Paul Byron described himself as a Swiss Army Knife because of his ability to play different roles in training camp. Since coming to Montreal in 2015-2016, he has played on the left and right wings in the second and fourth rows.
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The 31-year-old striker has scored 20 or more goals in two seasons to his name. This happened in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. From the beginning of the year, T-Paul Did not take his juggling education skills.
He focused on two main responsibilities, Jake Evans and Arthuri Lehkonen, the winger of the fourth line in the organization, in addition to appearing in the acronym.
On paper and on ice, the fourth trio of CH looks great. In the past, Byron often found himself in the final dangerous section, but he believes the trio could have turned out to be the best from their first stages in Montreal.
“Yeah, there’s a lot of potential in this line,” Byron said. We still have good players in the fourth row. I already played with Philip Donald and Torre Mitchell (2015-2016 and 2016-2017). I saw the things in Jake that I saw Phil. Jake is young and he grows up. Arthuri is a very good player, can play anywhere on the ice. We know we have a good defensive line, but we are also trying to help the team dangerously. ”
More than a fourth trio
Historically, Claude Julian never wanted to count his triads. Byron is not afraid to do this, but he finds the fourth number on a team that is much deeper is more valuable.
“We are the fourth line. But when he saw the three of us, he remembered that all four of them were good. When we take the three guys from the fourth line, we can find three guys in the third row with three NHL teams. We give energy. When our team finishes a power play, we often face the best rank of the opposing team. Our team’s identity is built on four lines capable of hitting one after the other. I really like the three of us and I think we get better. “
Dangerously, the fourth line scored just five-on-five goals in six games. Evans hit the target with a 7-3 win over the Canucks on Thursday in Vancouver. Exceeding, Evans and Lehkonen also scored.
In the ideal world, and it does not exist, Julian still wants five-for-five goals for the Evans gang. But we will return to the critics.
“Yeah, I like these three,” Julian said. All three are doing a good job. We are talking about three workers. They complement each other nicely and they have great chemistry. Evans is a very smart center. He blended in well. I’m very comfortable with this line, I can use it against the best line of the opposing team. “
Hitting a slap shot from Shea Weber in Game 5 of Season 5 in Vancouver, Byron chased down the pain very quickly and did not need to attend the next game, again against the Canucks.
“I was scared to see Shia take off. The puck is low. I tried to avoid the shot. When the puck hit me, it hurt. I’m lucky to be able to play. In the future, I will try to be in a better place to hide without touching the keeper. “
► In the absence of concussion Joel Army, Corey Perry was on the right wing in the third row along with Jesperi Kotkinimi and Tyler Topoli in training on Wednesday.