So far in December, it is running like a well-oiled machine. If he continues at the established pace, he probably won’t see his friends from the junior national team anytime soon.
Juraj Slafkovský in the Montreal Canadiens jersey.
Juraj Slafkovský once again improved his statistics in the overseas NHL. The Slovak hockey super talent contributed to Montreal’s 4-2 win over Seattle with an assist and scored in the third of the past four games.
A battle of star rookies
The match on the ground of the third best team of the Western Conference had a specific flavor for the 18-year-old from Košice. He met Shana Wright for the first time on the ice in a direct fight.
For many months, the young Canadian was the expected pick of the July NHL draft. For most fans, it was unthinkable that Montreal, who was picking first, would reach for someone else.
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But the Canadiens bosses did a double count and decided just before the draft that Slafkovský would be a better choice.
Disappointed Wright “went” in the fourth place. He was overtaken by the second Šimon Nemec (New Jersey), as well as the American Logan Cooley (Arizona).
“I had a bit more motivation, but I didn’t notice it in any special way. I tried to take the duel against the Canadiens like any other game,” said Wright after the fight with the club that rejected him in the draft.Read more Only Slafkovský remains. Wright is done with the NHL for now
The smart center was buzzing with activity from the beginning. In the 16th minute, he pushed through from the goalpost and scored the first goal in the professional league. Among the elite, he managed to play 8 matches with a record of 1+1. For comparison, Slafkovský already has 21 meetings and a productivity of 4+4.
However, the Canadiens countered in a flash and after three accurate shots in the second period took the win to their side. They take a solid five points from the four-game trip.
Slafkovský assisted on Josh Anderson’s goal, which made it 3:1. He confirmed that he is thriving in the newly formed offense with Anderson and center Sean Monahan.
Montreal bosses will decide
The name of the best scorer of the Olympic tournament in Beijing is also mentioned with a possible participation in the upcoming world championship of hockey players under 20 years of age.
The Junior WC will take place from December 26 to January 5 in the Canadian cities of Halifax and Moncton.Read more After a threatening encounter, his friend went to avenge him. Slafkovský received a warning message
Slovakia will be represented in Group B in the company of peers from the USA, Finland, Switzerland and Latvia. It is obvious that if the Slovaks started with Slafkovský, their chances for a more significant result would increase dramatically.
Overseas journalists also asked Canadiens coach Martin St. Louisa. The former striker responded bluntly: “That’s not a question for me. You have to ask our general manager, Kent Hughes.”
The management of the Slovak national team still believes that they will build the strongest possible team in Canada.
“The final menoslov is open, as we have several lucrative names in the game. At the moment, it is difficult to assess the news about them, but I will say that no club has given us a definitive yes or no yet,” Ivan Feneš, coach of the 20s, said after the publication of the preliminary nomination.
However, if Slafkovský continues his performance in December, the chances of Montreal releasing him for the championship will quickly become zero.
Juraj Slafkovský Teammate Sean Monahan congratulates Juraj Slafkovský on his goal on the Calgary ice.
The skilful forward shows that he is already one of the important players of the team, and when you add to that the injuries to other attackers, he is almost indispensable for the team.
The Canadiens will now enjoy a short break, with their next meeting on December 11 against Los Angeles.
Germany is the leader at the MSJ
On Wednesday evening European time, New Jersey also published the list of players fighting for participation in the MSJ.
Slovak fans will be pleased that the Devils also released Šimon Nemec.
The skillful defender, who New Jersey chose in the second place in the July draft, should be among the leaders of the Slovak national team.
The German currently works at the Devils farm in the Utica Comets club. The AHL club confirmed Nemc’s release on Twitter:
Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by hokej.pravda.sk.
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