Based on what exactly? Montreal has a really solid top 9 with Caufield, Suzuki, Toffoli, Anderson, Gallagher, Hoffman, Drouin, Evans, Armia.
They lost Weber, but he was playing on one ankle with a wonky knee and a bad wrist. They still have Edmundson, Petry, Chairot in their top 4 D with one of Savard or a more experienced Romanov slotting in.
then you have the goaltending tandem of Price and Allen. You’ll have the coach there from day 1 instead of halfway through the season. And hopefully they won’t get shut down with covid again.
They’re in tough division but