With the retiring of Alexander Ovechkin and the age of Max Pacioretty, the left-side of the team will have to rely on younger player soon. In the past year, we tried to draft well at this position
1. Philip Kurashev 28 years old, 6ft, 209lbs, LW-RW (Switzerland)
Acquired : Signed as a free agent in the summer of 2027, drafted #20 in 2018 by Tampa Bay, 6.1 millions per year
Last season : With Rangers, 10-17-27 -11.
In a move to renforce the left side of the team, we signed him to a 7 years contract, and planning to build the first line around him. Despite a deceiving season last year, he has three 20 goals seasons. He won the Cup back in 2021, and had been involved in a trade who saw Ryan McDonagh moved from NYR to TBL
2. Joona Viljanen, 25 years old, 5.9ft, 187lbs, LW (Finland)
Acquired : Drafted #92 in 2020 by Montréal, 3.8 millions per year
Last season : With Montréal, 10-14-24, -14.
Mainly played as a third liner and sometimes on the PK, he has an interesting set of offensive abilities to go with his high level of defensive qualities. Scouts compares him to Taylor Hall. He his a two-way forward.
3. Eriah Lamoriello, 24 years old, 5.10ft, 191lbs, LW (Minnesota, USA)
Acquired : Drafted #86 in 2021 by Montréal, 2.3 millions per year
Last season : With Montréal, 8-12-20, -5.
A defensive forward who played on the 4th line and on the penalty kill since joigning the team. He put up good numbers in the AHL, and he has a great pass, and can clearly find you on the ice. He'll see his icetime rise soon.
4. Max Pacioretty, 38 years old, 6.2ft, 213lbs, LW (Connecticut, USA)
Acquired : Drafted #22 in 2007 by Montréal, 8 millions per year
Last season : With Montréal, 34-42-76, + 26
Team captain since I joigned the club in 2017, he now sits at 522 career goals, and 1106 points. He surpassed Henri Richard for the number of games played with the team. His best season was in 2017-2018, where he did 38-53-91 to win the Lady Bing, the King Clancy, the Hart trophy, and named on the 1st All-Star team. He added to his collection the 2024 Conn Smythe, the year we won the cup, and the Lady Bing the very next year. In his journey, he also got nominated as best player of the team 9 times, won the 2020 World Cup and the 2022 gold medal in the Olympics. Finally, he has two 40 goals seasons in career : 44G, 84P in 2023-24 and 43g, 88P in 2025-2026.
5. Tyler Weiss, 27 years old, 6ft, 176lbs, LW-C (North Carolina, USA)
Acquired : Drafted #29 in 2018 by Montréal, 2.8 millions per year
Last season : With Montréal, 18-32-50, -15
The first pick I made in my GM role, he reminded us Max Pacioretty. The two-way forward is not the fastest, but have great technicals habilities. He teared up the AHL, and was the first real star of the new Laval Rockets, with seasons of 72 and 107 points. In the NHL, he hasn't really been consistent, his best season being in 2024-2025, where he had 28-48-76. So far, he scored 354 points in 493 games. He won the Bronze in the 2019 WJC U20. He also won the 2024 Lady Bing trophy, another reason why Montreal's reporters kept comparing the two players.
1. Stephen Russell, 22 years old, 6.2ft, 187lbs, LW(Alberta, Canada)
Acquired : Drafted #30 in 2023 by Montréal, plays with Laval in the AHL
Last season : With Laval, 38-36-74, +27
A two-way forward who was a scoring machine in his WHL journey with Portland, and so far, he have 142 points in the AHL. Definitly a long-term project, but he may crack the roster one day.
2. Giancarlo Mahalak, 22 years old, 6.2ft, 178lbs, LW-RW (Illinois, USA)
Acquired : Drafted #61 in 2023 by Montréal, plays with Laval in the AHL
Last season : With Laval, 14-15-29, +21
Scouts sees him as a future 3rd line defensive forward, really fast and with some offensive upside. Another long-term project
3. Marcello Annis, 21 years old, 6.2ft, 220lbs, LW(British Columbia, Canada)
Acquired : Drafted #31 in 2024 by Montréal, plays with Laval in the AHL
Last season : With Laval, 1-1-2+6 in 14 games
A strong power forward, scouts sees him develop in a Max Jones type of player. This year gonna be is first full season as a pro, and we are hungry to see him grow.
4. Dylan Bast, 19 years old, 6.1ft, 194lbs, LW-C(Ontario, Canada)
Acquired : Drafted #73 in 2026 by Montréal, plays with Barrie in the OHL
Last season : With Barrie, 28-36-64, +16
A two-way forward, he has already nice technical habilites for his age. Let see if he will pan out.
5. Jared Wells, 19 years old, 5.11ft, 169lbs, LW-C-RW(Manitoba, Canada)
Acquired : Drafted #67 in 2026 by Montréal, plays with Kootenay in the WHL
Last season : With Kootenay, 34-43-77, +14
He need to muscle up, but he is a nice goal-scorer with 2nd round potential.