It is unfortunate to see Mathieu Dandenault go down with a muscle tear which will keep him out of the lineup indefinitely.
However, Dandenault has never really lived up to the hype and expectations when arriving two summers ago. Dandenault a three time cup winner with the Wings was supposed to bring experience, speed and offense to the Habs blue line.
No one can doubt he is a fantastic skater with great speed but Dandenault has failed to really stand out as a player and is more or less content as an average 4th or 5th D-man.
Dandenault had a fresh start this year to prove he can do more. Until going down with his injury.
Last year he was described as offensively minded and could/would also fill in in the forward position. He was thrown around for the first half of the season and used on Forward as well as Defense which seemed to be confusing and do more harm than good.
Mark Streit will get his chance to do what Dandenault was always expected to do offensively for the Habs. His game is coming along and he had arguably one of the best training camps. Now it’s time to prove he deserves that roster spot full time.