The New Jersey Devils have stepped up a gear during training camp on Monday as the roster that will kick off the season seems to be slowly emerging. But defender PK Subban warned sidelined players: anything can happen.
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The former Montreal Canadiens see the possibility of being able to clarify, little by little, the combinations that will be in place in the first game of the campaign. But like any self-respecting veteran, he knows full well that an injury can happen quickly.
“We have a few new faces in the locker room, so it’s good to have a smaller group,” Subban said on video conference. But that being said, it’s a training camp, everyone needs to be ready to work every day. Whether you’re with group A or group B, it doesn’t change a thing. Things can happen. We hope everyone stays healthy, but when you train and try to land a position on the team, things can change. ”
“No one should feel comfortable. We have 10 days to prepare. But for the veteran squad, definitely, it’s a good sign to see the players regroup, and it’s a step in the right direction. ”
A simple system
Head coach Lindy Ruff has declined to talk about an NHL squad and a B group at this time, however, saying the structure used on Monday simply maximized every minute of the practice session.
“First off, when you’re training it’s ideal to have four lines and eight defensemen, which gives us two groups,” Ruff said. The guys from the second group are going to come into this group and we will try to involve everyone. ”
Thus, Ruff can set up exercises and simulations more easily to properly implement his game system, while there are 10 days left before the start of the next season.
The pilot also seems to have opted for a simpler system focused on communication to minimize the adaptation period. He will lead the Devils for the very first time against the Boston Bruins on January 14.
“We’re all trying to get on the same page,” Subban said. The consensus within our group is that we all believe in this system and that it will put us in a better position to transition into the attack. ”
“Playing defense is super easy. It’s about having a good work ethic and paying attention to detail. This is what we are focusing on in training now. But I can tell you that I have played in many systems in my career and this one is easier for a defender, and it will all come down to communication. “