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We continue today our 2016-2017 preview of the Habs players with Tomas Plekanec !

2015-2016 season review : Tomas Plekanec had an average season in 2015-2016 for the Montreal Canadiens. His 54 points put him the 3rd best scorer for the team, but the problem for Plekanec was that he scored only 14 goals, his worst total since the 2013-2014 season. Plekanec also failed to be constant during certain periods of time during the season. Between February 12th to March 24th, he did not scored a single goal. He also had zero points in 7 consecutive games during the year. However, he manage to registe 54 points and keep his average of points to 50-60 since a couple of years. In the good news area, Plekanec was again a very reliant player for coach Michel Therrien in both power play and shorthanded situations. However, the stats of Pleky were not very good in both categories. He scored only one PP goal and no goals in shorthanded situations despite his constant used in these part of the games.

2016-2017 season preview : In 2016-2017, Tomas Plekanec will look like his team to rebound after some anomalies parts of his game in 2015-2016. As mentioned above, Plekanec had a tough season in specials teams plays. He will need to be better on power plays and on shorthanded situations if the Habs want to return to the playoffs in 2017. More constant play and no long slump will also be determinant to the Canadiens and Plekanec future in MTL for the next few years. With the emergence of Alex Galchenyuk at center and with some young prospects coming soon with the team, Tomas Plekanec cannot have another season like last year. He must show to the Habs that he still can be the constant and reliant player he used to be over the past years. If he could not do that, his future will not be in a Montreal Canadiens jersey.

Projection for Tomas Plekanec in 2016-2017 : 20 goals and 55 points.

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Sportsnet unveils national NHL brodcast schedules for 2016-2017 !

Sportsnet annouce today his national brodcast for the 2016-2017 NHL season. NHL action on Sportsnet will feature hockey on Wednesdays with Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, on Saturdays with Hockey Night on Canada and on Sundays with Rogers Hometown Hockey. The Montreal Canadiens will be shown 32 times during the season. (6 times on Wednesdays, 21 times on Saturday HNIC and 5 times on Sunday Rogers Hometown Hockey)  Fans will also could watch the Habs in french on TVA sports every Saturday night and for the home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All the others games beside saturdays will be carry by RDS.

Here a link for more details and for all the dates and teams involved :

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We continue today our preview of the 2016-2017 NHL season with a team from the atlantic division : The Toronto Maple Leafs !

Head coach : Mike Babcock (2nd season)

Assistants coaches : Jim Hiller, D.J Smith, Andrew Brewer.

Goaltending coach : Steve Briere.

General Manager : Lou Lamoriello (2nd season)

Last season record : 29-42-11 = 69 points (16th in Eastern Conference, 8th in Atlantic Division, 30th in NHL)

2015-2016 summary : The Maple Leafs were the worst team in the NHL in 2015-2016. The team finished last in almost all of the categories. (28th in goals for, 27th in goals against, 30th for home record and 27th for away record.) The Leafs cleary said at the beginning of the season that they were a club in rebuilting and the fans must be patient. This is exactly what happen for the Leafs. However, some players found a way to stand out for Toronto during this tough year. PA Parenteau, Leo Komarov, Morgan Rielly and young William Nylander all had good season for TO and the Leafs would have been even worse without their success. We cannot say the same thing for goalie Jonathan Bernier, Joffrey Lupul, James Van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak who all had a terrible season for the Maple Leafs. With a season like that, the Maple Leafs had the unique chance to have the first pick at the 2016 NHL draft and they select Auston Matthews who should help the Leafs to be better next season...

2016-2017 season preview : Better days are coming for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016-2017 ! With the addition of Auston Matthews and the emergence of young players like William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Nikita Zaitsev, the Leafs should be better this season. However, this team is still in rebuilting mode and they have a lot of work to do before thinking at the playoffs. They don't really improve their lineup this summer beside the addition of goalie Frederick Andersen and fourth liner Matt Martin. Andersen will be the number one goalie that the Leafs desire since a long time and Martin will be a nice addition to the bottom six. However, the Leafs will count a lot on Auston Matthews and their young players to win some games in 2016-2017. Matthews will be a star for Toronto and in the NHL, but maybe not in his first season. The Maple Leafs will gave him a lot of ice time and that should help him to adapt quickly to the NHL, but do not expect miracles from Matthews and the Leafs in 2016-2017. They will be better, but still far away from a playoffs spot.

Projected rank for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016-2017 : 15th in Eastern Conference, 8th in Atlantic Division = 75 points

Projection for some players :

Auston Matthews : 25 goals and 45 points

Tyler Bozak : 15 goals and 40 points

James Van Riemsdyk : 30 goals and 60 points 

Nazem Kadri : 20 goals and 50 points

Morgan Rielly : 12 goals and 40 points

William Nylander: 20 goals and 40 points

Frederick Andersen : 22 wins

Garret Sparks: 12 wins

Projected lines for the Toronto Maple Leafs :

1st line : James Van Riemsdyk- Auston Matthews- William Nylander

2nd line : Leo Komarov- Nazem Kadri- Mitch Marner

3rd line : Milan Michalek- Tyler Bozak- Zach Hyman

4th line : Matt Martin- Peter Holland- Connor Brown

1st defense pairing : Morgan Rielly- Nikita Zaitsev

2nd defense pairing : Jake Gardiner- Matt Hunwick

3rd defense pairing : Martin Marincin- Roman Polak

Goalies : Frederick Andersen- Garett Sparks

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