Important statement by St-Louis that speaks volumes about his intentions regarding Arber Xhekaj

Published October 23, 2022 at 9:50
BY JEFF DROUIN

Last night, after the game against the Dallas Stars in which young defenseman Arber Xhekaj scored his first career NHL goal, Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis made an important statement about his young, rugged back.

As you can see from his evolving post-game comments, St-Louis is becoming more and more impressed with the hockey player that Xhekaj is:

"Good words from Martin St. Louis on Arber Xhekaj: "Arber, he's a real hockey player."

That's what he's showing us. I remember Joel Bouchard liked to use the phrase hockey player to praise a player. A great compliment from a coach."


- Reported by Patrick Friolet, RDS

The kind of statement that is very important for a youngster like Xhekaj. Renaud Lavoie noticed it too:

Martin St-Louis on Arber Xhekaj: "He's showing us that he's a hockey player."

It goes back to what we've been saying for a while now: Arber is more than just a "strongman" who scares opposing players. He's an interesting hockey player, with the potential to become a solid all-around defenseman.

From the way St. Louis was talking yesterday, with this statement, but also with a few other small comments, you can see that the head coach is really starting to see Xhekaj as a regular NHL defenseman. It says a lot about his intentions and we love it! It looks like Xhekaj is really not going to leave the Montreal Canadiens' lineup anytime soon.

Even with the possible return of Joel Edmundson, and Mike Matheson, do you think Arber Xhekaj should absolutely stay in the lineup?


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Important statement by St-Louis that speaks volumes about his intentions regarding Arber Xhekaj

Even with the possible return of Joel Edmundson, and Mike Matheson, do you think Arber Xhekaj should absolutely stay in the lineup?

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