James Patrick not surprised by Kaiden Guhle

James Patrick not surprised by Kaiden Guhle

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WINNIPEG | Defender Kaiden Guhle is having a more than respectable start to the season with the Canadian. His performance comes as no surprise to James Patrick, who spent more than 20 years in the NHL.  

With his team, the Winnipeg Ice, Patrick has faced Guhle several times over the past few seasons. And those weren't always good times.

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In recent playoffs, Guhle's team, the Oil Kings of Edmonton, eliminated ICE in five games in the WHL semi-final. 

“I'm not surprised at the way he plays presently, mentioned James Patrick. He was the best player in our league last year.

Whoever played 1,280 NHL games with the Rangers, Sabers, Flames and defunct Hartford Whalers noticed a difference between Guhle's last two junior seasons. 

“After being drafted, he did not seem in full control of his means,” added the ICE head coach. Then, he was at development camp, rookie camp and the real Canadiens camp last year. It seems to have helped him a lot.

“He came back to our league and he was dominant. He could do anything. He always had the puck and he could do anything on the ice. Becoming the best player on our league gave him the confidence he needed for the future.

“That's what allowed him to make the leap to the NHL at the age of 20. . Not everyone can do this. »