The season is less then a week away, so I've decided to make a team preview for the Montreal Canadiens. Key New Additions: Brian Gionta, Mike Cammelleri, Scott Gomez, Jaroslav Spacek, Hall Gill Key lost: Saku Koivu, Mathieu Schneider, Alex Kovalev, Mike Komisarek Goalies: Our top two goalies are Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak. Price will be the starter again this season, he'll need to rebound from last year debacle he had mid-way through the season. He has a lot to prove, but in my opinion he can do it. He hasn't looked amazing in pre-season, but he's looked pretty good and he's made some key saves. His rebounding control seems to be better as well. If the Canadiens want to have major success then everything will be on Price shoulders. It's a lot to ask for a young goalie, but I think he can handle the pressure. He has to use his body to his advantage, make himself look big. The glove needs to be really good as well, because players know that was a weakness in the past. Halak is arguably the best back up in the league, he can come him and steal a game if he needs to. He just needs to be more consistent that's all. I know it's hard because he only plays a limited of games. It won't surprise me though if he gets traded mid-way through the season. Defense: Markov will be the leader on defense again this year, he's a top ten defenseman in the league, he usually defends the best players in the league. He will be relied upon again this year. The Habs lost Komisarek, which to me is a big lost because he blocked a lot of shots and delivered a lot of hits. But the Canadiens did add two players in Gill and Spacek. I was never a fan of Gill because he never used his body size to his advantage but he played really well in the playoffs last season so hopefully he keeps it up this season. Spacek brings a wicked slap shot from the point, he should be really valuable from the point on the powerplay. The defense looked lost at times during the pre-season, they will need to gel together if they want success. A wild card for this defensive core is Weber, if he can make the team and not commit to many mistakes, he might be a real valuable player. Forwards: The Habs did lose their Captain and their most valuable player this off-season, but they signed three guys that can put the puck in the net. Cammelleri scored 39 goals last season, he will relied upon to put up similar numbers. Gomez is a strong center that the Habs have been lacking for years, he will need to play like he did in New Jersey a year before he signed with the Rangers. Then you have Gionta, a lot of people think he's slowly declining, but I have confidence that he can rebound from last year and have a good year. One player that is going to need to step it up is Plekanec, the Habs decided to give him another chance this season, he'll need to perform to the level he did two years ago. Same thing with Andrei Kostysyn, he has one of the best slap shots in the league he'll need to use it to his advantage. I'm expecting big things from Latendresse and Lapierre this year, they showed last year that they belong in the league, they just need to take it a step higher, especially Guillaume. Hopefully Laracque will be healthy this season, we need to be the enforcer again this year, we have a lot of small players on this team, so bigger teams like the Flyers and Bruins will take advantage, if that's the case you send Big Bad George on the ice and you send them a message, Montreal has a good balance of four lines this year. Coach: Jacque Martin, I've never been a fan of his and his system. I think he's more defensive minded, which might help the team, but he needs to let the scores do their thing as well. It's been proven on many occasions on his resume that his system never truly had success. I know he had a few good seasons with the Senators, but he never won the Stanley Cup, which to me is having success. Should be an interesting story behind the bench that's for sure. Hopefully he has tons of success. I can't really give any predictions for this team this season, I expect them to be better then last year and I expect them to make the playoffs again this season. But like I said earlier, the biggest piece of the puzzle for the Canadiens to have success is Price in my opinion. I just believe that a lot of hockey so called analyst will be wrong about the Habs this season and they'll surprise a lot of teams once again this year. Just like they did two years ago when they finished atop the Eastern Conference standings.