Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Brad Larsen plans to bring Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine together in the first practice of camp.
< p>This is what the pilot said on Monday during a press conference. He wants to have a quick taste of the kind of chemistry that could form between the two players.
Recall that Gaudreau accepted a seven-year contract and $ 68.25 million at the opening of the free agent market on July 13. A few days later, Laine, obtained in return from Quebecer Pierre-Luc Dubois 18 months earlier, accepted a four-year extension a few days after Gaudreau's arrival.
“I will bring them together right now. I want to see if there is chemistry between the two. Again, it's not rocket science here, “said the instructor, according to the official website of the National Hockey League (NHL).
“I think everyone thinks that they will do well together, including me. I think the sooner I can use them together, [the more they will] get to know each other a little bit. They've never played together.”
The next question will now be who their center will be. Boone Jenner, Jack Roslovic and Cole Sillinger are the top contenders, and Larsen seems like he's going to take a chance on Jenner up front.
“I'm going to try a few guys in the middle,” he said Feedback. Who will start there? I might try Boone at first. I haven't decided yet, but it would be my choice from the start. He's a veteran and I think he could complement them.”