It is not easy to prepare young players for the National Hockey League in these times of pandemic. For Francis Bouillon, player development coach for the Montreal Canadiens, the situation requires imperfect solutions, but which still do the job.
“With what we’re going through right now, I spend a lot more time at home when I am usually on the road to meet our young people. So I call the guys to help them from a distance. Obviously, this is not ideal, but we have a job to do. We have to help them stay positive and get through the situation, ”Bouillon said Wednesday by videoconference.
Assigned more specifically to the development of defenders, Bouillon still finds a way to follow the evolution of the hopes of the Habs. As is particularly the case with defender Kaiden Guhle, the Canadiens’ first choice in the last draft.
“Ordinarily, I would have visited him two or three times already. I spoke with one of our scouts out west who followed him a lot and with Trevor Timmins. I saw clips on the youngster, I also spoke to him on the phone a few times. “
“Sure that’s a bit of value. We like to be close to our players to follow the development and build a relationship. I would have liked to meet him before. But it’s coming. I heard that good things about this player. I can’t wait to get back to the usual process. ”
Bouillon will be able to bet on the Junior World Championship to see the progress of Guhle and other hopes of the Canadian.
“Usually, when we have players, we move. This year it will be different. But we will do what we can do and we will follow him on television to do the evaluations. There are adjustments to be made. ”
See the interview with Francis Bouillon in the video above.