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Pre-season thoughts and the Habs get underway

It's been a long summer, but Les Glorieux are gearing up for another run at number twenty five. A few quick thoughts as things get going:

  • Max Pacioretty is a perfect fit as captain. Brendan Gallagher, PK Subban, or Tomas Plekanec could also have been a fit, but Max will do the 'C' proud
  • Alex Galchenyuk is here, folks. Get ready for the Habs centre of the future to hit the ground running
  • Alex Semin will be the steal of the summer, and pot 30 for the Habs
  • Tomas Fleischmann will make the team
  • Carey Price will be a Vezina contender when all is said and done in 2016
  • Nathan Beaulieu is going to open many eyes as he emerges as a top-3 defenceman
  • Greg Pateryn is here to stay

We'll see what surprises training camp has in store (Lars Eller on the wing, perhaps?) but for now, those are my views as we drop the puck. 

And now, back to the pennant race. 

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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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