Do not panic either, the real debate will take place during training camp in Montreal and not while the recruits are frolicking on the shores of Lake Erie, we agree. However, it is never too early to do well.
When the CH cross swords with the hopes of the Senators at the rookie tournament on Sunday noon, whose most beautiful jewels like Jake Sanderson and Shane Pinto will however be absent, another of the contenders at the back will have the opportunity to make a good first impression.
Everyone knows, first, what Kaiden Guhle is capable of, then that he won’t win an NHL spot in a game of this caliber, but curiosity prevails: what will it look like? the young man alongside Mattias Norlinder or Jordan Harris for example, rivals despite themselves.
Guhle missed the first two games at Buffalo and had to skip development camp in July with a lower-body injury. So it’s been almost a year since we’ve seen him in a professional context.
This time, expectations are high. When the “true” camp will get under way next Wednesday, he will have every opportunity to demonstrate that he is ready for the CH. And he may have some catching up to do.
Guhle had a long season that ended June 24 at the Memorial Cup. The aforementioned injury forced him into inactivity for a time, although he assures that he would have
probably got that much rest anyway.
The Edmonton guard didn’t put on his skates until early August, when he arrived in Montreal to begin his preparation at the request of the team who wanted to have a little more control over his rehabilitation. Guhle familiarized himself with the city, had a good time with Arber Xhekaj, Juraj Slafkovsky and Filip Mesar, who definitely must have looked like the little brother when the four strolled around the Old Port.
Preparation therefore truncated, even if the defender has trained somehow off the ice, practicing among other things the handling of the puck.
Coach Jean-François Houle urged caution before throwing him into the fray and eventually giving him three full workouts.
The organization wouldn’t have put me in this position if they didn’t think I was ready. I feel ready too and I fully trust themGuhle said after practice on Saturday.
Question of constancy
Guhle experienced it all during his junior training: dominant teams, others in reconstruction, a trade, one and a half participations in the world juniors, two championships and two participations in the Memorial Cup. He was captain at Prince Albert, captain with Junior Team Canada, albeit only for two games, before the nasty COVID-19 decided otherwise.
He assures that this last junior year has him
We had a good team, I have another long playoff run under my belt. It was important to go back there and be THE guy you rely onhe continued.
He says he has improved his attacking game, matured and gained confidence. Essential elements to unearth the famous constancy, essential quality of professional players and which often escapes even the most talented of them.
Houle repeated it again on Saturday.
His challenge, like all young people, is consistency. It’s the same for (Arber) Xhekaj, (Mattias) Norlinder, (Justin) Barron, it’s consistency. If they are able to show that they can play in the National League every day, maybe they have a chance.launched the coach who leads the rookie camp.
He has a lot of maturity, he is a leader too. You see he’s been here a couple of years. On the ice, he makes good stiff passes. He’s ready for a National League camp and he’ll do anything to get a job, that’s for sure.added Houle.
So much the better because in his case, these are not just chimeras. He can dream of the National League this year. Otherwise, Laval is waiting for him.
A lot of
The first pick from the last draft will return to the roster against the Senators on Sunday. Juraj Slafkovsky skipped his round on Friday after playing a game of ups and downs the day before.
Besides Guhle, these are the only two changes Houle has made. In this battle of defenders, Barron and Xhekaj will therefore wait at the Canadiens’ training camp next week to present their arguments.