By Joe Haggerty
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BOSTON -- Every year a young player or two impresses Bruins officials enough to make it all the way through training camp, and this year Max Sauve has been that player. The France native has been near the top of Bostons watch list since they made him a second round draft pick in 2008, and his stock continued to rise last season after putting up 21 goals in his first full AHL season.
Sauve projects to be a third line winger capable of killing penalties and popping in the occasional goal. A player like that holds plenty of uses for an NHL team. While Jordan Caron is still ahead of him on the organizational depth chart heading into the final week of training camp, Claude Julien likes what hes seen from Sauve.
We all know he's got skill, we all know he's got speed and he's a guy that's pretty dangerous around the net," Julien said. "He showed that in Providence last year. I think he has a lot of attributes that will allow him to play in the NHL. But in order to be an NHL regular, you have to do a little bit more than just skate and shoot. The one thing is competing for that loose puck, which you hear me say a lot about players. I'm not a big fan of players who go in the corner and come out with the puck once out of every ten tries.
You don't have to be physical and you don't have to bowl people over, but you just have to want the puck badly enough that you want to come out with it. A skilled guy can go in there and be smart enough to come out with the puck if he really wants to. That's the part that I keep putting a lot of importance to when I talk to players about that.
Given the eventual role that Sauve projects to have at the NHL level, Julien knows that his compete level needs to much more heightened in different areas of the rink. Sauve exhibits the exact same timidity that Tyler Seguin fought through as a rookie in the NHL last season.
But its something that seems long gone for Seguin this season, and it needs to be cleared from Sauves game if hes going to make it.
We saw the same thing with Seguin last year, said Julien. Tyler's a much better player this year when it comes to competing for those loose pucks and you know we need to see that from Max as well.
Sauve has a couple more games to show the Bruins exactly what theyre looking before hell be asked to find it in Providence this season.