BROSSARD - With a lineup that of players mostly expected to start the season in Montreal, the Canadiens got back to work on Monday morning ahead of their evening showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ricoh Coliseum.
Head coach Claude Julien put his troops through some power play training, including the use of Jonathan Drouin as one of four forwards on the man advantage. No. 92 was pleased to get the opportunity to work some magic from the point.
"I'm very comfortable, especially with the personnel we have. You have space, especially on this side. I like being on the left, coming in with speed," explained Drouin, who draws back into the lineup after last seeing game action on Wednesday night against the Capitals. "You can shoot, pass, bring it up high to Shea [Weber] and you can send it to Max [Pacioretty] for a one-timer. I think it should work.
Video: Drouin on using four forwards on the power play
"NHL teams have used four forwards for a long time. With our group, we have a lot of assets. With Shea Weber, you have a powerful slapshot up high and Hemsky is very good, we saw him last game, he made some really nice plays."
Artturi Lehkonen, who saw time on a four-forward power play unit on Saturday against the Senators, is also enjoying the arrangement.
"I like it. When Jo [Drouin] has the puck on the half-wall, you have to always be ready. You never know what he's going to do, he's so sneaky," said Lehkonen, who skated for 6:37 with the man advantage in Ottawa. "He makes really good plays, so you have to be ready at all times for whatever he decides to do with it."
The Finnish winger has mixed in well on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Charles Hudon in the preseason, and was looking forward to being back in action together at Ricoh Coliseum.
"Of course, it feels good when you find chemistry right from the get-go. We're still getting better and we're learning from each other, so we just have to make it happen tonight," he explained. "[Hudon] is really good with the puck, he can make really good plays, he wins a lot of one-on-one battles."
Speaking of mixing in well, nineteen-year-old Victor Mete should also get a look on the power play against the Leafs after skating on a likely second unit in Brossard on Monday, in another show of confidence for the young rearguard.
Mete, who scored 15 goals for the London Knights last season, admits that he's already made significant advancements in his game in the short time he's been playing alongside Shea Weber.
Video: Mete on what he's learned from Weber
"He'll always have my back. He's taught me a lot on three-on-two's, how to play my stick and a lot on two-on-one's, how to get in their heads and figure out what they're going to do," praised Mete. "He's shown me a lot, pretty much in all three zones and on the power play, too."
Training camp has been quite the ride for the native of Woodbridge, ON, but despite his early success, Mete isn't shifting his mental approach to the experience.
"I still haven't made the team yet. I have to keep going every day. That's still the motto in my head, that there's nothing to lose, only to gain," he concluded. "I just want to go out there, do what I can, show my game and show everybody what I can do."