Charles Hudon satisfied with his performance
After the Canadiens’ first preliminary game, Charles Hudon was able to return home with a sense of accomplishment.
Hudon spent 13 minutes and 22 seconds on the ice, including 1:13 on the power play. He tried five shots, two of which hit the target. He also applied three hits but made a turnaround.
Although it was not always elegant, Hudon played with energy.
“I was able to put a bar on my calendar by telling me that I won that day, said Hudon on Tuesday morning. But we immediately move on to something else. “
Hudon waited a long time before he could once again hit the ice at the Bell Center, which had been cut from the Canadiens’ squad in the last 22 games last season. Although it was only a preparatory game, he felt some relief on Monday night.
“I could not wait to play that game. […] It did good, “he said after helping the Canadiens defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-2.
After making a good NHL debut with 10 goals and 20 assists in 72 games in his first full season in the NHL, Hudon was limited to three goals and two assists in 32 games last winter.
Last week, Julien mentioned that there were about eight players fighting for the last five striker positions at the Canadiens. Hudon is part of this group and it looks like he will have the opportunity to make his point again and again by the end of the camp.
“Currently, with our core, it is necessary that Charles is a position, insisted Julien, Monday evening. To be able to play especially within the first three trios, he must be able to do the little things well. It needs to be a little more complete, more regular.
“He’s a guy we really want to evaluate before making a decision.”
Hudon will have a second chance to earn points on Wednesday, when he will be in training for the Habs who will travel to Bathurst, New Brunswick, to face the Florida Panthers in the Kraft Hockeyville match.
After playing on the left of Nick Suzuki and Jordan Weal since the start of the camp, Hudon will complete this time a trio with Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia.
“I can help them look good and they can help me too,” said Hudon, also recalling that he played with the two Finns at times last season. We have good chemistry, a lot of fun together outdoors. We have to bring that back to the rink. ”
Julien noted that Hudon has a better skate this fall. Hudon, now 25, said he lost weight over the summer.
Hudon hopes to mix the cards by the end of the camp.
“There are not a lot of people close to the organization or even outside who see me in training at the opening match, he acknowledged. It gives me motivation, things to prove, and it’s good for me. ”
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