Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, starting with the Montreal Canadiens. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Note: Due to the lockout, GVT scores for 2012-13 are prorated from 48 to 82 games.
Summer Skate -- Montreal Canadiens
The Habs had an impressive bounce-back season in 2013. They jumped from the basement of the Eastern Conference to finishing as a No. 2 seed. However, the playoffs were a different story as Montreal was eliminated in the first round by Ottawa.
The Canadiens have a good mixture of young players with veteran stars who are still in their prime. If goaltender Carey Price can rebound from a less-than-stellar campaign and their up-and-comers can reach full potential, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them back toward the top of the East again in 2013-14.
Trending up: G Carey Price
Last season: 0.9 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 5.5 GVT