Hertzberg will likely have a chance
to play on the teams' number 1 line
with Leblanc & Chouinard
1- Add an impact winger: Vincent addressed this need by adding Viktor Hertzberg who has 36 points through 31 games played.
2- Add goaltending depth: Vincent obviously felt comfortable with his current tandem and didn't feel the need to make any trades involving his goaltenders.
3- Add a fourth line energy player: Vincent addressed this need by trading for Raphael Pouliot, a 6'4" 205 pound winger. He has collected 70 penalty minutes this year and has 8 fighting majors.
Here's a summary of the Juniors trade activity:
1. Montreal acquired Raphael Lemieux from Shawinigan in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2011 (Cap) + a 5th round pick in 2011 (Mtl).
2. Montreal acquired Jean-Laurence Beauchemin from PEI in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2011 (BaC).
3. Montreal acquired Alex Lemieux from Halifax in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2012 (Mtl).
4. Montreal acquires Viktor Hertzberg from Cape Breton in exchange for Denis Kindl + a 2nd round pick in 2012 + a 1st round pick in 2013.
Here's a nerdy fact:
Hertzberg, Lemieux and Beauchemin each wore #27 with their former clubs. Montreal's scouts must have a preference for that number! Sherbatov wears #27 in Montreal.
Now let's turn our attention to the new-look roster which coach Pascal Vincent can tap into heading as the Juniors head into the playoffs. I've listed the line combinations that I'm expecting to see. Keep in mind the "X / extra" players will find themselves being substituted onto the 3rd and 4th lines and as the 5th and 6th defenders:
1 - Hertzberg (19) / Leblanc (19) / Chouinard (20)
2 - Lefebvre (19) / Gouchie (20) / Parkes (19)
3 - Fontaine (19) / Aubry (19) / Rose (19)
4 - Pouliot (19) / Anderson (19) / Laflamme (17)
X - Sherbatov (19), Lemieux (18), Hari (18), Clarke (17)
1 - Roussel (19) / Meilleur (20)
2 - Landry (19) / Ouellet (17)
3 - Provost (18) / Narbonne (18)
X - Micallef (18) / Beauchemin (19)
1 - Berube (19)
2 - Marcoux (17)