Push for more Canada Habs butts against reality – fr

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Push for more Canada Habs butts against reality – fr


While it would be nice to have more local talent among Canadians, there are many factors at play that work against this sentiment.

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When the Canadians faced the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, it was the first time in the team’s 115-year history that it had fought without a Quebec player in the lineup.

It was the front page of the Journal de Montreal and it wasn’t long before politicians pitched in to suggest the Canadians were not doing enough to honor the tradition of the Flying Frenchmen which, ironically, was the nickname. English sports writers from Montreal. to describe three Franco-Ontarians – Jack Laviolette, Didier Pitre and Newsy Lalonde.

“Yes, there should be more players from Quebec,” said Premier of Quebec, François Legault. “When you look in the NHL, there are a lot of them. There could have been a greater effort in the last draft.

“I think things start at the top. Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin should be sensitive to the fact that Quebecers like to see Quebecers (play). I understand that some are not good enough, but some are very good. “

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His sentiments were echoed by Parti Quebecois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon and Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante.

While it would be nice to have more local talent, it probably won’t happen and there are many factors that have nothing to do with Molson and Bergevin’s perceived failures.

Let’s do a fact check.

Legault says the problem starts at the top but, in fact, it starts at the bottom.

Hockey Quebec and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League receive millions of dollars each year from the provincial government, but they don’t do a very good job of player development.

There are only 35 Quebeckers who have played more than 20 or more games in the NHL this season – an average of 1.12 players per team – and I suspect that three or four do not count because they are Anglos. On a per capita basis, all provinces except New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are doing a better job of developing NHL players.

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Sweden, with a slightly larger population, produces more NHL players, as does Finland, which has three million fewer.

If you want to understand the declining level of talent, there were 48 Quebec players in the NHL during the 1970-71 season when there were only 12 teams.

There was a time when Quebec was the place to go if you were looking for a goalie, but there are only two Quebec goalies in the league today – Marc-André Fleury, 36, and Jonathan Bernier, 28 years.

There’s an argument to be made that the Canadiens could have paid more attention to Quebec players in the draft, but does anyone think Samuel Poulin or Jakob Pelletier would have been a better choice than Cole Caufield?

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There are five Quebecers among the top 50 scorers in the NHL this season and, with the exception of the third overall pick in 2011, Jonathan Huberdeau, Montreal had the chance to draft them all. David Perron was available in 2007, but can we blame the Canadiens for choosing Ryan McDonagh and Max Pacioretty before him? The other three players illustrate why the draft is an inaccurate science, as each team has passed Patrice Bergeron of Boston (second round), Kris Letang of Pittsburgh (third round) and Jonathan Marchessault of Vegas (undrafted) at least once.

The last time the Canadiens went looking for a Quebecer in the first round, they were burned with Louis Leblanc.

There is also the fact that many Quebec players do not want to play here, especially those who have had the taste of playing in the United States, where taxes are lower, there are fewer border crossings and the weather could be. better. This last factor explains why there are no Quebeckers playing in Minnesota. Current Canadians Phillip Danault and Jonathan Drouin commented on the pressure that comes with playing in Montreal.

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The most important thing is to find the players who give you the best chances of winning, whatever language they speak.

While we’re on the topic, it may be a good idea to apply the same logic when hiring a coach. With the exception of Mario Tremblay, I think all the coaches who have been hired since Pat Burns left in 1992 have been competent, but you limit yourself when you insist that the coach must be French speaking, which could explain why Michel Therrien and Claude Julien got a second kick to the box.

For what it’s worth, only three of the Canadiens’ 24 Stanley Cups have been won with a French-speaking Quebecer behind the bench – Claude Ruel in 1969, Jean Perron in 1986 and Jacques Demers in 1993.

Farrell leads Steel in the USHL: Canadiens prospect Sean Farrell is in the spotlight as Chicago Steel meets Fargo Force in USHL Clark Cup Final. Farrell, a fourth-round draft pick, opted to stay with the Steel after Harvard called off their season and tallied 29 goals and 101 points in 53 games. He finished 16 points ahead of his teammate Matthew Coronato, who will join him at Harvard this fall. The only other USHL player to reach the top 100 in points is Greenfield Park native Kevin Roy, who had 104 points with the Lincoln Stars in 2011-12.

The Steel dominated the USHL in the regular season, and Farrell’s son Coronato and Shane Doan, Josh, was among eight players selected in the 2020 NHL Draft. It is the most choice of any junior team.

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