On August 27, Nicolas Poulin received a knee injury from David Henley in a preliminary game. Five months after these events in Mont-Laurier against the Val-d’Or Foreurs, he will return to the game after going through difficult times.
“It’s the biggest injury of my life,” admits the Phoenix forward. It makes me realize that my daily life is not the same without hockey. I missed a lot. I am motivated to prove to everyone in the next 23 games that I have worked hard and have my place in the lineup even though I have not played this season yet. ”
When he learned that it was a tear of the meniscus and had to pass under the knife, the new assistant-captain took a hard blow to morale.
“The first month was the most difficult with the operation and I wanted to help the team win when it went through an empty pass. ”
Things to prove
Number 26 will face the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday, but will miss the game against the Charlottetown Islanders as the Phoenix kicks off a three-game streak in three days.
“He had his first good training this week since his return to the ice and despite everything, it was a bit difficult,” says coach Stephane Julien. It’s normal. It will be played on the third trio and it will leave Saturday against the Islanders. He will be back on Sunday. ”
“It’s been almost five months I’ve been waiting for that day. It passes quickly, but there are moments that seemed longer. Tomorrow I will see if all my efforts have borne fruit, “Poulin said.
“The intensity of the match is not the same as the intensity of a practice, adds the coach. Nicolas must regain the rhythm gradually. ”
This is why the attacker does not believe he is becoming one of the most used players of the weekend.
“I still want to prove that I have my place on the front lines. It would be unrealistic to believe that I would often be used at first. I’m happy, because I did not want to come back to the game and have everything cooked in the beak already. ”
Nevertheless, Nicolas Poulin believes he has regained the same power as five months ago. In short, the next games will be like his training camp.
“When I first skated on the ice a few weeks ago, I was not at all the same as today. The improvement is blatant. I think I have regained the condition in which I visited the camp last summer. I feel as strong, comfortable and I just look forward to playing. ”
In 62 games last season, Poulin collected 25 goals and 14 assists at the age of 18.