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Jiri Hudler The Mentor

from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

“He’s had a huge impact on how we’ve come into this league,” says Joe Colborne. “He’s been thrown in with a tonne of young guys, all with different styles. But he’s so smart, he thinks the game so well, that he makes the other guys successful by putting them in situations that are good.

“He makes a lot of guys look really good.”

Last winter, for long stretches, Hudler operated with rookies Sean Monahan and Colborne.

Already this season, his playmates are every bit as raw as the predecessors — Michael Ferland, Johnny Gaudreau, Markus Granlund.

No complaints from the 30-year-old.

“Oh, he loves it,” says coach Bob Hartley, laughing, before recounting the scene in his office before last week’s match against the visiting Nashville Predators — the setting of Granlund’s first appearance of the season and Ferland’s first game in the NHL.


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