In the notebook | Training Camp – Sept 23

Here are some news from the South Shore:

Guhle on Savard: “He was always there for me”

Defenders Kaiden Guhle and David Savard developed chemistry in training camp last fall, and they were paired once again in the first intrasquad game on Friday.

Guhle, 20, is battling for a spot on the Canadiens roster after winning a WHL championship with the Oil Kings of his hometown Edmonton last June.

As a veteran of 673 regular season games, Savard has high hopes for his young teammate’s future.

“He’s even more laid back with the puck than he was last year. He is an excellent skater. You can see he’s ready, he’s determined to stay here. I’m going to help him get there,” noted Savard. “He is very talented. He has a chance to stay here all year, so I’m going to help him as best I can to develop and become a better defender. »

Video: David Savard on the development of Kaiden Guhle

Guhle also had only good words for his teammate on the blue line.

Savard seems to have helped him feel more comfortable in his environment in Montreal.

“He was always one of the guys in the room who took the time to come on the ice with me. I’ve been here for a couple of weeks and I was going on the ice alone, and he decided to come with me so I didn’t have to go on the ice and do some workouts on my own, » d’ explain Guhle, who was selected 16th overall in 2020. “He was always there for me and took me under his wing a bit. He’s a great guy, and a great guy to play with. »

Video: Kaiden Guhle on the offensive aspect of his game

Pitlick on Montreal: “I love the city”

One cannot deny the sincere appreciation of Rem Pitlick for his current adopted city because of hockey.

Pitlick, 25, was thrilled to sign a two-year contract extension in mid-July and continue playing under one of his idols, head coach Martin St-Louis.

“I love the city. I said it from the start. I’m a hockey guy. I love hockey. This is where it all started, so being in this atmosphere is really special for me. It’s no secret,” Pitlick said. “I like the way Marty coaches. I followed his career. I had the yellow stick when I was young, I always admired him, and I like his way of coaching, so this is where I want to be. »

Video: Rem Pitlick on developing his game

The University of Minnesota product, who was taken off waivers from the Wild in January, has 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists) in 46 games with the Canadiens. And he’s more motivated than ever to continue his development and improve his stats in the future.

“It’s about coming to the arena ready to play every day. I’ve had conversations with the director of hockey development, Adam Nicholas, about having goals for my games and trying to build on what I did last year, and continuing to improve myself, » Pitlick explained. “These are things that happen behind the scenes, and I’m here to give my best. »

After talking with [Adam] Nicholas, Pitlick will be looking to increase his shots on goal in the weeks and months to come.

The three-year veteran points out that [Adam] Nicholas and [Martin] St-Louis both had a positive influence on him.

“Adam is a talkative guy. He lets you speak your mind. He’s very open-minded at this level, and I think I’m the type of guy who likes to learn. I like to have knowledge and I always try to improve myself, whether it’s a good day or a bad one. You just gotta keep going,” Pitlick pointed out. “It’s something Marty told us the other night at the hotel during our big team meeting. He had a video of Kobe Bryant basically saying, in his workout, « You had a good day, you gotta get up and do the same. If you’re having a bad day, same thing, wake up, do it. » Again. » That’s kind of how I’ve been approaching my life for a while, and I just want to keep going no matter what. »

Harvey-Pinard and Slafkovsky impress in intrasquad games

Rafaël Harvey-Pinard scored twice on Friday afternoon in an intrasquad match that ended in a 5-1 win for Team C over Team D.

Harvey-Pinard’s first shot came on a perfect pass from the first draft pick, Juraj Slafkovsky.

It was the perfect conclusion to an exceptional effort between the two young players.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: The zone entry, the pass, everything.#GoHabsGo

Corey Schueneman scored Team D’s only goal.

The American defender thus concluded the sequence of three passes with Joel Armia and Jonathan Drouin.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Army ������ Drou ������ Scorey#GoHabsGo

Earlier today, Rem Pitlick and Kirby Dash scored in the shootout, giving Team B the win.

Pitlick’s goal testified to his skillful hands.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 𝘚𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘧𝘵 🎵#GoHabsGo

Dach’s goal was equally impressive.

The newcomer signed a four-year contract on September 7 after being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Bim Bam. #GoHabsGo | @kdach77

Dach, meanwhile, has already impressed Pitlick.

“He’s a very good player. I told him on the bench that he has a very good backhand. I don’t know if it’s because he was playing with Patrick Kane and Kaner has a good backhand. He gave me several good passes and I was like, « Wow, that was a really good pass! » He’s fast too,” said Pitlick. “He’s a big guy, but he skates well. I really like his vision of the game, and I think he will bring a lot to this youth. He looked good on the ice. »

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