Plugging Holes - Montreal Canadiens
The Hole: A big forward
Notwithstanding their playoff success, the Canadiens had exactly the kinds of problems last season you would expect from a team with a severely undersized first line. The Canadiens excelled at four-on-four hockey, outscoring their opponents 11-4, and had the second-best power play in the league, behind only the Washington Capitals. But they got pushed around in five-on-five situations, getting outshot by a terrible 263 shots (better than only the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers, two teams in the NHL draft lottery). Plus, their 130 goals at five-on-five were dead last in the NHL. Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta provide more than enough skill, but having a guy who can create space as well as bring a scoring touch would be great.