Will Mike Hoffman Follow in the Footsteps of Jonathan Drouin?

Published July 20, 2023 at 8:12
BY ELLIOT BEN JACOB
The situation with the Montreal Canadiens is likely to give Martin St-Louis some serious headaches when the team's training camp begins next September.

Kent Hughes still hasn't helped his coach, while there are currently 15 forwards in the lineup vying for the 12 regular spots that are available.

We could even add the possibility of seeing one or two prospects from the organization potentially causing a surprise, like Owen Beck, Sean Farrell, Joshua Roy, and even Lias Andersson.

In short, as they say in Quebec, there will be a crowd at the mass, and unfortunately for the organization, veterans like Mike Hoffman and Joel Armia may be surplus to the team's roster.


Is it possible that number 68 will follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Drouin from last year?

As Charles-Alexis Brisebois from DansLesCoulisses has aptly illustrated, it's quite likely that the 33-year-old forward could be placed in the stands for the first games of the season, as Drouin did, to make room for the youngsters in the lineup.

Unlike last year when the Canadiens wanted to boost Hoffman's value by giving him quality playing time and opportunities to showcase himself, the next season is likely to be different.

We've clearly seen that nobody wants him, and even with the maximum chances and time on the power play, he severely disappointed with his poor performance.

St-Louis will have to make some very big decisions during the next season, as he will have to deal with an obvious surplus of players, while having to prioritize the development of the young players.

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DO YOU BELIEVE THE CANADIENS SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT OUT MIKE HOFFMAN'S CONTRACT THIS SUMMER?
JULY 20      93 ANSWERS
YES5963.4 %
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