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Juraj Slafkovsky was slightly confronted by a journalist and his answer is perfect


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Jeff Drouin
September 16, 2022  (6:33 PM)
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Last night, in the very first game of the rookie tournament for the Montreal Canadiens' prospects, several young players were trying to prove themselves and were being watched closely, including of course the first overall pick of 2022, Juraj Slafkovsky.

The CH management, the fans, the journalists [...] everyone was watching his work closely, and we can say that he showed very good things.
In particular, his speed (despite his very imposing size) as well as his skills as a playmaker were highlighted.
On the other hand, not surprisingly, like all rookies, Slafkovsky was not perfect and he made some mistakes. Now the important thing is to see how he progresses and how he handles it all. The least we can say is that he absolutely seems to have the attitude as well as the character for the job.
MONTREAL PRESSURE
In a post-game media scrum, Slafkovsky was quick to see what it's like to play a game in a Habs uniform, as he was confronted by a reporter about trying to do too much at times.
His response was simply perfect.
"When I get on the ice, I'm not trying to prove to anyone that I deserved to be first overall. I'm trying to help my team win." - Juraj Slafkovsky

These are details, but it's so important to see that aspect of a young guy coming into a market like Montreal with a ton of pressure on his shoulders, and with expectations that are huge for him.
The talent is really important, but the mental (character) for a young first overall pick of a team like the Montreal Canadiens, that's paramount.
Confronted with his shortcomings from yesterday's game, Slafkovsky delivered a very convincing press conference, and that says a lot about his mental strength and his future as a hockey player.
"By the way, for those who might have questions about the Slovak's response to the Montreal pressure, he was very comfortable in the post-game interview." - Renaud Lavoie

The young forward Slafkovsky added that he will continue to trust himself, and that he is looking forward to the next game. He knows it's going to get tougher and tougher, and he loves it. Solid!
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Juraj Slafkovsky was slightly confronted by a journalist and his answer is perfect

Do you think SHANE WRIGHT would have been mentally strong enough for the pressure in Montreal?

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