The Montreal Canadiens suffered through a pretty brutal season last year. They finished with a record of 31-35-16, good enough for 78 points and last place in the Eastern Conference. They were 19th in goals per game, 20th in goals allowed per game and 28th in power-play percentage.
Those numbers might be enough to convince some people that the Canadiens are a long way off from making it back to the playoffs.
I say not so fast.
They did end up second in the league in penalty killing, they were able to re-sign young goalie Carey Price and spent six of their seven draft picks on forwards. Once they are mixed in with key youngsters like P.K Subban on defense and Max Pacioretty, this team will climb the standings quickly.
However, they will have to overcome some pretty talented teams to do so.
Here's a look at who the Canadiens will be have to unseat if they want to make it back to the playoffs.