As we all know, if the Montreal Canadiens hope to compete for a playoff spot in the highly competitive Atlantic Division, then their strength will have to be more effective than in the past few seasons.This is why Mike Hoffman such a valuable acquisition General manager Marc Bergevin feels that his signing was a little under-reported during an eventful offseason for Habs.
Here is some interesting information about Montreal’s newest sharpshooter.
He did not take the easy NHL road
Hoffman Entered the best hockey league in the world in a difficult way. At the beginning of the 2007-08 season, he was eliminated by his hometown team Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers, and then landed in Quebec’s main youth hockey league with Gatineau. After playing 19 games with the Olympic team, he was released again and was eventually picked up by the Drummondville Voltigeurs, then coached by Guy Boucher.
After Hoffman was bypassed in the 2008 NHL draft, in his first year of qualification, he tried the Philadelphia Flyers but did not enter the team. Inspired by this series of rejections, he returned to Drummondville, scoring 52 goals and 94 points in 62 games, helping Voltigeurs win the QMJHL championship and a seat in the 2009 Commemorative Cup. He scored 19 goals in 21 playoff games.
“Any experience you have, you want to learn a positive side from it. It brought me here today. This is who I am today,” Hoffman explained.
The Ottawa Senator noticed Hoffman’s impressive year and selected him in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. His career path is equally difficult. He played with the Senator Binghamton for four seasons in the American Hockey League, won the Calder Cup in 2011, and eventually became a full-time NHL player in the 2014-15 season.
He is familiar with the pressures of the Canadian market
In addition to playing junior hockey at Kingston, Gatineau, Drummondville and St. John’s, after spending the first seven years of his career in Ottawa, Hoffman seized the opportunity to return after leaving for three seasons. Canada.
“There is nothing better than playing hockey in Canada, let alone Montreal. As an original six team, fans, atmosphere and city, it has everything you want as a hockey player,” Hoffman said.
Before returning home, the 31-year-old pitted in Florida and St. Louis. Last season he contributed 17 goals and 36 points for the Blues. When playing for the Panthers in 2018, he set a career high with 36 goals and 70 points.Along the way, he broke a Paul Free A team record of 17 consecutive victories.
He is a born archer
Hoffman came to the Canadians to fill the left-wing vacancy caused by Thomas Statar’s departure from New Jersey and to provide a much-needed improvement to this man’s advantage.
Cases and key points, 67 of 189 goals in his career In his Game of Thrones 545 NHL tenureHe is a prolific shooter. His scoring is not based on strength, but on accuracy and lightning speed. Imagine a shooting range where Hoffman and Cole Caulfield shot the puck from two faceoff circles. Although he is not well-known for his defensive ability at 5 vs. 5, if he can pose a constant threat to Montreal’s strong team, then Bergevin will get rich returns through his steady investment.
He skated with Ben Chiarot in the summer
Habs’ locker room will not be crowded with strangers skating and golfing with Hoffman Ben Chiaro In the summer. He also played with rookie Chris Widman in Ottawa.
Although he is naturally taciturn, he is bold enough Put on the Boston Celtics hat He walked into the changing room of the Canadians for the first time. At least not the Bears.When visiting Bell Center for the first time as Hab in August, he revealed that he likes steak and bacon, is an avid car enthusiast, especially Ferrari, and looks forward to it. Discover all the rich history of Montreal, Whether it is a city or a team.
Although Hoffman has considerable qualifications, he may come to the Canadians in a seemingly trivial way, but his offensive skills and talented ability will prompt him to quickly become a bright spotlight in Montreal.
Since March 2020, Melissa has been covering the Montreal Canadiens for The Hockey Writers. She is also the social media community manager of THW and the co-host of the weekly show Chicks & Sticks produced by THW. In 2006, she took the lead in launching the social media projects of the Canadian Tennis Association and Rogers Cup, and has been the main person in charge for more than 10 years. She has written articles for several tennis websites and interviewed Roger Federer and Serena Williams among others. Although her sports career began in tennis, her first love has always been hockey. She has a degree in journalism from Concordia University.