Season Review: Sagueneens in the right direction

general-sagueneensIn light of last season, the general manager and head coach of the Chicoutimi, Yanick Jean, is convinced of rowing in the right direction.

“There is one year, at the same stage of the review, I felt completely different from the way I feel now,” said he mentioned late Thursday afternoon when meeting with the press to do the post-mortem of the season which ended Monday with an elimination in six meetings against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Yanick Jean recalled that last summer, he completely revamped the organizational chart, Raynald Nepton assistant coaches. He first used the opportunity to thank all staff saying welcome them back.

At the camp, the coaches then concentrated energy to put their stamp on a team with 15 new items, including five players of 16, with young leaders. “They did an amazing job to change the attitude of the team,” emphasized the pilot of the Blues, still focusing again on the values ​​he again repeated, discipline, sense of belonging and override. “We were convinced that with values ​​like that, our fans would be proud of the show on ice. Regardless of age, there was no excuse for not working and I consider this side, it’s mission accomplished “, announced Yanick Jean, using the term reconstruction, which he seen not as something negative.

In his mind, the quality of the group was unquestionably chemistry with players who were shooting in the same direction. “We were a little older players who agreed to be erased, and more physical on the penalty kill. It will leave its mark and a legacy for the future. With our young players who have seen this example, it will make to make small and they will grow in a positive attitude, “noted the coach and DG, ensuring that no player will come knocking on the door his office to complain.

“Everyone wants to score goals, but it is not everyone who has the ability to do so. You can still bring something to a team and be recognized for your true value. These players have found a way to contribute in their own way “to express Yanick Jean, confirming that alignment would remain much more stable during the next summer.

With a core consisting of captain Nicolas Roy, Frederic Allard and Julio Billia, the Chicoutimi are expected as one of the best teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League next season. This situation does not change especially how to work coaches. “Our expectations, we will create relative to our values, to respond Yanick Jean. The last thing we will do is to put pressure on our team win. We want to progress. It goes forward. We are convinced that we will be better next season and we are in the right direction. This is intended, this is not to say we will be there or there in the standings. ”

Except for 20 years, the head honcho of Sags has not yet determined players who will not be back next year. “It’s important to let go of time to digest it and to have a good analysis of the situation”, telling Yanick Jean has begun individual meetings that will be with all players.

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