The offseason that the Montreal Canadiens have put together lead me to make the conclusion that they are going to win this North division.
The Canadiens added Tyler Toffoli and Corey Perry via free agency. They acquired Jake Allen, Joel Edmundson, and Josh Anderson all via trade. The losses of the team were only Nate Thompson to free agency and Max Domi via trade.
The additions the team made improved the roster in all three aspects. Allen provides a well above average backup to Carey Price. Edmundson adds depth and size to the blueline. Throw in Toffoli, Perry, and Anderson to an already solid forward group. The Canadiens are one of the most improved teams of the offseason.
The trade for Josh Anderson is a big gamble for the organization. Anderson only had one goal in 26 games last season with Columbus. But Columbus was among the bottom 5 teams in the league in terms of goals scored per game. A change of scenery and some new linemates could prove to be what Anderson needs to take his game to the next level.
Tyler Toffoli is a proven 20 goal scorer as he has done so in four of his last six seasons. Corey Perry brings a little bit of everything in terms of physicality and grit to experience to the ability to put the puck in the net. This could also be the year that centers Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi elevate their games to the next level. Not to mention they still have their leading scorer from last year Tomas Tatar.
Throw it all together and pair it with the fact that Carey Price is still between the pipes this team can and will win this North division.