Drouin is good, but Montreal has now traded Subban and Sergachev in successive offseasons, and still don't have the center they really need. It seems like it would have made more sense to use Sergachev to go after a top center. Unless they think Drouin is that player.
I've seen people express that TB needed Sergachev but I wonder if Montreal might be needing him more.
is Montreal's top 4 d-men with no clear cut quality prospects in the pipeline.
He's not a 60-80 point player until...he actually scores 60-80 points. Small point, but a necessary one. I know he has the potential.
Another point I'd make is, if they do move Galchenyuk, they traded size upfront and replaced it with small. I thought the Habs wanted to get bigger?
I agree. I know I'm negative Nellie, but I'm very suspicious that this is the wrong destination for him. I just fail to see how the players on the Habs could possibly be a better compliment for him than those in Tampa.
You could argue usage and all that, but, well, I'm suspicious.
I think Tampa did a terrific job here and upgraded their team long term.
53 points in 73 games is "on pace" for 60. In his second full season in the league.
60+ is not impossible. 80 would be an outlier unless MTL seriously upgrades his line mates.
That said, I also don't think Montreal does this deal to acquire an American or a Russian, for example... The Francophone aspect cannot be overstated. It's not an "on ice" thing, but it is a thing for Montreal.