Rookie Camp – Day 2
The only thing to fear is fear itself: Standing 5-foot- 9, Gabriel Dumont isn’t taking anything for granted. He knows that if he cracks the Canadiens lineup, he’ll be on the shorter end of the NHL’s stature-scale and when faced with the prospect of coming up against the likes of Zdeno Chara or Tyler Myers, that can be enough to make anyone nervous. On the other hand, that sort of thinking hasn’t stopped Dumont yet and he doesn’t plan on changing that anytime soon.
“Fear is just a question of perception. You’re really the only person who can put limits on what you can do. If you’re scared and it’s obvious, then that’s just another weapon you’re adding to your opponent’s arsenal. All you can do is go out, give it your all, and whatever happens, happens.”
Not quite a one-way ticket: Criss-crossing the Atlantic multiple times since being drafted by Montreal in 2009, Alexander Avstin is hoping that he can quit racking up the frequent-flyer miles for a while and call the trip he just made his last as he takes part in the Canadiens rookie-camp.
“Right from the beginning, it’s always been my decision to come and play in North America,” revealed Alexander Avstin who played last season with the KHL’s Moscow Dynamo. “It’s never been an issue of money. For me, the goal has always been to play in North America however I could make it happen.”
Impact player: Fielding questions from the Montreal media during the second day of rookie camp, Ian Schultz made it clear the type of impact he hopes to bring to the team. Likening his style of play to that of Milan Lucic or Dustin Byfuglien, the 204-pound right-winger has the potential to add a physical edge to the Canadiens roster.
“I want to prove the people wrong who think I was just a throw-in as part of a trade or that I'm a one-trick pony. I’m here to work hard and create space for my teammates so that they can do their job. I’m excited to be able to come to such a great organization and I hope the Montreal fans will respect my work ethic.”
On the shelf: After the announcement of forward Lars Eller’s lower-body injury following the first day of camp, Hunter Bishop (upper-body) and Andrew Conboy (lower-body) have also been added to the list of injured players.
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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