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The Canadiens struggled on offense last year. They were ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference in goals scored.
However, the Canadiens have a nice set of top six forwards. Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta can score 30 goals at their best, and Tomas Plekanec racked up 70 points in his finest year.
Erik Cole was a good acquisition for many reasons. Not only does he have offensive skills, but he is one of the best two-way forwards in the league. In addition, Max Pacioretty showed some promise in the 2010-11 campaign.
The only worrisome player in the Canadiens’ offense is Scott Gomez. Gomez’s production has been disappointing, especially for the amount of money the organization is paying him.
The defensemen the Habs possess have some good offensive skills. Andrei Markov, when healthy, is a perennial 45-point scorer. Montreal’s offense missed Markov a lot last year, when he missed some time due to a knee injury.
In addition, P.K. Subban had a stellar rookie campaign. Subban was ranked third among rookie defensemen in total points last year and first in goals.
Barring any major injuries, expect the Canadiens offense to be lethal this year, especially on the power play with Markov returning to the lineup.