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in General football talk! Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:13 am
by Jweaosdnan • 23 Posts

The Wild need Niederreiter to be one of their best players, and would like for him to become more of a leader, as well. El Nino can begin answering those questions with a strong, determined training camp or he can elicit fears in Wild management with a less-then-inspired effort.

Last year showed the 25-year-old is on the cusp of hitting his stride as an NHL player. Now, with new contract signed, will he take that next step?

General manager Marc Bergevin said the other day that Jonathan Drouin was acquired this summer to play center. The fact that he last regularly played the position in major junior at Columbus Blue Jackets Boone Jenner hockey jersey Halifax is besides the point, according to the GM and his coach, Claude Julien.

The Canadiens desperately need a top-line pivot, and believe Alex Galchenyuk is better served playing on the wing than down the middle. With Phillip Danault the only other top-six forward able to play center, Drouin is thrust into the role. It's either a huge win for the Habs and Drouin -- French Canadian saves the Canadiens! -- or could be a disaster if the gifted Drouin either wilts under the blinding spotlight of his hometown, or hefty contract extension, or both.

Drouin seems confident and relaxed as camp opens, but all eyes will be on him throughout the pre-season to see if he is up to the challenge.

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