Max Pacioretty: Injury Sheds Light on the Montreal Canadiens’ Weakness at Wing

March 11th, 2011 by Mark Della Posta Leave a reply »
Max Pacioretty's injury has left a massive void on the Canadiens roster. Throughout last night's lackluster effort against the St. Louis Blues, Jacques Martin threw a number of players on Gomez's left wing, waiting for someone to emerge as a capable top six forward.

He started the game by giving Benoit Pouliot the job, a pretty logical choice when you think about it. The man has great speed, he's big, he's got a heavy shot and has shown some chemistry playing with Gomez and Gionta. It didn't work. He didn't last through the first period.

With Pouliot demoted, Martin decided to give Andrei Kostitsyn a chance. Like Pouliot, Kostitsyn has blazing speed. He's a physical specimen and has one of the most lethal shots in league. Kostitsyn has also shown that he can completely dominate a game with his offensive abilities. Not last night.

After these two failed experiments, the team's options at wing don't seem to get any better. In fact, if you start to look at the organization's depth at the wing position, there doesn't seem to be any help coming anytime soon.

The team currently has two bona fide top six wingers. Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gi ...

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