NHL: the month of the French


There were three of them to start the season on the ice of the North American league, Alexandre Texier, Pierre-Antoine Bellemare and Antoine Roussel all had the objective of shining in their respective teams despite playing times that one could imagine being restricted for the first and the last mentioned. Finally without much surprise but with a little disappointment, it was with very little playing time or even a start that the start of the season was aborted for some of them. Zoom on the performances of this month of December from our three Frenchmen engaged in the NHL at the start of the season.

Alexandre Texier, a return to Europe after a disappointing preseason

Holder with the Blue Jackets for several seasons, one of the greatest hopes of tricolor hockey was not retained by his franchise during the offseason. With only four games played in pre-season, it is finally in Switzerland with the Zurich Lions that the Frenchman has found a base which guarantees him playing time for very good performances in the league with in particular three achievements in this month of December.

Pierre-Antoine Bellemare, a first goal at the heart of a dream month for the Lightning

Six wins and three losses, here is the Lightning’s record for the month of December. With in particular a series of five victories concluded by a success in Montreal, Toronto and Detroit stopped the good form of the Tampa Bay franchise in which the tricolor left winger Pierre-Antoine Bellemare saw his playing time reduced despite a goal scored. With an average of just eleven minutes on the ice in December, his role remains in the rotation of one of the major NHL franchises, but it will take more to both maintain the confidence of his management and lead his franchise to the title after their losing final last season.

Antoine Roussel, a season aborted by the Flyers

On trial with the Philadelphia Flyers during the NHL preseason, the player’s CV with more than 600 games in the big league was ultimately not retained by the Philadelphia franchise. Passed by the Canucks then the Coyotes until the end of last season, the 33-year-old player finds himself without a team and his future no longer seems to be written in North America …


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