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NASHVILLE | The role player fourth trio is a well ungrateful. Your usage time is often limited and when you consider that someone can do the job better than you, you find yourself on the bridge.
This is what lives Frédérick Gaudreau for a week. At the time David Hair was the acquisition of Brian Boyle (Cody McLeod), the Bromont had played 41 of 43 games for the team.
Since then, he has settled for the role of a spectator in each of the four games of the Predators in Nashville, which will host the Canadian Thursday night.
“It’s part of the business, he launched for the author of these lines. If there is something that I’ve learned over all these years, it is that the more you put energy in what you can’t control, the more you empires the situation. “
Gaudreau is not a reversal of fortune near. Never drafted nor by a team of the QMJHL or by a formation of the NHL, he went through the steps to force relentlessly. This allows him today to address this situation in a way sum all positive.
“I appreciate it, yet every day, he argued. It doesn’t change anything to the way I present myself to the arena. I also work hard, I prepare myself so seriously. “
In 44 games this season, Gaudreau has scored three goals and added a password. His game time average of 8 min 59 s, in fact the player the least used by Peter Laviolette among those who have donned the uniform of the Predators for at least 24 games.
However, it always seems to be in the good graces of his coach. The latter has admitted to being seated with the young man to explain the situation.
“When you do acquisitions, it is clear that it affects the training. Some of the pieces that must move. This time, it is the case for Rocco (Grimaldi) and Freddy. It has nothing to do with their performance. They have done a good job. This is why they are still here. But you can only dress 12 forwards at every meeting, ” said Laviolette.
In Boyle, the Predators have also put the hand on a centre that is capable of evolving in the numerical and in the massive attack (even if it is strictly to post in front of the net) ; the two spheres of the game in which Gaudreau is rarely sent into the fray.
At the time of the acquisition of the two giants (6 feet, 6 inches and 245 pounds for Boyle, 6 feet, 2 inches and 204 pounds to McLeod), Hair stated that he wanted to add muscle to his training.
The director-general of the Predators, probably had fresh in memory the output of his team to face the Winnipeg Jets in seven games in the second round of the last playoffs.
One can understand it. The Predators use seven players under 6 feet, including Rocco Grimaldi (5’6”), Victor Arvidsson (5’9”), Kevin Fiala (5’10”) and Ryan Ellis (5’10”).
“In the playoffs, you play against different types of opponents. They wanted to go get all the ammunition possible to address all contingencies, ” said Gaudreau, understanding.
“Brian, this is a monster. It is huge. In addition, it is a real one, ” added the striker of 25 years.
Not only Hairs he added weight to his training, he also brought of the experience. Since the spring of 2011, during which Boyle played the first of his 111 playoff games, only three players were more busy once the month of April came : Carl Hagelin (121 games), Ryan McDonagh (113) and Dan Girardi (112).
Boyle reached the final twice and has seen the course of his team’s stop in the final association on two other occasions.
Difficult to raise against this argument.