Rondelle libre | Pascal Vincent and André Tourigny, two different realities, and yet… https://t. co/SA4stlTbek
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) November 17, 2023
Let’s go back to June 22, 2018, the day the 2018 NHL Amateur Draft began.
Now it’s the Tricolore’s turn to take the stage and announce their choice.
Many fans were outraged by the decision, believing that even if KK looked like the best center available, he shouldn’t have been taken in the 3rd spot.
At least, that’s what their early careers show. It’s hard not to dream of Hughes on the power play, or Tkachuk in front of the net disrupting opponents and scoring goals.
However, current Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour had some very kind words for his 22-year-old center.
Brind’Amour said he was impressed with the young player’s progress and that he had gained a great deal of maturity since arriving in Carolina.
“He’s acquired a lot of maturity. He was still a child when he arrived. The growth is mind-boggling between the ages of 19 and 22.” – Rod Brind’Amour
His time in Montreal lasted only three short years, but KK had a lot of ” haters” in Quebec, because his performances didn’t live up to them for a third overall pick.
He’s gained a lot of confidence since his arrival with the Canes, and there’s been a great deal of progress in his case.
This season, he has collected 13 points in 16 games (still a long way from Quinn Hughes’ 27 points this season, but a fine progression is noticeable). He is the club’s leading scorer, tied with a certain Sebastian Aho.
Brind’Amour believes it’s normal for young players to take longer to get used to the NHL rhythm, especially when you arrive in the big league at 18. Over time, youngsters evolve.
“Youngsters get stronger naturally, no longer feeling the effects of rigorous training. Plus, their understanding of the game improves.” – Rod Brind’Amour
Kotkaniemi’s 34 points in 79 games were far from disastrous in his rookie season.
Slowly but surely, KK is playing like a first-team player, but he remains the team’s second center, as Aho has proven much more in his career.
Should the CH have matched the Hurricanes’ offer the summer he became a restricted free agent?
With Dach’s injury, it’s hard to argue that he’d be too much right now.
– The worst seems to be avoided.
– Maxime Truman (@MaximeTruman) November 18, 2023
– Read more.
Following a handful of seasons riddled with injuries, including five concussions, Flames rookie Martin Pospisil is now employing a more cautious approach on the ice.(@EricFrancis) https://t.co/crUOc4tezc
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 17, 2023
– Can William Nylander continue his streak of games with at least one point and break Dany Heatley’s record?
Longest point streak to start a season in the cap era:
22 – Dany Heatley (2005)
17 – Connor McDavid (2021)
17 – Henrik Zetterberg (2007)
16 – William Nylander (active)
13 – Nathan Mackinnon (2019)
This might be the most dedicated bag hunt that the NHL has ever witnessed. pic.twitter.com/mW7lp33FHD
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) November 17, 2023
– The idea of placing Nylander on the first unit with Auston Matthews could be beneficial for the Leafs.
Should the Leafs spark their top line with the scorching-hot William Nylander? https://t.co/mRTmgPNo7N
– Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) November 18, 2023
– Who misses Anthony Calvillo? A first Grey Cup since 2010 for the Sparrows?