Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien spoke about the development of Juraj Slafkovski, whose lack of production has fans worried.
In his second NHL season, the 2022 No. 1 draft pick was limited to one goal and two assists in 17 games.
Invited by TVA Sports as a hockey analyst on Saturday nights, Julien came to the defense of the Slovakian forward.
“I’ve seen an improvement in his game lately,” he noted. He gains self-confidence. We must not forget that it is a large market. He feels the pressure.”
Julien talked about the progress of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, whom he guided during his second stint on the Habs bench.
“We can use the example of Kotkaniemi. The same thing happened to him in Carolina his first two years. Now he is starting to find his game. It is also important to be patient with Slafkovski. He’s a big guy and a good hockey player.”
Watch Julien’s full intervention in the video above.