I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, just because I mean it. I’m excited for this upcoming season and it’s great to see the reports coming out of the rookie camps. It satisfies part of my desire to see some Habs hockey.
Watching a report on RDS, it’s interesting to listen to Jacques Martin and the RDS analysts. Martin really seems to leave the door open for any number of young players…. from Chipchura, D’Agostini, Pacioretty.. to Maxwell, Latendress, the Kostitsyns, Lapierre… he goes on to say that any number of these young players could have an important role in the Montreal Canadiens lineup this year.
Martin has given some of his young guys a chance before and many say that he works really well with the young guys. Just think of Daniel Alfredsson, Marian Hossa, Jason Spezza…. some young guys who Martin brought in and believed they could deliver.
I’m wondering if Jacques Martin might just be what the doctor ordered for some of these young guys. Guys like D’Agostini… a guy who’s got a scorer’s touch. Martin has certainly developped young guys like that in Ottawa.
How about Chipchura? Kyle at times seemed to bring some good stuff in the lineup and other times seemed abscent…. or maybe Chipchura’s role wasn’t properly filled. Who knows?
Think that if Martin brings in a tighter defensive role that it would help a guy like Chipchura?? I certainly do.
Not much has been said about Mikael Johansson. Think he could make the team? I’d say that he likely won’t make the team out of the gate but he’ll potentially play some games if/when the Habs get a couple of injuries.
Mathieu Carle is another interesting player… he impressed at training camp last couple of years but ended up getting injured during camp both times! I’m sure he’s feeling that he’s got something major to prove as Yannick Weber and P.K. Subban may have passed him on the depth chart.
Also a report that today another veteran practiced with the group that assembled yesterday… which included Moen, Gomez, Cammalleri, Laraque….etc. Brian Gionta was on the ice in preperation for the training camp.