Last night’s exhibition game in Quebec City was a stark reminder that teams are not close to being ready to start the regular season.
Montreal’s veteran players looked to be going through the motions for most of the night versus a Boston lineup that would have been in tough against the Quebec Remparts, let alone a bonafide NHL team.
Up front the Habs’ players who most impressed were Daniel Audette, Michael McCarron and Jacob de la Rose, which bodes well for the future but not necessarily for the first few months of the season.
It was clear during the rookie tournament that Audette had taken another step in his development over the summer as he was noticeably quicker than at any other point in his young career. That added speed will only help him take another step in his quest to secure a permanent spot in Montreal’s lineup over the next few seasons even if the odds are stacked against him because he is 5-9, and the Habs already have an abundance of forwards under 6-0.
That won’t be up to Audette however; all he can do is make the decision difficult to keep sending him down to the minors, and the best way to achieve that is to have a solid training camp. So far, that goes without saying. Audette won’t make the Habs this fall, but it certainly looks like he’s ready to procure a top-two center role in the AHL and put up solid point totals this season.