MONTREAL – The Canadiens held a morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex on Sunday.
They were followed on the podium by head coach Claude Julien.
Here are some highlights from their Zoom-based Q&A with Journalists:
Drouin on the chemistry that continues to build between him and Nick Suzuki As the training camp unfolds:
There is still a lot of chemistry there. This will continue in the games. I’m not at all worried about that, especially with a guy like Josh Anderson on our line. I love the way things go during workouts. We just have to build that into the games like we did in the playoffs.
Video: Drouin on his role with the team this season
Drouin on the incredible depth the Canadiens have as the season approaches:
It’s a good problem to have. We have a lot of depth and a lot of players who can play different positions. I’m not a coach, but if I was, I would like to have this problem. We have a lot of options. You can change your roster every game. We have added big players. Corey Perry can score big goals for us, even if he plays limited minutes. He’s a player with a lot of experience and he’s a great addition for our young players in the locker room. We have added a lot of good parts. We are a team that likes to use all four lines. I think we have four lines that can score and defend. We are really excited about this.
Byron in his fourth-row role right now alongside Evans and Artturi Lehkonen:
I think this is my fifth training camp in Montreal. Every year I start on the fourth line. I am a player who can be used on different lines and in all game situations. I am going to concentrate on my game. I skate fast and I am good on the forward failure and penalty. I just want to do my best when the technical staff give me a chance. Playing on the fourth row doesn’t change anything for me.
Video: Byron on the team’s potential this season
Byron on why he believes the Canadiens can go far this year:
We have the best goalie in the world. We have very good lines and defensive duos. I think our young players did well in the playoffs last summer. Suzuki, Kotkaniemi and Drouin continue to develop. We have a lot of offensive players who are still very young. We also added some good parts. It’ll be fun. I think our team has a lot of potential. I am very confident and convinced that we can do some good things this year.
Evans on meeting with the front row in the club’s first intra-squad game last week:
I think it was a great experience, a great opportunity for me to face these guys. For me it’s just about gaining confidence, and when you can go up against some of the best players and follow them and feel good about yourself, I think it’s great for me and a great experience for me.
Video: Evans on the identity of the fourth line
Evans on offensive goals from his line going forward:
With the speed we have and the strength of the turnovers and being difficult to play, I think we’re going to create a lot of opportunities. We won’t get those more whimsical goals than some lines, but I think we’re going to be a tough line to play and we can frustrate teams and create a lot of opportunity out of that.
When asked if he believes Byron could reach the 20-goal plateau for the third time in his NHL career this season, Julien replied:
We hope. Its speed generates many chances to score. We also know that he often capitalizes on those chances. It would definitely be an asset to see Paul in great health this season and give us the kind of goals we know he can score.
Video: Julien on the alignment decisions to be made
Regarding Drouin’s consistency, Julien shared the following thoughts:
I think it’s more about keeping him healthy. He had a great start to the season last year before he was injured. If he wasn’t injured, would we have seen the Jonathan Drouin everyone hoped to see from the start? We hope to see that this season. We liked his play at the camp. He’s been good from day one. We hope he stays healthy so he can play the same way he did in the playoffs.