Canadiens: Kaiden Guhle on tiptoe


Young defenseman Kaiden Guhle intends to make his way at the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp, without making any noise.

Unlike Mattias Norlinder, who said he wanted to deserve a position with the big club, the first choice of the CH in 2020 (16th) takes the path of discretion.

« It is not for me to answer, it will be up to the leaders to see, » he said on Friday. “Of course I want to make it harder for them, but it’s out of my control. All I can do is learn and work as hard as I can. « 

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Discreet or not, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound forecastle hardly goes unnoticed on the ice.

« He has a fluid stroke, he is beautiful to watch, » commented Jean-François Houle, the new pilot of the CH school club, the Laval Rocket. “He makes sharp passes, it’s a quality to have for a defender. We played the power play and we could see that he knows what to do. « 

Guhle played little last season. Besides his participation in the World Championship, with the Canadian team, he played only three games with the Rocket, in the American League, and two with his junior team, the Prince Albert Raiders, in the Western League. He suffered a hand injury with the Raiders, which required a rehabilitation period of a few months.

“I realized with the Rocket that the pace is much more sustained, he mentioned. The guys are big and strong. We must limit the errors otherwise the puck ends up in your goal. « 

So that’s what the 19-year-old wants to do – limit mistakes – over the next few weeks because he will very possibly participate in the big CH camp from September 22.

“I have more time to handle the puck in the junior ranks,” said younger brother Brendan Guhle, a defenseman with the Anaheim Ducks organization. “I was told at the Rocket to move the puck faster. I worked a lot on this in training. « 

Guhle, who has indicated that he wishes to be of the same mold as the quartet of imposing defensemen of the Canadiens, will have the chance to check if he has made progress in this area, on Saturday, during the first duel of the series of two. between the Canadiens rookies and the Ottawa Senators. The game will be played at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa at 4 p.m.

“We had a video session with the players to show them the Habs style of play,” Houle said of the clash. “We did not want to stuff their heads. We want them to focus on effort, intensity and execution, to play freely. « 

Ylonen and Price

Jesse Ylonen arrived at rookie camp on Friday but did not put on the skates. The 21-year-old striker had to undergo the battery of mandatory physical tests and medical exams.

Moreover, the keeper Carey Price (knee) went on the ice – solo – for a second day in a row.



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