The leaders of the Canadian have promised changes.
They have fulfilled their commitments so far.
Therefore, it is time to put a different team on the pitch, a formation that has changed its image for a few months.
Training camp will not offer any major surprises as the attack has already undergone major changes: the arrival of Sean Monahan, Kirby Dach, Evgenii Dodanov offers another dimension to the top teams’ attack and gives Martin St-Louis more options.
One question: will Juraj Slafkovsky be able to force the hand of the decision makers and get a regular position?
Or will we take advantage of a context in which, with the team having little chance of achieving the unthinkable, we better not rush his entry and give him the opportunity to develop his game?
The most intense fight, we will discover it with the defensive brigade.
It is often said that the Canadian’s greatest hopes are found among the defenders.
We expect a close fight. Mike Matheson, David Savard and Joel Edmundson already have their place in the locker room. But, there will be four positions to fill.
The decision makers will have to make the right decisions although they will establish, as Kent Hughes has pointed out on a few occasions, a schedule between Montreal and Laval to ensure that the young players can play as often as possible and benefit from the development programme. .
It is the post-Price era that is beginning.
Some names: PK Subban, Loui Eriksson, Anton Strälman, Danny DeKeyser, Calvin de Haan, Antoine Roussel. What do these players have in common? They still haven’t found a taker for next season.
However, they are free as the wind. DeKeyser and de Haan have earned invitations to attend NL training camp. But that PK Subban is still out of a job, he’s still amazing,
But, in fact, is it so surprising?
You no longer have the resources to find yourself in the upper part 4 of a team’s defenders. He didn’t break anything during his time in New Jersey, quite the opposite.
Some GMs have no interest in signing a 33-year-old with a rather controversial past.
Subban made his fortune during his time in Montreal. After all, didn’t he win the Norris Trophy? But over the years he got worse.
Will you receive an invitation to participate in a training camp?
We doubt it.
The Others: Strälman no longer has the speed to parry the opponent’s attacks. DeKeyser and de Haan are seen as defenders who can, on occasion, help a team plug a hole in the game. upper part 4 from defense.
Antonie Roussel? It has character.
Quebecers who shine
Some notes on the different training camps of the National League teams and information on some skaters from Quebec.
First-round pick in the last draft, Nathan Gaucher was quick to drop his cover letter in a game against the rookie Arizona Coyotes.
This should please Patrick Roy, his trainer with Quebec Remparts. The former goalkeeper did not stop praising the talent of the young player…
In Edmonton, we wonder if Xavier Bourgault won’t change the plans of the Oilers’ decision makers,
Last year with Shawinigan Cataractes, he had a solid season and quickly rose through the prospect evaluation for the Alberta team.
Ken Holland doesn’t have the reputation of welcoming a player to the NL roster before spending a season in the American League. Except that he refrained from any comment on the Bourgault case…
Will Samuel Poulin take advantage of some changes from the Penguins to earn a spot in the squad’s attacking group? There are one or two vacancies for every four candidates…
William Dufour has had good times in the QMJHL and is one of the top prospects for the New York Islanders. However, with Lou Lamoriello you have to be patient and the Islanders have made very little change in their attack…
a dangerous game
David Pastrnak wants to spend his entire career with the Boston Bruins. Mathew Barzal sings the same refrain, stating that he has no intention of playing for any team other than the New York Islanders.
Question: Do the Bruins and Islanders organizations have the same intentions?
Absolutely, instead Lou Lamoriello is known for not throwing his money out the window and, in Boston, Cam Neely and Don Sweeney have changed their philosophy to respect reality. Charlie McAvoy was awarded a $9,500,000 deal. Unheard of with the Bruins.
The start of training camp is fast approaching. Pastrnak will be able to take advantage of his unrestricted free agent status at the end of the season, and Barzal will be a restricted free agent with the right to arbitration.
An organization never sends a good message to other NL players when it prolongs talks about a new deal, especially negotiations involving the team’s best players.