Frankly speaking: CH desperately needs left-handers, maneuvering and offensive guards.
On Monday, at the end of the day, the general manager of Habs Airlines was surprised to receive the service on the back of the Eric Gustafson flyer in exchange for the seventh round of 2022, which is not only surprising. It should be noted that Philadelphia will pay half of the skater’s annual salary, which is $3 million this season.
Below, reporter Anthony Martineau accurately analyzed CH’s new acquisition in an interview with the podcast “La Dose”.
Gustafsson is a 29-year-old left-hander who is known for his mobility and offensive talent. He had his best NHL season with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2018-19 season. Then, he scored 60 points in 79 games, which is impressive.
However, the Swedes could never do it again. Last year they scored 29 points in 66 games (Blackhawks, Flames) and then 10 points in 24 games (Flyers) this year. With this in mind, some people have supported him in the Montreal brigade.
Except for Gustafson, he is still very young, and…is likely to restart his career in Montreal, once again becoming the famous defender with specific offensive consistency. At least, that’s the opinion of Anthony SanFilippo, a reporter on the Crossing Broad blog (a popular platform for sports fans in Philadelphia) for multiple seasons of flyer events.
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For SanFilippo, Erik Gustafsson’s jagged performance this season can be mainly explained by the difficult environment in which he landed in Pennsylvania.
The reporter said: “He is not very suitable in Philadelphia.”
“When Gustafson arrived, Shane Gostis was there and his job was similar to him. They were two very similar guards. Gostisbehere had a better start this season and in this respect. , Coupled with the fact that he is also more familiar with Flyers’ style of play, the fact that Gustafsson can only play a supporting role. It happened very quickly. Honestly, Erik Gustafsson never seemed to be on the flyer. Not at ease.”
However, SanFilippo’s point of view is very clear. Erik Gustafsson did his best to help Canadians.
“He is happy to move the puck. I know CH needs such a defender. He will also play a big role in power games. His blue line is excellent and if there is too much space, it will cause serious damage. He can also make sure Bring the ice hockey out of your territory with a high-quality first level.”