Martin St. Louis Sends a Clear Message to Juraj Slafkovsky After Taking Two Penalties Last Game

Aaron Itovitch
February 29, 2024  (7:17)

Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis and forward Juraj Slafkovsky
Photo credit: Markerzone

In recent weeks, the first overall pick in 2022, Juraj Slafkovsky, has shown truly impressive progress, establishing himself as the ideal complement to play alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield on Martin St-Louis's first line.

Moreover, this new unit has been very successful recently, ranking among the best lines in the NHL during the month of February. The Slovak forward notably had a streak of eight consecutive games with at least one point, during which he recorded six goals and six assists.
However, in the last four games, Juraj Slafkovsky has been unable to contribute offensively, making his way onto the scoresheet, and for the wrong reasons. Indeed, the forward has accumulated 10 minutes of penalties in four games, often penalized for completely unnecessary infractions.
Clearly tired of this trend that is harmful to the team, the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, Martin St-Louis, sent a strong message to his forward Tuesday night. Indeed, shortly after his second penalty of the game, MSL did not hesitate to bench number 20 for a shift, offering an opportunity to Joshua Roy to play on the first line.
«Joshua Roy takes a shift on the Canadiens' first line alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield.» - Via Priyanta Emrith

Obviously, this is not a major issue, but the fact remains that the forward will need to find a way to remain disciplined if he wishes to be able to have a positive impact on the team's performance.
Juraj Slafkovsky was questioned about his penalties after the game. The forward gave a frank response to journalists, indicating that he found it difficult to be in the penalty box because he did not want to disadvantage his teammates. He also mentioned that he wanted to find a solution so that a similar situation does not happen in the future.
Clearly, he is aware that the actions he took during the game against the Coyotes had negative repercussions, and he wants to improve this aspect of his game.
Hats off to Slaf! Despite his 19 years, he is showing great maturity, and it's very nice to see!
See his response right here:
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