2011 NHL Playoff Fantasy: A Look at the Montreal Canadiens

For those of you who have just been embarrassed in your hockey pools this season, the playoffs represent a chance at redemption. They offer a chance to show your friends and fellow poolies that you actually know something about hockey. A playoff pool is a chance to make up for the questionable decisions you made prior to the regular season.

There’s one problem though. You’re a homer. You can’t help but pick players from your favorite team.

In some instances, it pays off. Choosing Price this year got you a Goalie who led the league in wins.

Sometimes it doesn’t work out so well however. Thanks a lot Scott Gomez.

For those Habs fans out there who just can’t resist taking players from their favorite squad, here’s a look at some Habs players that may help you come out on top of your playoff pool.

First Choice: James Wisniewski

Wisniewski has been dynamite for the Habs since they traded for him earlier in the year. In 43 games for the Canadiens, Wisniewski has scored 30 points. He plays on the first wave of the power play, and is leading his team in ice time.

Second Choice: Mike Cammalleri

Last season, Cammalleri had some trouble coming back from an injury. But started to round into form towards the end of the season, and then went on to score 13 goals in 19 games last spring. This season, he had some difficulty coming back from an injury, but has now scored six points in his last six games. He looks like he’s primed for another big performance.

Third Choice: Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta has been a Bruin killer this year. In six games against Boston this season, Gionta has five goals and one assist. Aside from his superior level of play against the Habs first round opponent, he has shown that he’s capable of performing in the second season. In 19 games last year, Gionta had 15 points. The Habs captain is a proven winner and should be able to serve as a safe pick for your playoff pool.

Sleeper Pick: Mathieu Darche

Darche has been surprisingly effective as Max Pacioretty’s replacement. The hometown boy has scored five points in his last six games and seems to have brought Scott Gomez back to life. Darche will probably slide pretty far in any draft, so he could be a steal for anyone daring enough to choose him.

Stay Away: Benoit Pouliot

Sta away from Pouliot. Despite occasionally being given top six minutes, Pouliot has failed to perform in any pressure situation. He’s pointless in his last nine games and has a grand total of two points in his 19 playoff games. You’ve been warned!

Caution:

The Habs have had difficulty scoring in five on five situations this year. We all know that less penalties are called in the playoffs, so Habs players might have some difficulty racking up points. Also, I would caution against choosing Price. There are other goalies who represent more of a sure thing, like Niemi for example.