Jonathan Drouin is not having the best start to the season of his career, with just 14 points, including four goals, in 23 games. In his defense, it is also the case for several other players of the Montreal Canadiens. However, former Montreal goalkeeper coach Stéphane Waite added fuel to the fire on Monday.
“We even made pranks inside [du vestiaire], said Waite, during the most recent episode of the podcast “Zone Exit”, broadcast on 98.5 FM. We used to say in joke: let’s see, does Jo have a clause in his contract that [l’empêche] to score? Sometimes he had incredible scoring chances, but no, he was looking to pass. Looks like he’s looking for buddies on the team. “
Since his arrival in Montreal in the summer of 2017, following an exchange bringing him to La Belle Province in return for defender Mikhail Sergachev, the Quebecer has not been able to surpass many of his personal peaks, established in his last campaign with the Florida club. In 2016-2017, he had blackened the score sheet 53 times, including 21 times by shaking the ropes.
He was able to tie his mark of 53 points, in 2018-19, but in eight games more than he needed in Florida. He has also never reproduced the 21 goals of this campaign, his best result in Montreal being 18. The pandemic, injuries and personal problems have slowed down the 26-year-old athlete in his last two seasons, he who has failed. hasn’t crossed the 10-goal mark in any of them.
Walsh defending his client
Players’ agent Allan Walsh, who represents Drouin among others, did not hesitate for a second to defend his protégé when he heard of Waite’s comments.
Walsh, who also represents Quebec goalie Marc-André Fleury, does not have the reputation of keeping his words to himself when a situation displeases him. He never hesitated to severely criticize the organization of the Vegas Golden Knights, when the latter preferred Robin Lehner to his client.
This time, Walsh condemned Waite’s comments on his Twitter account.
“How sad it is to see Stéphane Waite, who was fired from the Canadiens goaltending coach, being so desperate and in need of attention, that he has to do interviews claiming what was going on in the CH locker room and attacking different players. A true professional … “