Making his case
One of the camp veterans along with P.K. Subban, Yannick Weber and Ben Maxwell, White knew exactly what to expect of his week with fellow Habs prospects in Brossard. He may be just 22 years old, but the Brandon, MB native already has 16 NHL games under his belt.
The rugged center admits he still has some work to do to earn a full-time spot with the big club, but that just serves as motivation to work harder than ever this summer.
“I just think my time hasn’t come yet. I don’t feel any sense of urgency about it,” confided White. “When you look at the development and path the guys who came before me have taken, nothing has changed, really.”
With the 2010-11 season now just two months away, the young pivot knows that between now and then, every shift and every moment counts.
“You have to keep on the radar. Every year, Montreal brings in new prospects to the system. You have to stay on top, do your job and make sure you’re making their decisions harder,” explained White, who racked up 173 penalty minutes and 34 points in 62 games with the Bulldogs this year.
He might have already experienced life in the NHL and learned a few tricks of the trade along the way, but White isn’t expecting to coast his way into the Habs’ lineup anytime soon.
“I don’t think it will be any easier this year – it’s never easy. The players are the best in the world and there’s a reason they are where they are,” offered White. “I want to be part of this team and I’m going to keep working hard and focusing on that goal until it happens.”
So when the time comes to finalize the Canadiens’ lineup this fall, White isn’t planning on going down without a fight.
“I want them to have to think twice before sending me down to the minors.”
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.
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