Jonathan Drouin wants to bounce back. The # 92 CH was dissatisfied with the end of its last campaign and works hard during the off season to experience a season that lives up to expectations.
On the way to the Philippe-Bergeron arena to participate in the Breathless Tournament for the David Perron-Attitude Hockey Foundation, the Habs player seemed to be flying on the ice. “It’s a big season for me. I was not happy with my end of season last year. I know a beautiful summer so far, I train hard and I practice. I want to arrive ready in September for training camp. I’m going in the right direction, “he says.
The 24-year-old is already in his fifth season on the Bettman circuit. “Every year, at any level, but especially in the National League, at the beginning it’s more difficult. You begin to understand the league and the players that are evolving around you. In time, you get used to it, you start to become more mature. It’s easy to understand what I missed. With Dominique Ducharme [Editor’s note: The Canadian assistant coach], we looked at what happened. We watched the videos. It helped me, “he said, not wanting to say what aspects he wanted to work on. “It’s between the coaching staff and me! He was content to answer.
Jonathan Drouin seems comfortable with the acquisitions made by his general manager Marc Bergevin during the summer. Ben Chiarot will come in particular to lend a hand to the defense of the Habs. “I played against him in Winnipeg and he’s a physical defender who shows up every game,” says the Canadiens. He has a good skate for its size. It’s a nice addition defensively. ”
For Drouin, the Canadiens are not the most talented team in the NHL, but can still win every night. “Even without the acquisitions, we were comfortable with our team last year. We are able to compete with anyone. Our identity is to work hard. We had a great summer, we still have money to sign Max Domi and it’s a good thing we keep it for that, “said the striker who scored 53 points including 18 goals in 81 games the last season.
Beautiful experience for Voyer
Sherbrooke veteran Alex-Olivier Voyer had the chance to play in the same team as Jonathan Drouin during the tournament. ” I am really happy. It’s all a hockey player, I think the fans are not disappointed, he gives a whole show. I arrange to put the puck on the pallet. He is really confident with the puck. He’s a good guy, he did not know me, but he put us at ease when we got to the room even though we were juniors, Alex D’Orio and me. We are happy to be in his team and to play with him, “thinks the 20-year-old.
In addition to Jonathan Drouin, Voyer has rubbed shoulders with several NHL stars. “I feel pampered, I enjoy the moment. They are stars of the National Hockey League. I grew up watching them play and dreaming of being at their side, “he summarizes.