Mathieu Perreault is in his second professional season, and he has been recalled by the Washington Capitals twice this year. The second time came March 28, when the Capitals were short a center because of an injury to Brendan Morrison. Perreault chats with Corey Masisak of Caps Extra about what that day is like for minor league hockey players with NHL dreams.
Q: How did you find out you were coming back to Washington? A: Coach [Mark] French and the GM [Doug Yingst] called me into the office to tell me. At first they were like, ‘Sorry, but you’re not going to play tonight.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ Then they told me I got called up, so it was O.K.
Q: So you just pack a bag and hop in the car? A: Yeah, I tried to make sure I left early in the afternoon so there wasn’t too much traffic. I got here just before 5 [p.m.], so that was perfect.
Q: What do you think about during that drive? A: There are so many things. I am just thinking, ‘I am going to be on the ice with NHL guys tomorrow. Am I going to score? Am I going to feel good? There is a lot of stuff that goes through your mind.
Q: Now that you’ve been called up a couple times, is it different now than that first time? A: For sure, because when I got here all the guys know me, and you just get a lot of, ‘What’s up? How have you been?’ That’s a lot different than some of the looks when get here the first time. It is different, but it is a lot of fun.
Q: What is like not knowing if you will be here for one game or for 18? A: You have to go day-by-day because you don’t really know. I know guys are going to get healthy eventually. I just try to enjoy the moment and make a good impression so when I come back for training camp next year they know what I am capable of, and hopefully I can stick around.
Q: Could you have scripted this time (goals in the first two games) any better? A: When you tell yourself to make a good impression, scoring is something you think about, but you don’t really expect it. Then I was able to score, and I was really happy.