The Habs jumped out to a great start this season with a stellar October and have been receiving contributions from throughout the line. Picking just three stars for the month is a tall order, but our HabsWorld readers were up to the task. Their choices reflect the diversity of the difference makers for Canadiens this young season, with two forwards a defenceman and goalkeeper making the grade.
First Star: Shea Weber
The big defenceman came exactly as advertised, playing big minutes and bringing a business-like attitude to the rink alongside his booming shot from the point. Weber plays in all situations and has proven an effective addition on the power play, getting his big shot through to the net on a consistent basis. He was among the league leaders in plus/minus and d-man scoring for October, giving Montreal fans plenty to cheers about, and making him a strong choice for the month’s first star.
Stats: 9 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 PTS, +12 rating
Second Star: Carey Price
After missing the first three games of the season fighting a nasty bout with the flu, Price returned as though he didn’t miss a beat. The Canadiens’ best player and the most dominant goalie in the world was just that after returning to the line-up, posting sparkling numbers and exhibiting a calm demeanour that seems to permeate throughout the club. With Price in goal the team is in every game and if he stays healthy they are a team to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.
Stats: 5 GP, 5-0-0, 1.40 G.A.A., 0.954 SV%
Third Star: Alexander Radulov
The KHL star has been just what the doctor ordered for the Habs’ top-six, bringing creativity and tenacity to the group on a nightly basis. Radulov brims with emotion every game and consistently brought a strong work ethic to the rink. He landed on the top line with Alex Galchenyuk near the end of the month and their growing rapport could mean big things for the Canadiens’ offence, and plenty of three star selections in the future.
Stats: 9 GP, 2 G, 5 A, 7 PTS, +3 rating
Honourable Mention: Torrey Mitchell
Mitchell’s great speed and strong work ethic have made him a staple on Montreal’s penalty killing unit in addition to his role as a key member of one of the NHL’s best fourth lines. He’s been able to chip in with some timely scoring, contributing to the club’s scoring depth.
Stats: 9 GP, 4 G, 0 A, 4 PTS, +5 rating