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Notebook - June 7, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD – In today’s Notebook: The coach makes his rounds, Tinordi’s adjustment period and Palushaj’s next step.

Level up: Of the 33 players attending the Habs development camp, only three were lucky enough to lace up their skates for a few games with the Canadiens in the 2010-11 season. Andreas Engqvist, Brendon Nash and Aaron Palushaj all made the most of their brief stints in the big leagues.

“I feel good – I think I had a solid year and that I played pretty well. Obviously it was nice to get up here for a few games and get a taste of the NHL. I thought I played well for the couple of games I was here and now I’m just looking to have a strong summer and make a good push to make the team this year,” dropped Palushaj who admitted he’ll be looking to bulk up over the offseason.

“Strength is a huge thing for me right now. I’m only 21 so there’s still a lot of room for me to improve – I just have to keep doing what I’m doing, eating well, training hard and improving my all around game.”

Low pressure: While the temptation to start an early evaluation of some of the players at development camp might be hard to resist, Habs head-coach Jacques Martin promised that he’s only here to observe… for now.

“It’s good for these guys to have a week where the focus is more on their improvement and less on their evaluation, so when they come back for rookie camp or the main training camp they’re much more prepared,” explained Martin.

“It’s a great environment for these young players to come train in, and if you look at the things they’re working on this week the concentration is on their agility, power and skating technique. They’re learning skills that are very specific to the positions that they play.”

Learning Curve: Making the jump from the USHL to the OHL doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges and it didn’t take long for Jarred Tinordi to realize it was time to make some adjustments to the way he approached the game.

“I wasn’t used to playing as many games as we played during the week and playing back-to-back three or four games on the road, so it took a little adjustment figuring out how I’m supposed to prepare for games and what I’m supposed to eat and stuff like that,” explained the young defenseman while discussing how his 63 games in 2010-11 stacked up against the 26 he played the year before. 

“It was definitely a bit of trial and error figuring out the best way to take care of my body and stay in good shape throughout the year.”

Justin Fragapane is a writer for

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