BETTING ; DAY
For this second day of the camp, St-Louis had planned intra-team games. All this is still very young, but the pair formed by David Savard and Kaiden Guhle could be interesting to open the season.
“I would like to play with him, launched Savard. With the puck, he is even calmer than last year. His skating is still excellent. »
Hearing about Savard's remarks, Guhle said his dismissal to the juniors last year, when we saw him possibly starting the season in Montreal, was beneficial.
“It has been a good season for my confidence and maturity. I hadn't had the opportunity to play much in my 18-year-old year (due to COVID). So last season was important for me. »
A respectable season with 42 points in 40 JHL West games, a playoff championship with the Edmonton Oil Kings and a Memorial Cup appearance, Guhle has certainly grown over the course of this campaign. /p>
“He's a very talented guy who could stay here all year. You see he is determined to do it. I will try to help him get there,” said Savard.
Dubois' big brother
The current seems to have passed between the veteran and the rookie. Moreover, Guhle seems to greatly appreciate the big brother attitude that Savard adopted with him.
“A few weeks ago, I was on the ice by myself and he decided to come and join me. He was always there for me and always took me under his wing. He’s an amazing guy,” revealed the Albertan.
Savard has experience playing the big brother. When he played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, he opened the doors of his house to Pierre-Luc Dubois during his rookie season.
“Pierre-Luc could even look after my children when they slept. I could thus go to the restaurant with my wife. I didn't pay him, but he didn't pay more rent!”
Getting the bad guy out
Besides, Savard didn't fall from his chair when he saw the intensity of the training to which Martin St-Louis subjected his players as a curtain raiser to training camp. Like his head coach, he has already tasted the philosophy of John Tortorella.
“It feels good to bring out the villain of the summer, he said, smiling. I knew what we were getting into. Torts did much the same thing. I have experienced it several times. The pace will be very high and we will be ready for the start of the season.
During his time in charge of the Canadiens, Michel Therrien was also used to holding training camps at a furious pace. Some would argue that a few of his teams ended up running out of essence. However, they always came out of the starting blocks with vigor.