It’s up to him
BROSSARD - Following the second intrasquad scrimmage at the Canadiens rookie camp held at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, general manager Marc Bergevin took the time to address the media concerning the team’s newer generation.
“I’m satisfied with the effort level of the players,” Bergevin announced when asked about the performance of the invitees.
"For sure some of the rookies here will be invited to the main camp. Anything is possible,” he added, hinting to the possibility that camp standouts will be asked to stick around next week to further showcase and improve their games alongside Canadiens regulars.
“The needs we have remain the same, only the players filling those needs might be different,” he explained. “In the end, the players will be making the decisions [with their levels of effort on the ice]. One of the strengths of this organization is that we have a lot of depth, a lot young defensemen who we can develop so that they eventually have a role in Montreal.”
While the Canadiens have looked to add size and strength to the roster this summer with the drafting of Michael McCarron and the acquisitions of Murray and George Parros, Marc Bergevin spoke favorably about the camp performances of smaller, skilled forwards like Charles Hudon, Ben Duffy and Sven Andrighetto.
“I think of guys like Brendan Gallagher, smaller guys with a lot of character. These guys bring a lot to the team and there will always be a place for players like that [on our team],” he concluded.
As for Michael Bournival, who, by his own admission had a difficult start to the season in Hamilton last year, Bergevin is ready to be patient.
“[Bournival] showed up to training camp in great shape. It will be his second year as a professional and we can definitely see a difference between him last season in Hamilton and where he is right now. We’ll keep a close eye on him,” the Habs GM said.
The final talking point was the fate of 2013 draftee Zachary Fucale. The Laval native had a solid outing for Team Red on Sunday, turning aside13 of 14 shots during one period of action. Bergevin was quizzed by a journalist as to whether he plans on penciling Fucale into the lineup during some NHL preseason games to get the young netminder some exposure to top-level play. Bergevin did not seem taken aback by the suggestion, and emphasized once again that it is his players who control their own destinies.
“It’s up to [Fucale]."