“I decided to reprimand him in front of everyone. I’m curious to see his reaction.”
Greg Cronin was the last instructor under whom Alex Newhook produced more than one point per game.
The Ducks coach generously agreed to speak with me.https://t.co/boDwqQUMvm
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) September 9, 2023
Indeed, parting with a first-round pick (which yielded Mikhail Gulyayev) and a second-round pick (which yielded Ethan Gauthier) is a lot, and let’s just say that Newhook will need to prove Kent Hughes right.
Especially since Colorado sees Newhook’s departure as an excellent transaction.
So it’s clear now that Newhook will have to stand up in Montreal and show that the deal was worth it, much like Kirby Dach did last season.
However, like many CH fans, I’m not convinced that Newhook will succeed in following in Dach’s footsteps.
I don’t see Newhook blossoming like Dach did in Montreal.
However, according to Greg Cronin, Newhook’s former AHL coach and now head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, the opposite is true.
Indeed, in this excellent article by Anthony Martineau, we can read what Cronin has to say about Newhook, and let’s just say it’s very encouraging.
First of all, for Cronin, it’s clear that Newhook has what it takes to produce on a top-6 NHL team. He’s a very talented player with great offensive ability, as he’s shown at every level he’s played at.
“I really think he has what it takes to produce on an NHL top-6. He’s got a lot of talent! Look at how far he’s come. He’s always been a very productive guy. Offensive ability doesn’t just disappear. Ultimately, it’s up to the coach to put his player in the best position to shine.” – Greg Cronin
For Cronin, all that’s needed is for Newhook to be placed with players with the same style as him, i.e. players with speed and quick execution, for everything to work.
That’s what Cronin believes.
“Martin went through a lot before finally establishing himself as one of the best players in the NHL. If he opens up like that, he can have a big impact on Alex.”
– Greg Cronin
In short, for Cronin, with the impact of MSL, Newhook’s natural offensive talent, and an important role within the team (something he had none of in Colorado), the CH’s new acquisition will have everything in place to blossom and show that he belongs in a top-6 NHL.
Even more so if he’s placed at center, according to Cronin.
The problem in this case, unfortunately, is that there’s a lot of competition at that position, especially if Kirby Dach starts the season at center.
In short, let’s hope that even if he’s on the wing, Newhook will be able to reach his full potential.
In a gust
– Stay tuned.
– Toutsurlehockey.com (@Toutsurlehockey) September 9, 2023
– Read more.
William Dufour, a New York Islanders prospect, is inspired by the courage of his mother, Karine.
“She never gave up. She remained strong and courageous. She inspired me. She won her battle.“https://t.co/zLp53XvSYf
– J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) September 9, 2023
– A big qualifier for Euro 2024.
Group C match today @TVASports
Ukraine 🇺🇦 v. England 🏴
– Frederic Lord (@FLord_TV) September 9, 2023
– Quenneville was present in Chicago.
Joel Quenneville spoke to NHL head coaches and GMs in Chicago yesterday after being invited to the meeting by Commissioner Gary Bettman.
What Quenneville and Bettman said, and what it means toward Q returning to the NHL: https://t.co/XfNG2cHhdz
– David Dwork (@DavidDwork) September 9, 2023
– Good news for the Blue Jays.