Training camps are over in the NHL (by the way, have they even had time to start?). Among the Montreal Canadiens, a wind of optimism sweeps the locker room in preparation for the season that gets underway on Wednesday. But it’s too early, and not even appropriate, to talk about series fever. Let’s wait until after the vaccine …
No more jokes, make way for (more or less) serious things.
At the dawn of the shortened season, our main journalist lent himself to the game of adding a reflection, or an observation, often tinged with the humor we know him, to each of the CH players who will be called upon to play an important role along the way. Here is what it gives:
Carey Price: The new mask is ready, the guardian is ready too.
Jake Allen : A second violin that looks like a premier. Finally.
Shea Weber : Serious captain shows the way. “Z’avez” interest in following him.
Jeff Petry : Family future assured. Athlete at the top of his game.
Joel Edmundson : Quiet stabilizing force behind.
Ben Chiarot : Solid as a rock.
Brett Kulak : He didn’t steal his place. At 27, it’s his time.
Alexander Romanov : An easy-to-love thoroughbred. The supporters will love it.
Phillip Danault : Professionalism embodied. Hard worker.
Brendan Gallagher : The power generator has all but slowed down. Let Antoine Roussel take it for granted …
Tomas Tatar : Like Danault, a real pro. The endearing Slovak loves Montreal, Montreal loves it.
Nick Suzuki : Young, but already ready to carry the team on his shoulders.
Josh Anderson: A fellow not nerdy. Steam horse, or “powerhorse”, as his teammate Tatar puts it.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi : He has the throw of a sniper. Above all, don’t be shy.
Tyler Toffoli : He’s got the quick trigger. He will often remind us of Pacioretty.
Joel Armia : Stingy with words, but not with his feints. The Finn with the Golden Hands.
Jake Evans : He has visibly gained confidence. It moves more air, you’ll see.
Artturi Lehkonen : Big luxury for the fourth trio.
Paul Byron : The neglected should never be counted for beaten. “Ti-Paul” has found his legs.
Corey Perry : Invaluable experience and lots of sandpaper. Fortunately, he stayed.
Victor Mete : Versatility to the rescue. It’s urgent.
Michael Frolik : He’s not the next Ales Hemsky.