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WATCH: Canadiens Arber Xhekaj Drops The Gloves Yet Again

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Montreal Canadiens defenceman Arber Xhekaj dropped the gloves yet again, this time against Mathieu Olivier of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 21-year-old defenceman has not been shy about taking on all comers and he two players were seemingly looking for eachother all game.

After the Montreal Canadiens tied up the game, coming back from a 2-0 deficit, Olivier and Xhekaj dropped the gloves and put on a respectable show; albeit not one of Xhekaj’s most prolific tilts.

Xhekaj has made a habit out of using his fists this season to defend his teammates and give his team some much-needed momentum.

In games where he continues to learn the pace and speed in the NHL, he continues to gain the approval of his temmates and the fans with his physical play and the obvious rough stuff.

 

Building a reputation

Xhekaj is starting to make quite a name for himself in the NHL. He’s already gained the everlasting attention of the entire Ottawa Senators organization when he knocked out prospect Zach Massicotte during the Prospect Challenge Tournament in Buffalo.

The former Costco employee also squared up with Zack Kassian, and the result was nothing short of a dominant display by the Canadiens defenceman.

That was Xhekaj’s first official regular season fight in the NHL and Kassian‘s 40th, but the fight didn’t last long, with Xhekaj landing a couple of clean right hooks right off the bat. Kassian quickly reacted to the unreasonable amount of pain sent his way, but couldn’t escape the Xhekaj barrage, which then shifted to body shots.

At 6’4″, 240lbs, Xhekaj isn’t the biggest player in the National Hockey League, but he may very well be on his way to becoming the toughest, especially if he continues to ragdoll NHL veterans as he did with Kassian.

 

 

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Billy739

Xhekaj is a stud.
At worst he’s a Edmundston type with more bite and less teeth.
At best he gets his Slapshot Aim down and becomes a Petry type.
I mean he’s already a few years ahead of where Petry was at this point.

Have Coach Nicholas work with him more like he did Suzuki and the Centers as all their numbers in the faceoff circle jumped by 2-3% after just a few months. He’s good at what he does i just think he needs help covering the whole team not just focusing on our Centers and Wingers.

I personally think Alexi Kovalev who originally wanted to start within the MTL system as a coach like Burrows did but was told no by Bergavin. Well that wingnut is gone so lets bring back the last Forward to lead us to MTL’s last League Best Power Play. Have him work with Nicholas with the youth and cement himself in the organization. Its important to note that AK-47 is the last remaining Coach from the original Kunlan Redstar Expansion team in Asia. He’s survived interim promotions and returning back to his Special Teams Coach similar to what Larry Robinson did back in the day for NJD .

Coach Nicholas and Coach Kovalev would have our youth overachieving

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