With a zero and five record in the pre-season, the Habs travelled to Quebec City to look to turn around the frustration against the Maple Leafs. It was only the second game of camp for Jonathan Drouin, who is learning center at the pro level and who could also use a little practice quarterbacking the power play. Also, a big night for Victor Mete who tried to keep taking steps to winning a job in the surprising development at camp. So to the Wilde Horses we gallop …..
- – Jonathan Drouin quickly made an impression. Nothing equals talent. You can talk coaches and systems but nothing comes close to talent. That first goal was extraordinary talent: he roofed that back hand so sweetly, and he did it at a high level of speed. Simply beautiful. The Habs had seven goals in their first five games with Drouin playing only one of them. You can’t score without talent. One of my favourite maxims is that coaches teach defence and talent takes care of offence. When a team seems talented but can’t defend, that is on the coach. When a team can’t score, that’s for the most part on the GM. The GM got a beautiful player who, at 22, may be on the verge of living up to his promise. It’s going to be fun to see it happen, if it does.