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Brandon Prust is the only sure thing on the Canadiens' fourth line.
LW: Brandon Prust
C: Ryan White/Gabriel Dumont
RW: George Parros/Travis Moen
Biggest Question Mark: Who suits up on a night-to-night basis?
If the Montreal Canadiens group of forwards is completely healthy, Brandon Prust will likely be the odd-one-out who is forced down to the fourth line. He'll also be the first one to get bumped up when injuries do occur.
But again, when completely healthy, Prust is about the only sure thing to suit up on the fourth line on a nightly basis. The other two positions are up for grabs.
The Canadiens' surprised their fans by re-signing center Ryan White, who is coming off a season in which he was in Michel Therrien's doghouse on numerous occasions. He will battle with Gabriel Dumont for first crack at centering the Canadiens' fourth line in 2013-14.
White and Dumont play different styles of hockey. White is your classic fourth-line center, a grinder who plays with physicality but doesn't have much touch around the net. He can be an effective, high-energy player who can get under the skin of his opponents.
Dumont is a solid defensive forward who can also score. He finished last season tied for the lead in Hamilton Bulldogs' scoring with 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 55 games. Dumont also had a goal and two assists in 10 games with the Habs.
The other fourth-line related question is how much playing time Michel Therrien will give newly-acquired enforcer George Parros.
The Habs are in dire need of physicality in their lineup, and sending Parros out on a nightly basis will serve as a reminder that opponents won't be taking liberties with Montreal's smaller forwards next season. However, it is possible that Michel Therrien will prefer to play him only when Montreal is facing the league's more physical teams.
That leaves us with Travis Moen. The 32-year-old veteran appeared in 45 games last season, but was largely ineffective. He recorded just six points, was a minus-4, and killed penalties on a Canadiens' unit that ranked 23rd in the NHL.
Moen will serve as solid forward depth for the Canadiens, but could find himself watching from the press box to start the season.