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

Can you take the Montreal Canadiens to glory with this roster?


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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: 23
Role: Sniper
Height: 183cm
Weight: 92kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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: 33
Role: Two-Way
Height: 193cm
Weight: 104kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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: 31
Role: Hybrid
Height: 191cm
Weight: 97kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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 Gallagher

84

Two-Way Right Wing

175cm

26

Right

89 Aggressiveness. 88 Slap Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Offensive Awareness, Deking, Hand-Eye, Puck Control

Max Domi

82

Left Wing Playmaker

178cm

23

Left

88 Deking, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility

Jeff Petry

82

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

30

Right

88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking. 87 Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Strength, Durability, Slap Shot Power

Tomas Tatar

82

Left Wing Sniper

178cm

27

Left

89 Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Joel Armia

80

Two-Way Right Wing

191cm

25

Right

88 Balance, Strength. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Karl Alzner

80

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

29

Left

90 Durability, Discipline. 88 Strength

Phillip Danault

80

Two-Way Center

185cm

25

Left

86 Defensive Awareness, Endurance, Balance

David Schlemko

80

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

31

Left

87 Slap Shot Power. 86 Wrist Shot Power, Speed, Acceleration, Stick Checking

Andrew Shaw

79

Right Wing Grinder

180cm

27

Right

90 Aggressiveness. 87 Speed, Agility, Acceleration, Body Checking

Tomas Plekanec

79

Two-Way Center

180cm

35

Left

87 Stick Checking. 85 Defensive Awareness, Poise, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Xavier Ouellet

79

Defensive Defenseman

185cm

25

Left

87 Shot Blocking. 85 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength

Charles Hudon

79

Sniper Center

178cm

24

Left

87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Artturi Lehkonen

79

Left Wing Sniper

183cm

23

Left

95 Discipline. 88 Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Victor Mete

79

Two-Way Defenseman

175cm

20

Left

90 Discipline. 87 Speed, Acceleration

Noah Juulsen

78

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

21

Right

86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Durability, Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Endurance, Speed, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking

Jordie Benn

78

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

31

Left

88 Shot Blocking. 87 Stick Checking, Balance, Strength, Aggressiveness

Simon Despres

76

Defensive Defenseman

193cm

27

Left

88 Aggressiveness. 85 Strength, Body Checking, Slap Shot Power, Balance, Stick Checking

Jacob de la Rose

76

Two-Way Left Wing

191cm

23

Left

87 Balance, Strength, Body Checking

Nicolas Deslauriers

76

Left Wing Grinder

185cm

27

Left

90 Fighting Skill, Strength, Aggressiveness

Antti Niemi

76

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

35

Left

84 Angles, Speed, Agility

Nikita Scherbak, Right Wing, 76 OVR

Age: 22
Role: Right Wing Playmaker
Height: 188cm
Weight: 87kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: 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 Kotkaniemi

66

Two-Way Center

188cm

18

Left

Elite med

Jesse Ylonen

62

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

18

Right

Top 6 med

Jacob Olofsson

60

Two-Way Center

188cm

18

Left

Top 9 med

Cameron Hillis

60

Playmaker Center

180cm

18

Right

Top 9 med

Allan McShane

59

Playmaker Center

178cm

18

Left

Top 9 low

Cole Fonstad

58

Playmaker Center

178cm

18

Left

Bottom 6 med

Samuel Houde

52

Playmaker Center

180cm

18

Left

Bottom 6 med

Joni Ikonen

60

Two-Way Center

178cm

19

Right

AHL Top 6 low

Scott Walford

59

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

19

Left

Top 6 med

Josh Brook

61

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

Cale Fleury

61

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

Jarret Tyszka

61

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

19

Left

Top 6 low

Nick Suzuki

67

Playmaker Center

178cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

Hayden Verbeek

61

Two-Way Left Wing

175cm

20

Right

AHL Top 6 med

Michael Pezzetta

62

Grinder Center

185cm

20

Right

Bottom 6 med

William Bitten*

63

Two-Way Center

175cm

20

Right

Top 9 med

Alexandre Alain

62

Two-Way Center

183cm

21

Right

AHL Top 6 med

Michael McNiven

64

Hybrid Goaltender

185cm

21

Left

AHL Starter med

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

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