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Montreal Canadiens fantasy preview for 2019-20

Gallagher remains underrated right wing option; Weber, Petry valuable scoring defensemen who cover hits

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, the fantasy hockey staff identifies relevant players from the Montreal Canadiens. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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Carey Price, G (NHL.com rank: 46) -- The elite goalie finished tied for fifth in wins (35) and fourth in save percentage (.918) among goalies to play at least 50 games. It was a bounce-back performance for Price, who also had four shutouts, after a disappointing season (16 wins; .900 SV%, one SO in 2017-18). Fantasy owners can expect Price to finish among the 10 best at the position regardless of any team concerns.

Video: Top 10 saves of 2018-19: Price

 

Shea Weber, D (87) -- The veteran defenseman finished tied for eighth at the position with 14 goals despite missing 24 games last season. His five power-play goals were tied for fifth among defensemen, and he brought additional value in hits (129; 2.2 per game). If healthy, Weber has the ceiling to finish among the 10 best at the position and should be drafted in the middle rounds of standard, 12-team fantasy drafts.

 

Brendan Gallagher, RW (111) -- The right wing led the Canadiens with 33 goals last season, and his 302 shots on goal were sixth in the NHL. Gallagher only had seven power-play points but should revert closer to his 17 PPP from 2017-18 if Weber stays healthy for a full season. Gallagher should be targeted around top 100 overall, and his 1.5 hits per game last season give him a higher ceiling among forwards drafted in that range.

 

Max Domi, C/LW (134) -- The forward had a breakout season with an NHL career-high 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists), shattering his previous best (52 with Arizona Coyotes in 2015-16). His plus-20 was tied for 19th among all forwards, and his 61 even-strength points was tied for 13th in the NHL. Similar to Gallagher, Domi would also have a higher ceiling if the Canadiens power play improves from 30th in the NHL (13.2 percent).

 

Jeff Petry, D (226) -- Montreal's No. 2 defenseman is worth drafting in late rounds after finishing tied for 15th at the position with 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists). Petry brought valuable exposure to Montreal's forward group (23:07 per game) and remained fantasy-relevant after Weber's return from injury, scoring 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) over his final 58 games. Petry also provides strong coverage of hits (190; 2.3 per game).

Video: 31 in 31: Montreal Canadiens 2019-20 season preview 

 

Tomas Tatar, LW/RW (227) -- The wing had an NHL career-high 58 points (25 goals, 33 assists) and was plus-21 last season. Tatar was streamable for most of the season and has solidified a top-six and power-play role moving forward. He's worth drafting in the final round of fantasy drafts given his strong chemistry with Gallagher.

 

Jonathan Drouin, C/LW (231) -- The forward tied his NHL career-high in points (also had 53 with Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016-17) despite a decline in PPP (16; had at least 22 in each of prior two seasons). Even if Drouin continues to alternate between wing and center, he's worth drafting in deeper leagues and could continue to improve at 5-on-5 (NHL career-high 37 even-strength points last season; 24 in 2017-18).

 

Other players to consider in late rounds or off waiver wire: Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Phillip Danault, Ryan Poehling or Nick Suzuki, C

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