Noah Juulsen puts on a Montreal Canadiens sweater after being chosen 26th overall by the Canadiens

Juulsen hopes concussions are behind him

Canadiens prospect Noah Juulsen hopes concussions are behind him

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

BROSSARD, Que. – A concussion kept defenceman Noah Juulsen out of most of his first NHL training camp but at least he healed in time to get in a pre-season game with the Montreal Canadiens.

“They’re treating me well,” said Juulsen, who pencilled into the lineup for a game Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre, likely paired with veteran Alexei Emelin. “It’s a great feeling just getting back here.

“It’s not an ideal scenario, but I’ve got to go out and play my game.”

Nearly all the prospects were dispatched to their junior teams or sent to St. John’s of the AHL on the weekend, but Juulsen was kept on to get at least some camp experience.

The Canadiens’ first round draft choice, picked 26th overall in June from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, was unable to take part in the team’s rookie camp, a week before main camp. He only started full skating with the team on Saturday.

“It’s pretty tough,” the Abbotsford, B.C., native said. “You watch the guys every day and you want to be out there.

“There’s a protocol you’ve got to go through and once you’re through that you do non-contact practices and then work your way into contact.”

Juulsen’s concussion history is murky, but the Canadiens don’t seem overly concerned. After rookie camp, he signed a three-year entry level contract.

He said it was not his first concussion, but didn’t want to get into how many he’s had. And he gave no details of what caused his latest one, other than that it occurred “off ice.”

“I’m good to go now and from here on forward everything’s going to be good,” he said, adding that he has been free of concussion symptoms for a couple of weeks.

He was returned to Everett after the game, but he looked impressive in 13:35 of ice time with two shots on goal.

Juulsen said he has learned plenty skating with the likes of P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov that he can use back in junior hockey. He got to see NHL players’ work habits and game preparation, and got a taste of the extra quickness he’ll need in pro hockey.

At six-foot-one, 170 pounds, he’ll also need to add some muscle, but some will that will come with age.

“I’m not the biggest guy yet but I think in a couple of years I will be,” he said.

Juulsen had 52 points, including nine goals, in 68 games last season with Everett, where he was a teammate of forward Nikita Scherbak, Montreal’s top pick in the 2014 draft. The Canadiens selected 26th overall two years in a row and both times took Silvertips.

Scherbak is to play in St. John’s this season.

A right-shot defenceman who can move the puck, Juulsen also hopes to make Canada’s team for the world junior championship in Finland in December. He attended the team’s camp in the summer.

“I played in two of the four games,” he said. “I felt really good in it. Hopefully everything goes well.”

Just Posted

Petition says pot-grow stench led to ‘Summer of Stink’

Province urged to ‘Stop the Smell’ in the Fraser Valley

TWITTER: Abbotsford’s school year begins

School district’s busy Twitter feed shows off early highlights

Stray cats hit by cars require $11,000 in medical care, says Abbotsford SPCA

Six injured cats have been brought to branch in last two weeks

Transfers out, tapping in as BC Transit eyes Abbotsford and Mission fare review

Agency looks to make it easier for riders to pay to ride next year

Community of Mt. Lehman holds annual fall fair

Event runs Saturday, Sept. 21 at Abbotsford hall and school

VIDEO: Trudeau asks Canada to look to current, not past, actions on race

Liberal leader says he never spoke about the racist photo because he was embarrassed

Horvat paces Canucks to 6-1 pre-season win over Oilers

Vancouver improves to 3-1 in NHL exhibition action

Legislature gifts, clothing, travel need better control, B.C. auditor says

Audit follows suspensions of managers by Speaker Darryl Plecas

‘Unacceptable’: What politicians have to say about Trudeau in blackface

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: ‘When I saw that picture last night, certainly it was a sucker-punch’

‘He’s trying to kill me’: Victoria police commandeer boats to reach screaming woman

No charges laid and civilians to be awarded honours after incident on Gorge Waterway

VIDEO: B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker loses temper in interrogation

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

Police warn of escalating violence, weapons in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park

Officers issue statement about high crime in the area that includes a homeless camp

Teens charged in stabbing death of B.C. man in strip mall parking lot

Two youths, aged 15 and 16, charged in Aug. 16 killing of South Surrey’s Paul Prestbakmo

Most Read