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The Montreal Canadiens are the latest team to get their individual NHL Expansion Draft strategy explained. Check out division rival Florida’s here.The Montreal Canadiens will be exploring their NHL Expansion Draft strategy all throughout this month. They’ve been doing it probably since last June.Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien watches play from behind the bench (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)Now Youth Ty Montgomery #88 Jersey , I’ll help understand what the Canadiens might (and should) do with their NHL expansion draft protection slots. There’s not a ton of hard decisions for Montreal.Still, it will be interesting to see how Montreal protects, as they fully transition from Michel Therrien‘s system to Claude Julien. Julien was hired in February of this year but didn’t have a full season to make his impact. Now the team is his, and he will be fully involved in protection and the NHL Expansion Draft.Now the team is his, and he will be fully involved in protection and the NHL Expansion Draft. Will he protect physical guys like Andrew Shaw or skill guys like Paul Byron?Next: Montreal ForwardsMontreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) during the third period (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)M is for Man Advantage which relies on ForwardsApplicable Forwards: Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty, Andrew Shaw, Brendan Gallagher, Torrey Mitchell, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault Womens David Bakhtiari #69 Jersey , Daniel Carr, Chris Terry, Jacob De La Rose, Alexander Radulov, Alex GalchenyukMore from Puck ProseMontreal Canadiens Sign Defensive Prospect Stefan LeBlanc1 d ago2017 NHL Playoffs: How the Montreal Canadiens Improve in Off-Season6w agoMontreal Canadiens’ Radulov Reviving NHL Career Prior to Free Agency7w agoMontreal Canadiens Officially Clinch NHL Playoff Spot9w agoMontreal Canadiens: Case for the Stanley Cup10w agoGuaranteed: Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, Phillip Danault, Alexander RadulovI believe a lot of forwards on this Canadiens roster are guaranteed protection spots in this NHL Expansion Draft. Including an unrestricted free agent and a guy who was hurt a few times this season.Let’s start with Montreal’s captain, Max Pacioretty. Patches is 28 and on a manageable contract until 2019. After that, he’s likely to be re-signed.He’s scored 30 or more goals the last four seasons. The last season he didn’t was the lockout shortened one.Even before that, he was putting up 30. Pacioretty is quietly one of the best goal scorers in the NHL.Brendan Gallagher is the 25-year-old home-grown pest for the Montreal Canadiens. He’s developed a history of injuries over the last few years Womens Aaron Rodgers #12 Jersey , but he remains a constant net-front threat.He scored 10 goals in 64 games last season. He remains a fan favorite in Montreal, so he’s unlikely to be moved.Danault and RadulovPhillip Danault is a dynamic young center for the Canadiens. He’s making under a million next year and after will be a restricted free agent. His full season last year included time at first line center.He will likely line up at a top 6 position to start the season. He’s young and skilled and the Canadiens need more of that.Alexander Radulov is currently an unrestricted free agent, but he came to Montreal for a reason. He’ll likely stay in Montreal for more money next year, as he proved himself to be an incredibly valuable asset, even at 30.He was third on the team in goals and second in scoring, and he’s a dynamite right wing for the Canadiens, who have a need there. Even if he’s still a free agent come NHL expansion draft time, he’ll be safe.canadiensPuck Prose 1 dMontreal Canadiens Sign Defensive Prospect Stefan LeBlancMore headlines around FanSided:2w – Toronto Maple Leafs: Leafs to Host Rookie Tournament6w – New York Rangers: 5 Resons They Defeated Montreal in Round 16w – 2017 NHL Playoffs: How the Montreal Canadiens Improve in Off-Season6w – New York Rangers vs. Canadiens Game Six Live Stream, Pregame Notes6w – New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens Game Five Live Stream Info and NotesMore News at A Winning Habit Highly Likely: Andrew Shaw, Paul ByronAlright, this first one has to do with some of my own biases David Bakhtiari Home Game Jersey , but I will back it up with fact.Shaw became my favorite player as a Blackhawk, though he’s since been surpassed.Now, to back that up. He posted 55.1 Corsi% in 5-on-5 situations this season.That’s above Montreal’s average Corsi last season by nearly 4%. That’s without the power play.And he started most of his shifts in the defensive zone. That means he found ways to help get the puck back and converted it into scoring chances.Shaw is more valuable than just a 3rd line grinder. His 29 points in 68 games are just a sign of things to come.Paul ByronPaul Byron was second on the team in goal scoring last year. The Canadiens coaching staff was able to instruct him on how to finish the multitude of breakaways Byron is able to get, and it made him a different player.He had 43 points in 81 games, and he found a way to add assists. Byron actually had nearly as many assists as he had goals. He had 6 game-winning goals for Montreal, as well as one short-handed. Again, goal scorer extraordinaire for the Canadiens.Maybe: Alex GalchenyukGalchenyuk seems to have haters amongst Montreal fans. Still, the center is a great young player. He’s like Phillip Danault if everybody in Montreal thought Danault developed wrong. Last season, Galchenyuk had 30 goals. He had 44 points this season.He’s a restricted free agent this year, and he’ll need to get a pay raise. But he’s a player who should slot into the top 6 as well. There are other teams that would give anything for a player like Galchenyuk.Which means the Canadiens may be able to find a return for him if they want to trade him despite his potential.Next: Canadiens DefensemenFlorida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) plays the puck against Mon. Jean-Gabriel Pageau Jerseys Kyle Turris Jerseys Logan Brown Jerseys Mark Stone Jerseys

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