Montreal Canadiens rookie Arber Xhekaj has engaged in yet another tussle, this time against Nashville Predators forward Tanner Jeannot.
The two players were looking for each other throughout the game, as Xhekaj began the game throwing his body around and punishing Predators players.
Ultimately, by the late point of the second period, Jeannot had had enough and quickly dropped the gloves with Xhekaj.
The two had a spirited tilt against each other, but, once again, the Canadiens’ Sherrif looked to have the upper hand on his opponent.
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He’s taken on all comers so far this season, with Pat Maroon, Nick Deslauriers, Zack Kassian and more. At no point has Xhekaj ever chosen to pick on a smaller player or needlessly chase after a fight.
The enforcers of the NHL seem to all gravitate toward him, and Xhekaj isn’t one to back down from a challenge since joining the Montreal Canadiens.
The young defenceman has had himself quite the season so far, as he currently leads the NHL rookie defenceman with five goals.
He’s also the most penalized rookie in the NHL at the moment, and has taken part in six fights as of Tuesday night.
He’s quickly burgeoning into one of the league’s most physical and punishing defenceman and is one of the biggest surprises of the season in the NHL.
See the rest of Arber Xhekaj’s fights this season: