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Habs Daily: Canadiens Mid-Season Report, NHL Draft Rankings



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Here’s all the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed on Thursday.

Habs News

  • The Montreal Canadiens have reached the halfway point of the season, which means it’s the perfect time to take an honest look at how things are progressing in the team’s rebuild.  [Canadiens Mid-Season Report And Reality Check]
  • Even though the Canadiens are overachieving this year, there are still healthy odds the team ends up with a good draft pick. On that note, the NHL’s Central Scouting released their mid-year rankings yesterday. [Top 3 Reasons The Canadiens Could Still Improve NHL Draft Odds]


  • The PWHL continues its successful inaugural season. Not only has the hockey been excellent, but ticket sales have been incredibly encouraging.

  • Emil Heineman made an immediate impact upon returning to the AHL to play for the Laval Rocket.


National Hockey Now Network

  • The Colorado Avalanche are once again pondering whether they should acquire forward Sean Monahan from the Canadiens. The difference this year is that Monahan, as of right now, is actually healthy. At this time last season, Monahan was injured, and the question was whether or not he would get back and play before the deadline. [Colorado Avalanche]
  • The Florida Panthers are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, thanks in great part to the scoring prowess and all-around play of Sam Reinhart. Reinhart, 28, is a pending free agent at the end of this season, and as he continues to score at a rapid pace, his future with the Panthers has become a central talking point around the NHL. It did not take long for the news that Toronto was signing William Nylander to an eight-year contract worth an average $11.5 million that the focus turned to Reinhart. [Florida Panthers]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins will close out the first half of their 2023-24 schedule with a game against Carolina at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday night. Odds are that, regardless of how they fare against the Hurricanes, the Penguins will be sitting outside the Eastern Conference playoff field when that game is over. And even if things would break just right for them and they would return home with a hold on the second wild-card berth in the East, it would only be because of they’d have an edge in a tiebreaker, not a clear advantage in points. [Pittsburgh Penguins]