Something to Prove
Respect Your Elders: Even after cutting his teeth with the Habs in the pressure-cooker that was last year’s playoff run, P.K. Subban is well aware that he still has a lot to learn. He’ll officially kick off his rookie season with the Montreal Canadiens in tonight’s preseason matchup against the Sens, and you can look for him to put the advice his veteran teammates have been offering up to good use.
“As a rookie, you naturally tend to bring a lot of emotion into every game, but the key is to control it and make sure you do it in a way that doesn’t backfire on you. I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can from the older guys off the ice as well as on it. They’ve got a lot of great tips to offer and I’m doing my best to pick up as many as I can,” said Subban. When asked which of those tips was the most valuable he’s learned so far, his answer was simple: “When you’re a rookie, just try to keep your mouth shut.”
More Than Meets The Eye: As is the tradition, the preseason often offers the opportunity for certain players to showcase their fighting skills. Despite the 18-fight tally from his last season in the WHL, Ian Schultz refuses to be labelled a strict enforcer and wants to make it clear he’s not heading into the Bell Centre tonight with the solitary goal of dropping his gloves.
“I think the preseason games always tend to be a bit more physical in nature. A lot of guys are out there to prove themselves and everyone’s emotions are running high. I think that’ll play to my advantage though, because that’s the style of hockey I like to play,” explained the 6-foot-2, 205-pound winger. “My job is to be the first guy on the puck in the corners and to make room for my teammates. I won’t necessarily go out there looking for a fight, but if one comes my way I’m sure not going to back down from it.”
The Right Amount: A veteran of the Montreal Canadiens’ training camp, now participating in his third, David Desharnais remains confident about his future, while making sure not to forget how he got to where he is.
“You spend the first year getting experience. You’re not totally sure what to expect the second year and you do your best to make good impressions. Now, I’m in my third year, I’m 24-years-old, and I’ve had the chance to play a bit with the Canadiens, so I think I’ve found my place,” said Desharnais of the confidence he’s displayed in this year’s training camp. “I know I still have to prove myself, so I’m trying to stay confident, just not too confident.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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