2018-19 to 2019-20: Pound for Pound

I did a fun little exercise with the Montreal Canadiens’ players data. Back on September 8th, the day before the team’s medicals to open training camp, I took a snapshot of the players’ weight. This information has now been updated and I’ve compiled for you, faithful readers, the differences for each player. Some have stayed approximately the same weight but others have gained or lost several pounds. For example, we knew that Jesperi Kotkaniemi had put on 14 lbs in the off season and so far, it seems to have slowed him down a bit, although we’re only in pre-season and it’s way too early to sound the alarm in his case… or anyone’s for that matter.

Here are the results for each player, individually, for your enjoyment. On the left side of the red line were the listed weights from last season. To the right, the new information updated on the Canadiens’ official website.

Riley Barber had put on 13 lbs from the same time last year and he now finds himself on waivers (as of September 24th). Surprisingly, Paul Byron has lost 5 lbs, which few of us thought he needed to lose. Dale Weise has shedded 10 lbs and Keith Kinkaid is 9 lbs lighter.

Please note that since I only want to go with the official team’s (NHL) numbers, I do not have the information about players like Nick Suzuki and Ryan Poehling, although those are likely available from other sources.

It will be interesting to see how this fluctuation affects, if any, some of the Habs’ players, at least for those who stick around. But before we judge, let’s wait for the season to be under way, shall we? Go Habs Go!

Habs 2019-2020 Pre-Season Key Dates

Finally! In just a few days, the Montreal Canadiens will dust off the cobwebs and get back into action after a long, long wait. It all starts with the annual rookie camp, which includes this year a rookie tournament. It is followed by the team’s annual golf tournament before the regular players get into action with the main training camp, including exhibition games.

Rookie Camp / Tournament

Here is the schedule for the rookies:

THU. Sept. 53:00 pmPracticeBell Sports Complex
FRI. Sept. 610:00 amPracticeBell Sports Complex
SAT. Sept. 711:15 amPracticeCAA Arena, Belleville
7:00 pmGame OTT vs HabsCAA Arena, Belleville
SUN. Sept. 811:15 amPracticeCAA Arena, Belleville
7:00 pmGame Habs vs WIN
MON. Sept. 9Annual Golf TournamentLaval-sur-le-Lac
TUE. Sept. 101:00 pmGame vs. U-Sports teamBell Sports Complex

How is invited, do you ask? Here’s the list released by the team:

Main Training Camp

The Canadiens will hold their annual golf tournament to benefit the Montreal Canadiens’ Children’s Foundation on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Club de golf Laval-sur-le-Lac. Media availability with players and management will start at 9:00 am.

The team’s main training camp will begin on Thursday, September 12, with players reporting for medicals and physical evaluations at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Training camp will run until Saturday, September 28. The Canadiens will play a total of seven preseason games, including the Kraft Hockeyville Canada game against the Florida Panthers on September 18, in Bathurst, New Brunswick. The Canadiens will also present their annual Intrasquad Scrimmage at the Bell Centre on September 15.

Let’s not forget that the team announce the Max Pacioretty trade on the morning of the golf tournament last season and as we’ve discussed before, Marc Bergevin could very well be waiting to pounce as other teams are trying to get under the salary cap. What will the roster look like? Your guess is just as good as mine.

Here’s the pre-season schedule for this fall:

The regular season will officially start in Carolina on Thursday, October 3rd and the Canadiens’ first home game will follow on Saturday, October 5th when they receive the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The wait is finally almost over! It’s time to get excited again as soon enough, we will be able to once again cheer on the most successful franchise in the NHL! Go Habs Go!