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17 Jan 2019

NHL 19: Montreal Canadiens Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

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Jonathan Drouin, Center, 84 OVR

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Shea Weber, Defenseman, 87 OVR

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Carey Price, Goaltender, 92 OVR

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NHL 19 Montreal Canadiens Roster

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Nikita Scherbak, Right Wing, 76 OVR

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NHL 19 Montreal Canadiens Top Prospects

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The Montreal Canadiens have been in turmoil for some time now, especially with their last remaining star skater Shea Weber suffering long-term injury setbacks. But, they’ve still got Carey Price in goal, so they’re always in with a chance of winning games. With some decent young players and value in the veterans, this Habs team looks perfect for a tear-up and rebuild on NHL 19. In real life, they’ve done well to be in contention for a wild card place just past the halfway point in the season. 

Jonathan Drouin, Center, 84 OVR

Age: 23Role: SniperHeight: 183cmWeight: 92kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 93 Deking, Agility. 92 Acceleration 

The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect wing turned into Montreal’s top center through necessity, but certainly still plays like the goal-seeking sniper that he has always been. Last season, he clocked in 13 goals and 46 points through 77 games. This season, he’s spent more time on the left wing, bolstering his numbers to 13 goals and 34 points 46 games. In NHL 19, his lofty skating, shooting, and puck skills attributes make him a very good wing.

Shea Weber, Defenseman, 87 OVR

Age: 33Role: Two-WayHeight: 193cmWeight: 104kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 95 Slap Shot Power. 93 Strength. 92 Body Checking, Balance 

Shea Weber is the Habs’ premier skater, by far the best on the team, but could only muster 26 games in 2017/18 due to injuries. His troubles continued into this season too, but he has since tallied 12 points in 22 games. At 33-years-old, Weber still boasts a great deal of trade value in NHL 19, but he is by far the best defenseman for the Canadiens.

Carey Price, Goaltender, 92 OVR

Age: 31Role: HybridHeight: 191cmWeight: 97kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 95 Endurance. 94 Stick Low. 93 Rebound Control, Five Hole 

With an overall rating of 92, Carey Price is the best goalie in NHL 19. Last season, he posted some immense performances to get points for the Habs in games that they simply didn’t deserve to win. With a very weak team lacking any presence up the middle and devoid of strong defensemen, Price’s stat line slumped to a career-worst line of a 3.11goals against average and .900 save percentage. In NHL 19, he’s invaluable.

NHL 19 Montreal Canadiens Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Montreal Canadiens’ first lines start. With Shea Weber injured at the start of the season, the defensive lines look even weaker, but there is some upside in the speed and skill of the three forwards. But, with this as the team’s top line, and the team having very little depth to speak of, there’s a lot of work to be done before the Habs become competitive in NHL 19.

Max Domi (82) – Jonathan Drouin (84) – Brendan Gallagher (84)David Schlemko (80) – Jeff Petry (82)Carey Price (92)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Brendan Gallagher84Two-Way Right Wing175cm26Right89 Aggressiveness. 88 Slap Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Offensive Awareness, Deking, Hand-Eye, Puck Control
Max Domi82Left Wing Playmaker178cm23Left88 Deking, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility
Jeff Petry82Defensive Defenseman191cm30Right88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking. 87 Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Strength, Durability, Slap Shot Power
Tomas Tatar82Left Wing Sniper178cm27Left89 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Joel Armia80Two-Way Right Wing191cm25Right88 Balance, Strength. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Karl Alzner80Defensive Defenseman191cm29Left90 Durability, Discipline. 88 Strength
Phillip Danault80Two-Way Center185cm25Left86 Defensive Awareness, Endurance, Balance
David Schlemko80Two-Way Defenseman185cm31Left87 Slap Shot Power. 86 Wrist Shot Power, Speed, Acceleration, Stick Checking
Andrew Shaw79Right Wing Grinder180cm27Right90 Aggressiveness. 87 Speed, Agility, Acceleration, Body Checking
Tomas Plekanec79Two-Way Center180cm35Left87 Stick Checking. 85 Defensive Awareness, Poise, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Xavier Ouellet79Defensive Defenseman185cm25Left87 Shot Blocking. 85 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength
Charles Hudon79Sniper Center178cm24Left87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Artturi Lehkonen79Left Wing Sniper183cm23Left95 Discipline. 88 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Victor Mete79Two-Way Defenseman175cm20Left90 Discipline. 87 Speed, Acceleration
Noah Juulsen78Two-Way Defenseman185cm21Right86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Durability, Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Endurance, Speed, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking
Jordie Benn78Defensive Defenseman188cm31Left88 Shot Blocking. 87 Stick Checking, Balance, Strength, Aggressiveness
Simon Despres76Defensive Defenseman193cm27Left88 Aggressiveness. 85 Strength, Body Checking, Slap Shot Power, Balance, Stick Checking
Jacob de la Rose76Two-Way Left Wing191cm23Left87 Balance, Strength, Body Checking
Nicolas Deslauriers76Left Wing Grinder185cm27Left90 Fighting Skill, Strength, Aggressiveness
Antti Niemi76Hybrid Goaltender188cm35Left84 Angles, Speed, Agility

Nikita Scherbak, Right Wing, 76 OVR

Age: 22Role: Right Wing PlaymakerHeight: 188cmWeight: 87kgShoots: LeftPotential: Top 6 med

Given the state of the team and the decent potential of Nikita Scherbak, those who take on the Habs in NHL 19 should look to get the young Russian wing into the team in the first season. With decent shooting numbers, 87 agility, and 88 speed and acceleration, Scherbak is quite user-friendly from the get-go. 

The Montreal Canadiens have huge holes in the defense and at center, so it should come as no surprise that their prospect pool of 18 players has 12 centers and four defensemen. Unfortunately, not many of them have what it takes to become the top-class players that the Habs need, with the exception of the newly drafted Jesperi Kotkaniemi and traded-in Vegas prospect Nick Suzuki. 

NHL 19 Montreal Canadiens Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Jesperi Kotkaniemi66Two-Way Center188cm18LeftElite med
Jesse Ylonen62Two-Way Right Wing185cm18RightTop 6 med
Jacob Olofsson60Two-Way Center188cm18LeftTop 9 med
Cameron Hillis60Playmaker Center180cm18RightTop 9 med
Allan McShane59Playmaker Center178cm18LeftTop 9 low
Cole Fonstad58Playmaker Center178cm18LeftBottom 6 med
Samuel Houde52Playmaker Center180cm18LeftBottom 6 med
Joni Ikonen60Two-Way Center178cm19RightAHL Top 6 low
Scott Walford59Two-Way Defenseman185cm19LeftTop 6 med
Josh Brook61Two-Way Defenseman185cm19RightTop 6 med
Cale Fleury61Two-Way Defenseman183cm19RightTop 6 med
Jarret Tyszka61Defensive Defenseman188cm19LeftTop 6 low
Nick Suzuki67Playmaker Center178cm19RightTop 6 med
Hayden Verbeek61Two-Way Left Wing175cm20RightAHL Top 6 med
Michael Pezzetta62Grinder Center185cm20RightBottom 6 med
William Bitten*63Two-Way Center175cm20RightTop 9 med
Alexandre Alain62Two-Way Center183cm21RightAHL Top 6 med
Michael McNiven64Hybrid Goaltender185cm21LeftAHL Starter med

*William Bitten traded to the Minnesota Wild on October 3.