Arber Xhekaj sees Jayden Struble going, and he knows that from now on, competition will be fierce on the left flank of the defensive brigade. But the only thing he can do is work on what the Habs have asked him to fix.https://t.co/nQoDBQ8mMm?
– Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) December 23, 2023
Jayden Struble’s name has undoubtedly been on the lips of many hockey fans and experts lately.
Since breaking into the Montreal Canadiens’ defensive top-6, the young defenseman has impressed game after game with his all-around game.
He’s involved in every facet of the game, and even though he’s never been recognized for his offensive contribution, he still creates many chances and isn’t afraid to support the attack.
The latter recognizes the success of the newcomer to the team. But he knows he’ll have to work twice as hard to regain his place in the big club’s line-up.
I invite you to read Marc-Antoine Godin’s article on the subject.
“He came to the team and played well. He doesn’t make mistakes, he uses his stick well. There’s no reason for them to cut him. It’s a nice problem for them to have, but obviously, on our side, it pushes us to work harder and want to earn our position.” – Arber Xhekaj
The colossus mustn’t get discouraged and must keep a positive attitude if he wants to impress management.
“If they say it’s going to help me in the long run and I have to trust them, I’m obviously going to trust them. They know what they’re talking about. If I have to come here and improve, that’s what I’m going to do.” – Arber Xhekaj
With a mindset like this, he’s sure to give himself the best chance of finding his team-mates in Montreal.
“I don’t think they want me to be a sixth or seventh defender in Montreal. I think they want me to be a top player who ends up playing 20 minutes, and I’m heading towards that. So, I think I just need to clean up my game in the defensive zone and hope it translates up there.” – Arber Xhekaj
However, congestion on the blue line, mainly on the left side, isn’t helping Xhekaj find his way back into the Habs line-up at all.
With a few games to get used to, he’s having a good time in Laval. In fact, he scored his first goal in a Rocket uniform on Friday.
He’s much more disciplined and his decisions with the puck are improving.
For the time being, I can’t think of anyone in the Tricolore’s current line-up who could make room for Xhekaj.
A trade would have to be made, or, unfortunately and hopefully not, an injury would have to occur… again.
I think we’re all tired of seeing these players go down with injuries, we’re due for a deal.
But even then, we’d have to be sure to give the colossus some quality playing time.
At that point, if it suits Xhekaj, I’d have him play in Laval for the rest of the season, playing big minutes. He could give the Rocket a real boost for the playoffs.
– Wow! Quite a comeback for the Stars.
The Nashville Predators were leading 2-1 with 13 seconds to go in regulation.
The Dallas Stars won the game 3-2 IN REGULATION.
– Jason Gold (@JayGold85) December 23, 2023
– Is this the NHL or the WWE?
The Gudbranson move is becoming more popular it seems pic.twitter.com/9xyQ1ZGIej
– HFTV (@HFTVSports) December 23, 2023
– What a game.
Pickens turns a short pass into an 84-yard touchdown!https://t.co/UsTg4euseh
– RDS (@RDSca) December 23, 2023
– After all, it was the Panthers who emerged with the victory.
Expressive Mark Stone cannot hear the Panther chirps pic.twitter.com/uqusmUSkCw
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 23, 2023
– Grant McCagg would be surprised not to see Reinbacher in Laval.
– The Sick Podcast – Recrutes Draftcast (@sickpodnhldraft) December 23, 2023