The departure of Pierrick Dubé did not force Patrick Roy to upset his trios, on the contrary. The player he got from the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Olivier Pouliot, will take his place alongside Théo Rochette and Thomas Caron and Roy expects to offer him more responsibilities in attack.
The calculation could not be more simplistic: Dubé less, Pouliot more.
“We’re just replacing one by the other,” Roy said Thursday, as the team enters the protected environment of Rimouski, where they will play six games in nine days starting tomorrow. I really liked what I saw of Olivier. He skates well and plays well and he seemed to find his line mates on the ice. There was a good chemistry between the three. Obviously, the practices are the practices and I can’t wait to see in a match situation. ”
Another newcomer, defenseman Alex Falardeau, trained on the power play yesterday morning. A test that could continue in Saturday’s game against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
“With the Chevaliers de Lévis, he was playing at the top on the power play. We wanted to see how it could work, ”explained the coach, confirming that the defender acquired from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar should make his debut with his new team on Saturday against … his old team.
The Remparts also claimed goalkeeper Jean-Tommy Auger on waivers on Wednesday. The one whose rights belonged to the Tigres de Victoriaville comes to Quebec as an insurance policy, in the event of an injury or any other reason that would force one of the two keepers of the Remparts, Thomas Sigouin or William Rousseau , to be absent once inside a protected environment.
“Once inside the bubble, you can’t call anyone back. It is for this reason that the majority of clubs have three goalkeepers with them. It was wiser for us, ”added Roy.
Since he did not lend himself to compulsory isolation with the Remparts players, Auger will not be able to accompany the team to Rimouski until February 7.
Errors to be corrected
During this new series of games, Roy hopes that his Red Devils will be able to avoid turnovers in the defensive zone, which caused their loss in the last game last Sunday against the Rimouski Oceanic.
“We want to cut the turnovers in our territory, especially at the exit of the zone when the opposing team applies its forward check. We are going to make turnovers, we will not go from 10, 12, 15 or 20 per game to zero. On the other hand, we must have the urgency to come back and close the enclave to ensure that the chances we give are not category A. ”
In addition, the case of Xavier Fillion is uncertain for the match on Saturday. The reasons for his absence have not been disclosed by the team.