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The Canadiens training camp is underway, and that cool, breezey autumn air is on its way. Major additions include Daniel Briere, who I suspect we'll see deployed on the first line, and George Parros, who is currently injured but will add some much needed punch to Montreal's forward units. Alex Emelin will be missing on the back end, as a knee injury will keep him out until December or January. Doug Murray will slot in and likely get 4/5 minutes in Emelin's absence.

Guys to keep an eye on? Well, it will be interesting to see how Murray does. He really looked out of gas for Pittsburgh in the playoffs. David Desharnais is looking to bounce back from a disappointing year, and Alex Galchenyuk is poised to continue to grow into the star so many hope he will be. While many want to see him at centre, the Habs have a glut, for the first time in a while, with Desharnais, Lars Eller and Tomas Plekanec all up the middle. Look for Galchenyuk on the wing. 

My darkhorse candidate to make the team? Christian Thomas. I've only seen him play a couple of times, but he's been a ball of energy and has fantastic hands, as his father did. The Canadiens gave up a prospec tthey'd been high on in Danny Kristo to get Thomas, so look for him to be given a long look. Even if he doesn't make the cut, I believe he'll be an NHLer one day. Jarred Tinordi is also in line for an NHL job, and didn't look out of place in the playoffs. Nathan Beaulieu could also challenge for a spot on defence.

We're pretty close to pre-season action, and the season is only three weeks away. Not a bad time of year, eh? 

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Da lil Guy's avatar

Good to read you again, UC. Looking forward to renewed and fired up Sens/Habs rivalry!

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/13/13 at 04:35 AM ET

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Thanks DLG. Should be a much better rivalry this year. Parros will spice it up, as will Bobby Ryan. I’m thinking good things for both teams this year.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 09/15/13 at 08:34 PM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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