The Montreal Canadiens should try to encourage more shooting from rookie Juraj Slafkowski. It’s early in the year and Slafkowski is looking great so far. He may have missed some time due to injury, but he’s back on the ice.
The Montreal Canadiens should encourage the rookie to keep shooting to keep the offense from flowing out of Slafkowski. After all, when he shoots the puck, it works well for the young winger.
In six games played in the 2022-23 season, Slafkowski turned the goal over twice, with just five shots. After all, why not see what he can do? If he makes the most of his scoring opportunities, that can only be a good thing for the Habs and Slafkowski.
Juraj Slafkowski should try to stick around with the Montreal Canadiens.
After the Habs’ recent matchup with the St. Louis Blues, head coach Martin St. Louis talked about the win for Slafkowski. He called it his best game of the season. He said it wasn’t his power-play goal that earned him the praise.
Instead, St. Louis was more impressed with how Slafkowski handled each shift. He consistently found ways to get into the game, find ways to get the job done, and ultimately find ways to convert on scoring opportunities when given the chance.
He only averages 11 minutes of ice time, but Slafkowski is very raw. He’s an 18-year-old first overall draft pick. While the ceiling is exciting and fun to think about, the Slovakian still has work to do as he learns and adjusts to the NHL game.
Given the early success and strong performance, it seems the best way to keep the top games together is to build on the performance so far. The Habs should look for the youngster to shoot more.
If he can continue to put together good shifts and create some scoring opportunities with the puck on his stick, that will only bring good things to Slafkowski. It seems like a simple thing, but for the young winger, he has to try to get the puck in the net.
After all, he’s got a 40% shooting percentage so far. It’s only five shots, but it’s still great. Hoping the Habs can help him shoot more, opting to help him find more offense and excel early.