Thursday, June 17, 2010


Alright let me start by saying that in NO WAY do I think that the Habs got the long end of the straw in this deal. Halak goes to St. Louis and we get Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. Halak just carried this team on his back through two playoff series', and helped us beat two of the best teams in the NHL. Because of Jaro, we went on the most convincing cup run this cup starved city has seen since '93. So the return for this special goaltender is underwhelming. However, the deal is done, so let's talk about what it can do for the habs.

Lars Eller is a former 13th overall pick, one of the highest draft picks we will have in our system. While Eller hasn't been a bombshell anywhere he's played lately, when a guy is picked 13th overall there is a reason he went so high. I'm sure we will see some offensive benefits from Eller in the near future. He made his NHL debut last season with the Blues and netted 2 goals in 7 games. Look out...

As far as Schultz goes, I don't really know anything about him. He's a 20 year old who has played a few seasons in the WHL. I'm predicting a good sized dude who can throw a punch, and whose little offensive prowess in the juniors never comes to fruition in the NHL...a la Gregory Stewart. Here's to hoping i'm wrong...

Either way, what's done is done, we'll find out how things turn out on the ice next year.

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