Summer Skate: Montreal Canadiens
Habs netminder should show improvement after a down year
- Francois Lacasse/NHLI/Getty ImagesCarey Price will enter the new season with plenty of room for improvement.
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, starting with the Montreal Canadiens. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Note: Due to the lockout, GVT scores for 2012-13 are prorated from 48 to 82 games.
Summer Skate -- Montreal Canadiens
The Habs had an impressive bounce-back season in 2013. They jumped from the basement of the Eastern Conference to finishing as a No. 2 seed. However, the playoffs were a different story as Montreal was eliminated in the first round by Ottawa.
The Canadiens have a good mixture of young players with veteran stars who are still in their prime. If goaltender Carey Price can rebound from a less-than-stellar campaign and their up-and-comers can reach full potential, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them back toward the top of the East again in 2013-14.
Trending up: G Carey Price
Last season: 0.9 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 5.5 GVT
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