Drouin completed in 2021-22
Now, by comparison, Darwin’s 2021-22 season is over, as he underwent wrist surgery. He is expected to return to start the training camp next season, which will be his last under contract, after which he will be 28 years old.
In theory, this should To be the head of Darwin. Add to that the fact that he is playing for his next contract, and Drouin is on his way to achieving 2022-23…only with the Canadians, despite the fact that there have been many calls for him to be traded. Unlike, say, Jeff Petrie, he won’t be transferred next summer for the simple reason of his injury.
Furthermore, is there a team likely to fly a Druin sometime next season, without proven to be fully recovered (or without the Hab accepting significantly less than market value for its services)?
Drouin still has a lot to offer (someone)
Maybe not right away, but in the end, yes. There’s a good chance that Darwin will build on his relatively successful campaign. Drouin apparently left the team last season to deal with personal issues and the questions were exhaustive, regarding his ability to continue playing hockey after scoring just two goals and 23 points in 44 games.
However, for long periods This is amazing In the season, he’s been one of the Habs’ most consistent offensive contributors, fast paced with less than 15 goals and 50 points over a full 82 games. This admittedly doesn’t say all that much, all things considered. However, he can realistically play his part in the conversation of potential business goals for a competitor who comes on the next deadline, if the Hab can’t stay in the cut-off.
Who do you know? There was a huge improvement under caretaker coach Martin St Louis, and the Canadians immediately turned him over after horrific campaigns in the past, with outgoing Ben Chiaroot suggesting a lot after his trade. He is credited with being a proven breakout player. Therefore, there are conceivable circumstances in which Drouin could stay past this point next season.
The return of Drouin vs.
True, the undeniable fact of the matter is that Darwin has been generally frustrated during his five seasons now with the Canadians. However, a large part of the disappointment stems from the fact that he was replaced by Mikhail Sergechev, who, arguably, was a perfect fit alongside Shea Weber to replace Andrei Markov as the team’s best left-handed defense.
However, that ship had sailed at this point. Webber is now coincidentally “retired” according to Drwin himself. The left side of the defense is expected to be incredibly strong in just a few years as Habs management (General Manager Kent Hughes, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Jeff Gorton) rebuilds the team to be competitive, however long it takes.
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Needless to say, this is at least a slightly different organization than the one that Darwin joined. While the center is a question mark again, it’s becoming abundantly clear that Darwin isn’t the answer, right there. This was actually evident on day 12, despite Habs attempting to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Hughes should keep Drouin for the foreseeable future
In the vacuum, Drouin is just as he was with Tampa Bay Lightning: a top-six winger, but he, despite many popular opinions, isn’t that bad of a decade. And after the departures of Tyler Toffoli and Artturi Lehkonen, it wasn’t as if the Habs had a surplus in this department. It could still be useful.
Admittedly, it was a misguided decision about former GM part Marc Bergevin to acquire Drouin in the first place. Ironically, it would be a misguided decision on Hughes’s part to trade it before he absolutely needed to. In that sense, Darwin’s injury is almost a blessing in disguise, effectively forcing the Canadians to keep him in the fold for now.
The bottom line is that Drouin could still be a pleasant surprise next season. Come to think of it, admittedly it’s a bit like Bergevin saying of Alex Galchenok, the player he was supposed to replace in the middle, “I’ve seen Alex every day… and I’m sure we’re talking today Alex is unable to He played that center every day.”
On the other hand, Galshinok spent six seasons with the Canadians before being separated by confinement, just like Drwin would if he did not stay with confinement after 2022-23. So, yes, it might be foolish to assume that Drouin is more than what we’ve seen up to this point, but why not hold on to hope? Who hurts, especially under the current circumstances?
The value of Darwin’s trade was not particularly high. Even when the Canadians got it. It’s even lower now. In that respect, the Canadians wouldn’t have much to lose to keep him on board for as long as possible, even if the trade was realistic. it’s not. As a result, they will get a lot.
After 10 years of writing hockey, Ryan decided it was as good a time as ever to actually join The Hockey Writers for the 2014-15 season. After making guest appearances on shows like CBC Radio One’s Daybreak, Ryan has also written for the Montreal Gazette and Bleacher Report and has worked for the NHL itself and his hometown of Montreal Canadiens. He is currently writing about all things Habs for THW, with it being a career highlight for him to cover the 2021 Stanley Cup Final as a certified member of the press.