BUFFALO – Marek Hejduk has been exposed to some unusual situations in the course of several interviews where he was invited this week to evaluate the best prospects for the next National League draft.
The son of former Colorado Avalanche star Milan Hejduk has grown some gray hair for team executives who know his sire well. He was also met with a hint of irony at the Detroit Red Wings box, where he was happily mocked about the intense fighting his father contributed to in the early 2000s.
“If I have to be drafted by the Red Wings, it could take him a while to make peace with it,” laughed the 159-ranked player.e ranking on the list of North America’s top prospects compiled by NHL Central Scouting.
Another interview marks the young Hejduk, this for a reason very different in nature. It’s with the Montreal Canadiens.
“It was my most hard encounter,” he bluntly admitted.
Quickly, we learned that the same claim came from the mouths of almost all athletes who passed in front of the microphones after being submitted to the physical tests that traditionally marked the end of united in Buffalo.
“I was invited by 27 teams and I think my interview in Montréal was the most difficult for me,” said Czech forward Filip Mesar.
“In my opinion, it’s the hardest, yes,” Drummondville Voltigeurs defender Maveric Lamoureux repeated.
The Canadian delegation in particular made a speech as its guests faced this question that found on everyone’s lips on Saturday: what animal would you compare yourself to on the ice and beyond?
The fawn family is strongly represented by the responses. The lion, jaguar and leopard are probably the most popular. Slovak Juraj Slafkovsky describes himself as a wolf “because everyone responds to the lion”, he justifies, tongue-in-cheek.
Lamoureux allowed himself to ridicule himself by describing himself, without his skates, as a panda. “Because I’m a big sweet, kind to everyone,” the 6-foot-7 giant reasoned. “But on the ice, I am a lion because I am aggressive and I want to be respected. »
American striker Rutger McGroarty was the most original, but admitted there was little deception. The question reached his ear before he entered the room occupied by CH and so he had the opportunity to prepare his reaction.
“I said I was a gorilla father because I led by example and I was a family man. On the ice, I described myself as an African hound because I was constantly attacked!»
The team’s game psychology advisor, David Scott, was also pleased with the pain of his young interlocutors.
Habs has a little rep here as the hardest interview. Just now Calle Odelius said they asked him if he would take $ 10 from the bathroom chair or $ 50 from the toilet. He put in $ 50.
– Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) June 4, 2022
“They asked me to compare some of my teammates,” Hejduk shared. They want to know who is the worst skater, who is the most overrated … I definitely can’t participate in this little game! »
Noah Warren, of Gatineau Olympiques, seems less recognizable in his face to face with the Montrealers. But “they probably have a psychologist who is a little challenging,” he added. The giant defender of the format said it put him in front of a heartbreaking ethical problem in an environment where he wanted to keep the secret.
“I have something to say about my physical game, they will respond by asking me why I don’t have consistency, offering Lamoureux as an example. They want to see how I defend myself, if I let it go. They want to. they want to test my character. »
The only one who seems to have survived CH’s destabilizing tactics is Jack Hughes, the son of general manager Kent Hughes. The 18-year-old said she was nervous at the idea of doing this exercise in front of her father, but realized after the fact that she wasn’t very aroused.
“They’re tougher than other guys. We’re talking about hockey, how I approach certain situations, but what kind of person I am, maybe they already have the answers they’re looking for,” he concluded with a smile. .