Finding hockey things to talk about that don’t involve the fiftieth iteration of WHY DON’T DONNY TRADE FOR (player that is rumored to be traded), I have to look around a bit for something interesting. This is what led me to search for “NHL” on Twitter, which led me to this:
peak offseason content pic.twitter.com/8ryUfYmRCH
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 9, 2018
Apparently, this is a new member fo the NY Rangers organization, a dog that is training to become a service dog for a child on the autistic spectrum.
Some barkground on me:
I’m a Lab.
Born on 1/31/18.
My first collar was blue and now I get to be a Blueshirt!
My pre-game treat is peanut butter!
I’m learning to handle pucks!
I love to take the subway to MSG!#NYRPupOnAPath pic.twitter.com/wn3ViGtqQY
— Ranger (@NYRangersPup) August 7, 2018
I can’t stand the Rags but I can’t say no to this pup.
Anyway, the real thing I was looking for:
Hold up, we have some Habenfreude!
— NHL (@NHL) August 7, 2018
Jonathan Drouin, who played some center for the Canadiens last season fully expects that will be his position going forward. This same Jonathan Drouin who played wing for three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jonathan Drouin said he expects to play center for the Montreal Canadiens this season.
“It looks that way for sure,” Drouin told the Montreal Gazette for a story published Monday. “I don’t make those decisions, but that’s where I played last year and I feel comfortable coming in this year and knowing that I’m playing center.”
“The last 25, 30 games, I was having fun playing center,” Drouin said at Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang’s charity 3-on-3 weekend hockey tournament in Montreal. “I was enjoying it. I was winning more face-offs and that’s important because if you win the face-off, you have the puck and it’s easier to play.”
While it’s certain the Habs need to concentrate on getting functional centers for their team, it seems like they had one or two of them before. Oh, that’s right they traded one of them away for a guy who has played center at times. Maybe Drouin will show the maturity to keep playing that position for Claude Julien.
Habs, keep on Habbin’.