering 2018-19

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