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Expect to see Kaiden Guhle in Montreal next year

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Recently recovered from his title of most valuable player in the WHL playoffs, Kaiden Guhle today delivered a multimedia tour to various Montreal media ahead of his participation in the Memorial Cup.

Hearing him speak, you immediately understand some of the characteristics used to describe him. He is a mature, humble and serious young man. In other words, he understands “the game”. The Edmonton Oil Kings player knows what to say when he’s in front of the microphone and he’s certainly not one to put his foot in his mouth.

These are qualities that have also been often cited when describing Shea Weber, a player Guhle has been compared to since he was drafted 16th overall by the Canadiens in 2020. While on TSN 690, he was also asked what he thought of this comparison:

It’s “cool” to be in the same conversation as Shea. He is a famous player, very talented, and he is a good person off the ice. I think I’m my own player. It’s great to be mentioned like this, but I still have a lot of work to do before I confront him. Obviously we have similarities, but I still have a lot to work on before I think about comparing myself with him.

In addition to having similar builds (although Weber is a little taller and fatter), both defenders play similar styles of play. They play well both ways and are responsible with the puck. Without being true quarterbacks, they are still able to contribute to the five-man attack.

But the characteristic that most often leads to comparisons between the two men is certainly their leadership. Guhle captained his previous team, the Prince Albert Raiders, as well as the Canadian team at the most recent World Junior Championship.

Additionally, during their careers at WHL, the two have maintained similar stats. Guhle finished with 0.55 ppg, while Weber had 0.49.

Despite being picked at the end of the second round (49th overall), the former captain managed to settle in the NHL at the age of 21. Will Guhle be able to do the same? If we trust Jacob Boucher, one of his former teammates, it would seem so.

“This guy is ‘NHL ready.’ I find that his hockey sense, his physique … He has everything to be a good player in the National League. He’s superimposed. He’s super humble. Nothing goes beyond his head. There is nothing you think is better than the team. He is a good teammate. “

Remember, however, that Kent Hughes said last April that he didn’t want to have three recruits on his defensive squad next year.

With Jordan Harris and Justin Barron knocking on the door, not to mention Mattias Norlinder, Arber Xhekaj and Corey Schueneman (officially, also a rookie) the fight will be Very fierce.

But Guhle will have the advantage of arriving at the retirement in “game form”. At the end of the month, in fact, the Memorial Cup will play. The Junior World Championship (finally) will be played from 9 to 20 August. Again, the left-handed should be the captain of the maple leaf. When the Canadian starts his retirement in the fall, he should therefore be one of the fittest players and the most ready for competition.

Despite the stiff competition in defense, I think Guhle will play a lot in Montreal next year. He will certainly play a few games at Laval, but if we take into account his qualities on the ice as well as on the outside, it is obvious that Guhle is already a professional.

While he may never win the Norris, he will have a very long career in the NHL and is one of the key pieces around which Hughes and Jeff Gorton want to rebuild the Canadiens.

Lot of

– I agree. Between Kuemper and Francouz, the difference is not that great.

– The Rocket, Montreal’s second most popular team?

– Even without accumulating individual honors, he will be remembered as one of the greats of his generation.

– Very nice!

– Very nice experience for the Quebecer.

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