Juraj Slafkovsky has made quite an impression on veteran defenceman Chris Wideman at Canadiens training camp.
Wideman was asked Thursday for his thoughts on the No. 1 overall pick at this year’s NHL draft.
“It’s been fun getting to get to know him,” Wideman said. “Him and his little buddy (Filip) Mesar, they’re like Batman and Robin. Every time I turn around they’re right next to each other. So if I ever see one, the other one’s not too far away.”
The Canadiens selected Mesar with their second first-round pick at this year’s draft (26th overall). Slafkovsky and Mesar grew up together in Slovakia.
Wideman made a point of watching Slafkovsky during off-ice testing Wednesday after watching a video of the 6-foot-3, 238-pound left-winger basically destroy one of the stationary bikes during testing at development camp in July.
“I was so excited to see Slafkovsky ride the bike,” Wideman said. “I saw the video from the summer, so when those guys were testing I made sure to be in the room to watch. Pretty impressive.”
Rob Ramage, the director of player development for the Canadiens, has also been impressed by Slafkovsky.
“Big body, as advertised,” Ramage said Wednesday. “He was a man amongst boys out there physically (during rookie camp last week). How his game shapes around, it’s an adjustment to North America. But he certainly imposes himself. You notice him.”