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Predicting the opening lineup for the 2018-19 season

With training camp wrapped up, the Montreal Canadiens have a few more roster decisions to make ahead of their season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It’s moments in the year such as these where fans and those who write about hockey (or professional sports in general) rack their brains the most. The preseason is over, training camp is over, and the regular season is days away from starting. But there’s still a final question many teams, including the Montreal Canadiens, haven’t answered yet. Who made the team?

Sunday saw the Habs place Michael Chaput and Kenny Agostino on waivers as well as assigning Charlie Lindgren to the Laval Rocket. Including injured players in Shea Weber, David Schlemko, Andrew Shaw, and Nicolas Deslauriers, the team currently has 28 players with them.

Forwards: Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Tatar, Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin, Max Domi, Joel Armia, Artturi Lehkonen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Paul Byron, Charles Hudon, Tomas Plekanec, Matthew Peca, Jacob de La Rose, and Nikita Scherbak.

Defence: Victor Mete, Noah Juulsen, Jeff Petry, Karl Alzner, Mike Reilly, Xavier Ouellet, Jordie Benn, and Simon Despres.

Goaltenders: Carey Price and Antti Niemi.

Easy pickings as far as those who will be defending the net for the Montreal Canadiens. There was a battle for the backup position between Lindgren and Niemi, but the youngster didn’t stand out well enough to grab the spot. That’s not to say he played poorly. At this stage in his development, getting starting minutes in the AHL will be more beneficial instead of getting backup starts. Next season should see Lindgren take that spot behind Price.

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