The disaster that was the 2011-12 season is now in the past.
Now that the lockout is over, the Montreal Canadiens can attempt to start climbing back from their basement apartment in the Eastern Conference.
The Canadiens have a new general manager in Marc Bergevin and a new head coach in Michel Therrien. This should help the team get rid of the dark cloud that hung over the franchise last season.
As bad as the Canadiens were last year—with their 31-35-16 record—it may be difficult for many fans to remember that they were a playoff team in 2010-11. That season, they extended the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins to overtime of the seventh game before falling short.
The talent level on this year's roster is probably closer to that of a playoff team than a last-place team. However, while they have added grit to their roster, it will still be a struggle to get back to the playoffs.
Here is a look at the depth chart for the 2012-13 version of the Montreal Canadiens.