The new season of the NHL is as old as a week, but already, Thomas Chabot stands out as one of its success stories.
The quebec defender of the Ottawa Senators began the campaign on the hats of wheel, with at least a point in each of its first three games. This is especially noted with the evening’s two goals, including a second dramatic, and a pass Saturday night in Toronto.
The dolphin Erik Karlsson knows certainly a better start than this one with the San Jose Sharks, who had been limited to one pass before facing the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
As if that wasn’t enough, it also imposes as a star on the social networks, so that a popular blogger is selling t-shirts with his portrait (in fact, with the anagram of his name, Hotsam Batcho) for a charitable work, in addition to having been the narrator of a fun video of the team (in his English with a good accent) to mark his passage to Boston.
The back of 21-year-old native of Sainte-Marie de Beauce prefer to obviously concentrate on hockey, and on this side, he did not complain. “It’s going well to date. When you look at the matches, I played two matches with (Dylan) DeMelo, and we have a good chemistry. Starting, it’s going to enough in our case. We try to keep it fairly simple, but at the same time, we try to help the team win. We will hope that it will continue like that”, he confided on Tuesday, the return of the team at the Centre Canadian Tire.
“We talked about him during the preseason, but now that he has scored a spectacular goal, everyone seems to realize that it is good. ”
If it continues at this same pace, Chabot will be among the top scorers in the NHL among defenders. Before the party Tuesday night, he was tied for second place behind Morgan Rielly, with his two goals and three assists for five points, and it has a positive spread of more-2.
In his rookie season last year, the first choice of Senators (18th overall) in the draft of 2015 has already shown a good glimpse of his talent offensive with a crop of 9 goals and 25 points in 63 games, which was superior to that of Karlsson in his rookie season (5 goals, 26 points in 60 games).
“We talked about him during the preseason, but now that he has scored a spectacular goal, everyone seems to realize that it is good. We knew right from the start. It was a good start to the season and we need that it continues to be a horse back. It doesn’t say necessarily that, it gives him a pat on the back and told him to continue this way, says the centre Matt Duchene. It is excellent to launch the attack. He could lead if he wanted, but he knows what is best for the team and our forwards. It maintains a good balance.”
Head coach Guy Boucher is pleased with the progress of Chabot, which shows “more calm, more maturity in his game. But he does not want to get carried away too quickly. “People will look at his attack in the last two matches and say, ‘Wow’, like all of us. But in defensive, it should continue to show more consistency. He is still young, there are still nights that are going to be tough. This is the reality… I always knew it was going to be super good, but when we’re making predictions, it is wrong because we want to go too fast. It is necessary to provide for more long, and when it’s going faster, it is a bonus,” says Boucher.
DEMELO MADE A DIFFERENCE
Dylan DeMelo woke up Tuesday, comfortably installed at the top of the NHL with a differential of plus-7, two better than Henri Jokiharju, the Blackhawks of Chicago.
The rear acquired in exchange for Erik Karlsson not to be expected of course not to remain at that rank throughout the season, and to be more productive (one goal and two assists), Karlsson (one-pass). “A good beginning of the season, take me not away pressure. Erik Karlsson is a special player, his pedigree speaks for itself. Me, I’m still looking to find my way in the NHL, be a good player every day. There is no pressure on me, even if I was minus-7 after three matches. It does not matter, especially as this statistic is a bit funky, it does not always reflect how you played,” he said Tuesday.
The defender ontario 24-year-old likes his new partner on the blue line, Thomas Chabot.
“He has the green light to support the attack all the time and I am here for the support… things are going well, but these are only two matches, you must continue. It is fantastic to play with him, he is very intelligent, his play in the defensive zone improves, and when it is going to have mastered it, it’s going to be one of the best defenders in this league”, he noted in his subject.