Stu Cowan: The Canadiens want Jonathan Drouin to step up his recreation

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Drouin has pure expertise that different gamers — together with Gallagher — can solely dream about. The Ste-Agathe native solely began taking part in organized hockey when he was eight, as a substitute taking part in street hockey about “10 hours a day” he informed me in an interview throughout his first coaching camp with the Canadiens. He additionally spent a whole lot of time on the native out of doors rink, however sporting boots as a substitute of skates.

“I didn’t like skating,” Drouin stated throughout that training-camp interview. “I hated the skating half. … I wasn’t good at it. Once I acquired on the ice, I used to get off actually fast. I suppose once you’re a child, you cry and also you wish to get off.

“I’d simply stand in entrance of the online and watch for passes or play goalie,” Drouin recalled. “At one level, my dad stated: ‘If you wish to play, you’re going to need to take your boots off and put some skates on and go on the market. Finally, he simply threw me on the market on skates and stated: ‘You’re not coming off, it doesn’t matter what.’ I acquired used to it and saved going.”

Drouin performed his first season of organized hockey on the Novice B stage and recalled it was “a little bit tough.” However by the top of that season, his skating had caught as much as the opposite youngsters after which he shortly skated previous them. Drouin stated he first realized how proficient he had change into in his first season with the midget Lac St. Louis Lions, when he had 22-36-58 totals in 38 video games.

The Lightning chosen Drouin with the No. Three general decide on the 2013 NHL Draft after he had 41-64-105 totals in 49 video games with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.

Carey Value, the No. 5 general decide on the 2005 NHL Draft, has been excellent to this point on this postseason with a 1.40 goals-against common, a .953 save share and two shutouts. However his file is barely Four-Three and the Canadiens are trailing this best-of seven sequence with the Flyers 2-1 regardless of the very fact Value has solely allowed three objectives.

Value now wants Drouin and a few of his different associates to come back out and play with him.