But the CH didn’t choose him just because he’s the other’s brother.
(Florian) Xhekaj is a unicorn. Personally, I’d love to come out of the draft with this guy with us. – Nick Bobrov
What’s a “unicorn” in field hockey terms? It means that the main player is capable of doing everything right on the ice.
Florian Xhekaj isn’t the most offensive player on earth. He doesn’t have a knack for scoring goals, he doesn’t have the best vision of any prospect drafted, and he doesn’t have the potential to become an NHL superstar.
That said, Florian is a guy who, without excelling in every area, does things the right way. We’re talking about an energetic player who has qualities all 200 feet of the ice, and we’re talking about a guy who, like his brother, isn’t afraid to throw down the gloves to defend his teammates.
And that’s what NHL clubs value. When players are characterized by hard work or a willingness to fight, it often helps their chances of being drafted or even playing in the NHL at some point in their career.
It makes sense… Because coaches love these players for one simple reason: they can be placed just about anywhere in a line-up and the result is the same.
Rafaël Harvey-Pinard is a case in point. Installed on the first line just a few weeks after being recalled from the Rocket, the Quebecer began to fill the net because he gave a constant effort on the ice. You can see where I’m going with this.
Last season, Florian Xhekaj collected 25 points (13 goals) in 68 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He’s expected to improve considerably this year, as he’ll be 19 and already has a season under his belt in the OHL.
I can’t wait to see how he develops.
– Elias Lindholm could stay in Calgary.
– FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) September 1, 2023
– I wish him well.
– La Poche Bleue (@lapochebleue) September 1, 2023
Can’t wait to see Connor Bedard in action! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/aApmjXdgfp
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) September 1, 2023
– Oh yes. Finally!
We play field hockey this month. 🤙📞 pic.twitter.com/T7jOqeu0cY
– Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 1, 2023
– The former Golden Knights man makes history by amassing his 600th KHL assist.
History in the making. The assist No 6⃣0⃣0⃣ by Vadim Shipachyov. pic.twitter.com/NuufjcQ2Nt
– KHL (@khl_eng) September 1, 2023
– So much the better, honestly.