Christian Dvorak Will Be A Good Addition To The Montreal Canadiens

Christian Dvorak
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MAY 05: Christian Dvorak #18 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on May 05, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Christian Dvorak Will Improve The Montreal Canadiens

A little over a week ago, the long rumored trade involving forward Christian Dvorak finally went down. He was heading to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2022 first rounder either the Canadiens or the Carolina Hurricanes, whichever is better, AND a 2024 second round selection.

The Canadiens decided not to match the offer sheet from the Canes for Jesperi Kotkaniemi. They did manage to get the draft picks as a return, and then traded them to the Coyotes to add Dvorak to the Montreal roster.

Christian Dvorak Adds Strength To The Offense And Defense

Dvorak has shown he’s a 200′ player and comes to work with his lunch pail in hand ready to get the job done. He’s not fancy or especially quick, but has good hands and is tougher than nails.

According to he is pegged to line up with Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher. That’s pretty good company and he is also on the Habs second line. It appears that good things are coming Dvorak’s way.

Christian Dvorak has gathered 67 goals, and 79 assists in 302 NHL games. He is helpful on the power play with 19 tallies and 15 assists. He has 10 game winning goals and is a decent 13.6 percent shooter. What’s not to like?

Dvorak Is A Two-Way Player

To every coach’s best dream, Dvorak plays excellent defense, and can score and be a playmaker. He is also very adept in the faceoff circle winning 51.5 percent of the draws. Faceoffs sometimes get ignored, but when a game in on the line, winning the draw gives a team a strategic advantage. If there’s a faceoff especially in the offensive zone near the end of a tight game, Dvo’s number will be called.

Where Christian Dvorak Fits In With The Canadiens

Dvorak is a skilled playmaker and will fit in nicely in Montreal. One of his adept qualities of late has been in the shootout. Last season for the Arizona Coyotes he was four-for-four in the shootout, displaying a nifty backhand style reminiscent of Radim Vrbata.

Most any team would salivate over adding a player like Christian Dvorak to their team. He is great in the locker room, and a super teammate. Former teammate Jakob Chychrun was especially saddened by his buddy Dvo leaving.

Let’s face it, Dvorak can play on the penalty kill, power play, and 5-5 with the best of them. The Canadiens had to give up drafts picks to get Dvorak. But with the likes of 21-year-old Nick Suzuki (15-G, 26-A) and 20-year-old Cole Caufield (4-G, 1-A in 10 games) their young talent is duly represented.

Dvorak Adjusting To The Craze Culture In Montreal

“That’s definitely something I’m very excited about,” Dvorak said in a virtual media availability. “They love their hockey there in Montreal. We all know that. Fans love the team a bunch. So definitely very excited to see that up there and hopefully help them win some hockey games.”

The only concern may be the hyped media circus in Montreal. In Arizona Dvorak was the quiet guy who did interviews but wasn’t that enthused about it. In fact, if you view footage of the player, he hardly ever displays any emotion even when scoring a huge goal.

It won’t be long and he may even learn French.

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