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Three Goalie Prospects Canadiens Could Target To Fill Need

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With the Montreal Canadiens looking to shore up their goaltending for the future, here are a few options they could target.

The recent news regarding Carey Price‘s health has done nothing but cast more uncertainty over the future of the goaltending position for the Montreal Canadiens moving forward. With Jake Allen set to become a free agent and only Cayden Primeau pro-ready goaltending prospect in the pipeline, the Canadiens could look to target some goaltending prospects throughout the season that could be given their chance with the Canadiens.

 

Dustin Wolf

Dustin Wolf could be stuck in an unfortunate numbers game in Calgary, with the club in win-now mode and having invested significant term and money in Jacob Markstrom to bring them to the promised land. With expensive contracts given to other veterans like Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri, time is of the essence for the Flames, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Wolf potentially used as trade bait down the line if the Flames want to add a piece for an eventual Cup run this upcoming season. Wolf has had a very good start to his pro career since coming over from the WHL and will be knocking on the door to the NHL sooner than some believe. The Canadiens and Flames have linked up a few times over the last few months in trades, so it wouldn’t be outlandish to see that partnership be rekindled, as Wolf would fit in exactly with what the Canadiens are looking for in a goaltending prospect of the future.

 

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen/Devon Levi

Both Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Devon Levi find themselves on this list, simply because, at one point or another, the Buffalo Sabres are inevitably going to decide which one is the heir apparent to the No. 1 goaltending position with the club moving forward. Levi is viewed as the goaltender having the highest potential in the organization, and among the most promising prospects in the NHL. Meanwhile, Luukkonen has worked his way up to through the minors for the last three years and looks ready to start getting meaningful games at the NHL level as early as this season. The Sabres will be looking to move up the timetable for their rebuild soon enough, as they finished last season incredibly strong and will look to finally qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. Either of these goalies could quickly become a target for the Montreal Canadiens should they be made available in a deal to bring in an impact veteran to the resurging Sabres to help them into the next phase of their rebuild.

Lukas Dostal

Lukas Dostal is perhaps not a known name yet in the NHL, but he soon will be. Since coming over from the Finnish Liiga in 2021, Dostal has put up some impressive numbers for the San Diego Gulls. He had some stiff competition this last year in the AHL and was especially impressive on an underwhelming Gulls, posting a 0.916 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average despite his team posting a points percentage well under .500. In his four games in the NHL last season, he looked like he belonged in the NHL and showed some promise moving forward. His only major problem with becoming a No.1 goaltender is that the Anaheim Ducks already have a very good one in John Gibson, who is under contract for another five years. It would be surprising to see the Ducks continue to toil in the bottom of the NHL standings with such an elite crop of young players coming in, and Dostal could be used as a trade chip to bring in some more talent to push the Ducks over the top. That is when the Canadiens could eventually strike to see if Dostal could be had.

Who do you think the Canadiens could target to help them shore up their goaltending position for future years?

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John Stone

why not give a chance to dichow or dobres ( sorry if that isnt his correct name) . Apparently theyre doing very Well in their respected leagues. And like i said before Primeau has the ability to be a starter in the NHL .. but we rushed him.. expected him to be a carey price outta the gate. He needs a couple more years of development In my honest opinion. Carey price being injured proved we inly had eyes for hiss horizon and no one else.. and last years season was a good example. So i also do agree to get some goalies in to fill the holes .. but Dickow and dobres seem like safe bets untill we can shed more cap space.

John Stone

i do agree.. but if they had been developed properly and not cast aside because of price singing that big contract under MB.. we prolly be singing a different tune at this moment in time..But i do agree with you.. dont get me wrong.. but if were going to be in the bedard sweepstakes whats the harm in trying them. Theyre playing for a draft spot and not a cup spot. this would be the best time to do so .. cuz u never know .. we may have a diamond in the rough with the goalies we have..

Richard Layne

An unsigned Erik Portillo could be better than Levi and UPL. He might be worth going after and add Wolf and the Habs could be awash with good goalies (once Allen leaves) not just Primeau

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