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Enough procrastination! The Canadian cannot miss Shane Wright. The young man should be the first player to reach the podium in the first round of the National League draft which will be presented at the Bell Center tonight.
Indications suggest that could very well be the case. At the beginning of the week, Vincent Lecavalier, first choice of the 1998 vintage, shared his experience in this capacity with Wright.
Yesterday, my colleague Jonathan Bernier learned from the mouth from Wright that he also received a call from Martin St-Louis.
Jonathan inquired with Juraj Slafkovsky and Logan Cooley whether they had received a call from Vincent Lecavalier and their answer was no.
That doesn't say it all, it's true.
It's possible that Slafkovsky and Cooley turned their tongues.
Better prepared for the challenge
Wright is better prepared for the NHL and the Montreal market. He has lived under the reflectors since the age of 15. He already knows a lot about the obligations of the job.
It helps when you find yourself in the organization of the Canadiens.
Wright has a reputation for being very mature for an 18-year-old guy. A widespread opinion says that he shows the character of a 25-year-old guy.
Sidney Crosby fitted this profile. It felt like talking to a middle-aged man when he started out with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche was also impressive at 18.
He caused a stir when he met reporters during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks. He spoke like a responsible veteran.
No one would have gone so far as to predict that he would become captain of the Avalanche at 20 years old. But the leaders of the Avalanche were not mistaken.
Two good first centers
Do not think that Wright will be captain of the Canadiens in next few years or even later.
That's not the point.
Let's give him time to develop and adapt to NHL play.
If, as the experts predict, he becomes a good second center, the Canadian will be in the car with a Suzuki-Wright duo in a few years.
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Why not Slafvosky or Cooley?, you might say.
Slafkovsky has the perfect size for a winger. It's already 220 pounds over six-foot-four.
That's a mirrored wardrobe!
It is true that he stood out at the Olympics last winter. But the National League players weren't in Beijing.
He also did well at the World Championship in the spring, but again, not all the best players in the world are there .
His emergence is reminiscent of that of Jesperi Kotkaniemi in his year of draft eligibility.
At 17, Kotkaniemi had had a good second half with Porin Ässät of the Finnish League .
Help right away
As for Cooley, he has done well over the past two years in the US development program.
He is said to be dynamic and creative. But he has an offer from the University of Minnesota Gophers on the table.
If he chose that option, it would mean he wouldn't feel ready for the NHL.
< p>However, can the Canadiens wait one, two, three or four years?
We know that the next few seasons won't be easy, but we have to give hope to the fans.
Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov are with the big club. Cayden Primeau has approached Montreal. Kaiden Guhle has completed his junior internship.
Amateurs are willing to wait, but not forever.
A good quartet
Patrice Brisebois, Guy Carbonneau, Vincent Damphousse and Chris Nilan are now ambassadors for the Canadiens. They join Yvan Cournoyer and Réjean Houle, who have not always been able to meet demand since the losses of Henri Richard and Guy Lafleur.
The hiring of these four former Habs marks a line with the great dynasties. It is nonetheless appropriate.
Brisebois has the CH tattooed on its heart. He would rip his shirt off for the Canadiens.
As a player, he was always the first to raise his hand when the Canadiens needed someone in charity work. He made personal donations to Sainte-Justine Hospital. He will play his role as ambassador well.
Still on RDS
Like him, Carbonneau and Damphousse are members of the last champion edition of the Canadian.
The two retain their positions as analysts at RDS, which will undoubtedly raise questions about their objectivity. But I don't think it changes their way of doing things. I expect them to continue their work with the same candor.
As for Nilan, we know that he experienced difficulties in his life. He took drugs, over-prescribed painkillers and abused alcohol.
But he got his life back.
He has been sober ever since. several years and notably gives lectures in which he warns young people against drugs and alcohol. He would make a very good spokesperson for the Canadiens in this regard.
Despite his past problems, his popularity has never waned among fans.
C is good to say
Dominique Ducharme taught us a good thing yesterday at his golf tournament, saying that he had offered, last summer, a job as assistant to his good friend Martin St-Louis with the Canadiens.
We know the rest.
I don't know if Ducharme will get a second chance as head coach in the NHL. But he could return by resuming the path he followed with the Habs. ” alt=”Go for Shane Wright ” />