Alex Newhook stated repeatedly how he’s excited to be allowed to play his game with the Canadiens. To play free. After watching a bunch of his games from last season in Colorado, I understand why. His speed game could be a much better fit in Montreal: https://t.co/1sN9nMfy7J
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) July 12, 2023
Over the next four years, the CH hopes to turn him into a player worth more than $2.9 million a year. They want to turn him into a solid top-6 forward, and even if he couldn’t do it with the Avalanche, the Tricolore hopes to find the key to unlocking his potential.
Getting there won’t be easy, but part of the recipe is figuring out how to maximize the youngster’s greatest strength: his speed. And today, in an excellent article published on The Athletic, Arpon Basu seems confident that the youngster’s skating stroke will be better utilized in Montreal than it was in Colorado.
In simple terms, Basu believes that the CH’s system (which allows talented players to express themselves on the ice) will be more beneficial for Newhook than the Avalanche’s, where he was asked to check forward and push the puck into the back of the opposition’s zone rather than enter in possession.
Again, it’s worth remembering that the Avalanche gave Newhook chances to establish himself as the team’s second center and play on the power play, but he wasn’t able to prove he deserved the job. Even if he was sometimes frustrated by the way he was used in Colorado, he had opportunities that he failed to seize there, after all.
Newhook says he wasn’t given a lot of opportunities in Colorado?
He was given the keys to run the second line and couldn’t take advantage… https://t. co/xMRoLp16AU
– Drew Livingstone (@ProducerDrew_) July 11, 2023
The difference, however, is that the Avalanche had no time to let him learn by making mistakes on the top-6. The club needed to rack up wins, and Newhook wasn’t ready to replace Nazem Kadri on the second line, so he assumed a depth role.
In Montreal, he’ll have more room to make mistakes and learn from the top-6. The CH intends to give the youngster chances on an offensive trio, and with a system that relies on the speed and talent of the guys, Newhook will have the chance to demonstrate his skills under the right conditions.
“I’ve had a great couple of chats with Marty…the identity that they’re trying to build is fast & skilled & he told me I can be a fit to where the team wants to go. Those are all encouraging stuff to hear from a coach” – Alex Newhook. https://t.co/FirxIYdded
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) July 12, 2023
Of course, this isn’t the only factor to consider, and just because his speed might be put to better use in Montreal doesn’t mean he’ll end up unblocked. That said, by putting him in better conditions on the ice, the Tricolore are putting the odds in their favour.
– Still… We agree that Ducharme wasn’t the only factor, but the new chapter has done the young maverick a world of good.
– Nice read on Adam Fantilli.
“I’m happy to be able to be that kind of person .” https://t.co/8mhxr4hOi6
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) July 12, 2023
– Considering they already have Ilya Samsonov and Joseph Woll (and Matt Murray, but for how much longer?), I’m not sure I see the fit.
According to a report, goaltender Brian Elliott could be headed to the Maple Leafs. ⤵️ https://t.co/uobVPP0Ey1
– Nick Barden (@nickbarden) July 12, 2023
– Some nights are just like that…
– getting ready for the CF MTL game
– filling the 75-minute gap by watching a new series on Apple TV
– watching the start of the CF Montreal game
– feeling like flipping the series after 12 minutes
– Maxime Truman (@MaximeTruman) July 13, 2023
– The young Quebecer shines.