3 Fantasy Hockey Standouts Playing for the Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens, Nick Suzuki #14 (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Montreal Canadiens, Nick Suzuki #14 (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

The Montreal Canadiens have been a surprisingly relevant team this season, both in terms of competitiveness and fantasy hockey.

From a win-loss standpoint, the Habs are 8-6-1 entering Tuesday’s action and are on a three-game winning streak. Impressively, the Canadiens find themselves above perennial contenders like the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins in the standings.

While Montreal as a whole has been a pleasant surprise, I’ve been particularly inspired by some of its young stars. I’m talking about players that have emerged as must-have options in fantasy hockey this season.

The Canadiens have several roster-worthy fantasy hockey players.

Each of the following three players is operating in point-per-game territory. They’re also among the team leaders in ice time, power play points, and plus-minus. The following are three players that have become fantasy hockey threats for the Canadiens.

Kirby Dach

The first-year Canadiens forward is third on the team in points with 14 (four goals and ten assists). In only 15 games, here is halfway to his offensive total from a year ago, which also happened to be his career-high.

No Montreal forward has more assists than Kirby Dach, and at only 21 years old, this is just the beginning of his career as a fantasy hockey threat. If you’re in a league that uses a keeper system, this could be an under-the-radar candidate to hold onto for years to come.

Cole Caufield

Also at 21 years old is Cole Caufield. Last year with the Canadiens, his first full year in the NHL, he recorded 23 goals and 20 assists for 43 points. So far this season, he has scored nine goals to go with seven assists for 16 points, second on the team.

I think it’s safe to assume at this point that you can trust Caufield moving forward. He was impressive last year, and he’s over a point per game this year. As Montreal continues to get better as a team, I expect Caufield’s potential to skyrocket.

Nick Suzuki

The youngest captain in Montreal Canadiens history is showing exactly why he was given the C for this team. Nick Suzuki is leading his club in goals (ten) and points (19).

His 19 points in 15 games are attractive from a fantasy standpoint, but his goal total is what sticks out to me. It’s not exactly what he’s been known for in his young NHL career, but it means big points for your fantasy lineup, especially with three of his markers coming on the power play.

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These aren’t the only players leading the charge for Montreal, but if you’re looking to make a move in your fantasy hockey league, these are guys worth taking a look at.