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CHL Notes: Savoie working on games with Sabers while in WHL

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Future NHL stars are growing in the Canadian Hockey League this season. Each week, highlights some of the up-and-coming players partnered with the NHL in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League.

Matt Savoie knows he gets a call after almost every game, and he appreciates it.

The 9th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabers, the prospect has spoken frequently with Sabers director of player development Adam Mare since returning to Winnipeg in the Western Hockey League. He said he was.

With 11 points (five goals and six assists) in seven consecutive games, Cole is clearly positive. But there were moments when the 18-year-old had to be taught.

“We’ll look at clips and videos and what I can work on and what he likes.”

Savoie enjoys constant criticism of his game.

“It’s always better to get as much feedback as possible and we’re always looking for new ways to keep improving,” he said. I think we can continue to improve our game by looking at different aspects of it and meeting a lot of intelligent hockey minds who will critique your game and teach you how to approach it will definitely take a long time You can walk your way.”

Sabers general manager Kevin Adams said keeping lines of communication open was important for more than just Savoie’s growth on the ice.

“We want to build trust and build relationships with the organization, not just with Matt, but with all of our prospective customers,” Adams said. It can be just checking in on how things are going and what’s going on in their lives because we want our players to know that we care.” I’m going to do

“One of the messages I send to all young players at Rookie Camp is that we are in this organization and will do everything we can to help you become the best player you can be. Be professional in taking responsibility. There are expectations we place on you, but we will do all we can to help you. It’s a part and Adam’s going back and forth…and we’ve got the rest of the player development guys.”

Savoir (5’9″, 179 lbs) has come a long way in Sabers training camp, playing in three preseason games before returning to Winnipeg. Although he had no points, he felt he left a positive impression on Sabers management.

“My speed, they liked the way I was skating through the neutral zone with the puck and using my skating ability to challenge defenders one-on-one,” he said. “It’s my all-around game. They liked the way I competed on defense and how reliable I was in all three zones.”

The key now, he said, is to focus on maintaining credibility and accountability on and off the ice when it comes to getting stronger.

“I want to keep going faster and stronger, and I want to be able to hold the shift a little longer,” said Savoie. “Just doing more workouts after games, being in the gym as much as possible, and doing extra workouts on top of team workouts. All of that goes a long way in how much more we can get out of the season. You can build muscle during the season. I think this will be a good opportunity for me to do so.

Other notes

Brennan Osman, LW, Flint (New York Rangers): Osman continued to score hotly to start the season, including two goals and an assist in an 8–1 win against Erie on 14 October. In 2021 he was selected by the Rangers in the first round (16th) of the NHL Draft in New York. have earned.

Joshua Roy, RW, Sherbrooke (Montreal Canadiens): Roy started the season with a seven-game scoring streak, including six consecutive multi-point games. He has scored his 3rd or more in his 3rd game against Moncton on October 8, with his best 4 points (1 goal and 3 assists). His 12 assists are his tie for third. Selected by the Canadiens in the 5th round (No. 150) of the 2021 NHL Draft, Roy started the season with 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 7 games, helping Canada hold his August Helped him win the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships. He scored his first goal in the final against Finland, which Canada won in his 3–2 extra time.

Lucas Ciona, LW Seattle (Calgary Flames): Ciona set her season-opening scoring streak by scoring six points (three goals and three assists) in six games in Seattle’s 11-3 victory over Everett on October 15. And his first WHL hat-trick, the 19-year-old has his 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in six games, tied for fifth in the league. Ciona, who was drafted by the Flames in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2021 draft, scored 35 points (17 goals and 18 assists) in 53 games last season.