Six Montreal Canadiens players have received qualifying offers

Published July 26, 2021 at 2:53 PM

Marc Bergevin has submitted six qualifying offers to the following players (RFA): Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, Michael Pezzetta, Ryan Poehling, Otto Leskinen and Michael McNiven. Obviously, KK, Lehko and Poehling are the most important pieces among the "qualified" list.

Kotkaniemi is the best of this group, even though he once again had a rollercoaster season and playoffs. In 56 regular season games he had 20 points, while in the playoffs he had eight points, including five goals, in 19 games.

In the case of Artturi Lehkonen, he was scratched of the lineup a few times, but he still collected 13 points, including seven goals, in 47 games. During the playoffs, he made the red light go off three times, plus an assist, in 17 games.

For the other four, Pezzetta, Poehling, Leskinen and McNiven, only Leskinen has played a game with the Montreal Canadiens this year. In that one game with the Habs, Leskinen got zeros all over the place as he was used for 16:23.
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