Rick Tocchet breaks down Christian Dvorak's game

Published September 13, 2021 at 10:11

Christian Dvorak, the Montreal Canadiens' new 2nd center is likely to impress some with his versatility, perfection and offensive potential. He is on the verge of becoming a player almost as perfect as Patrice Bergeron, his idol, who could explode offensively with the Montreal Canadiens.

Everyone who knows Dvorak has given him an overwhelmingly positive review. Everyone agrees that he remains an upgrade to Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and even Phillip Danault... He will become the perfect support for Nick Suzuki, who will be able to count on a lot of support!

That being said, Dvorak's former coach with the Yotes, Rick Tocchet, had some fresh words to say about his former protégé, whom he used to overuse. He deconstructed Dvorak, then you can perceive all the love he has for him.

"He's a very good player, who plays very well in his territory. When he's at his best, he scores goals around the net. If you look at a lot of his goals, they are scored 15 feet from the net. He has that quick draw, but he also jumps on a lot of returns and scores on deflections. Those are important goals. Those kinds of players willing to go close to the goalie and work the middle of the ice is hard to find."

"We had to make a lot of sacrifices because we were trying to stay in games. But Divo, when I put him with Crouse and Pitlick, and when they were playing MacKinnon or I was putting them against Kopitar, those guys did really well, and I think Divo was a big part of that. He's really good at going against the other team's top centers."

"That's a role we gave him after we lost (Derek) Stepan and (Brad) Richardson. I'll be honest, he kept us in games, and we even won some games with his ability to neutralize the other team's best players. There were some really good centers in our division and he did a really good job of stopping them," said Tocchet.

* These words were collected by The Athletic.

There you go. Is that clear? The Montreal Canadiens have acquired a gem. For those who still doubted it today, D-Vo will become critically important to the team, as he will be used in every way possible.
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