According to his coach | Kaiden Guhle is ready for the NHL

(Saint-Jean) In four seasons at the helm of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Brad Lauer admits he’s never seen a player ready to join the NHL like the Montreal Canadiens’ Cayden Guhl.

Posted yesterday at 12:24 PM.

Alexis Belanger Champagne
Canadian Press

Lauer praised the physical qualities of the Hab selection team in the first round, at the age of 16e In 2020. Also, remember how mature Guhle is on the ice.

“He has a very professional style in his game, on and off the ice,” Lauer said, a few hours before the showdown between the Oil Kings and the Shawinigan Cataracts at the Memorial Cup. “He is a very mature person.

“In four years, of all the players I’ve coached, he’s probably the most prepared for the National Hockey League.”

The Oil Kings acquired Guhle from the Prince Albert Raiders mid-season and Lauer got to know the 20-year-old Albertan.

“The way he carries himself off the ice,” he said, “he is very humble.” It is impressive for a young man. »

Oil Kings captain Jake Nebors was full of praise for Guhle, too. After all, the 6-foot-2, 199-pound defender scored 8 goals and many assists in 19 WHL playoffs.

Guhle’s performance earned him the title of Playoff Player of the Year.

” [Son acquisition] He had an impact in all aspects of the game, neighbors claimed. In the locker room, he is the captain. On the ice, everyone sees him on his way to contain the opponent, playing body hockey.

“At the same time, he was one of the best offensive players, not only among the defenders, in the playoffs. »

Improved offensive game

Guhle noted that it was probably the offensive side that had improved dramatically during a busy season.

After making a good impression in the Canadian camp, he started the campaign with the Raiders, collecting 15 points in 17 matches. It was traded with the oil kings at 1Verse December added 25 points in the most matches during the “regular” table. Meanwhile, he also captained Junior Canada for two games, before the tournament was postponed to this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was able to deal with a lot of coaches and learn from different people,” Guhli said. I think my offensive game has improved here because I am surrounded by very talented players.

“I think the coaches also trust me to hold the disc.”

Guhle formed an effective defensive duo with Luke Prokop. The latter praised Guhle’s qualities as a skater, despite his large size.

“His skateboarding and his way of looking at the game allow him to fix his mistakes and he rarely makes them,” said Nashville Predators, prospective Prokop.

Lauer will rely heavily on this duo to take on the best opposing elements during the Anniversary Cup.

Guhle intends to focus fully on the tournament, having suffered an early elimination for the Memorial Cup after three preliminary round defeats with the Raiders in 2019.

He will not confirm whether he will return as captain of Junior Canada’s Edmonton and Red Deer team in August. He will make a decision after the Anniversary Cup.

It doesn’t matter, his summers will be short, but he’ll get his hands in the dough to give himself the best chance of getting a spot with the Canadians in the fall.

“No player in the NHL I’ve worked with thinks his game is over,” said Lauer, who served as an assistant coach for seven seasons in the National Hockey League with Senators in Ottawa, Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning.

” he is [Guhle] He is the never satisfied type of guy, who shows up every day with the intention of working on all aspects of his game. That’s his approach and that’s why he’s going to play in the NHL.”

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