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Translated By: Alessandro Seren Rosso
Date: 09/21/2011
Alexander Avtsin: I hope to play some pre-season games

2012 National Hockey League (NHL)

In the intrasquad scrimmage, Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens) played on a line with Mike Cammalleri and had one goal and one assist. Everyone note that the 20-years-old player managed to learn good English in just one year. And now he knows what the team needs from him. He also fairly judged himself, saying that its too early to talk about the NHL, and most likely he will spend another season in the AHL.

"I've spent half of the summer in Moscow, then I left to Montreal to get ready for the new season, I had a strengthening program", Avtsin told in Russian. I worked with a group of players gathered by my agents. There were many Czech and Slovak players, like Havlat, Michalek"

- You did look good in Cammalleri's line.

- We played with 10 forwards, three lines and one spare. We changed a lot and thus I didn't play with Mike only. I played in any position and with any other player.

- What did Jacques Lemaire wish you before the preseason?

- If were talking about me, personally, then nothing. There was a team summit. They said us: "We expect to be surprised by you. Keep on developing. Be braver".

- You spent the whole last season in the AHL. What are you expecting from the Canadiens' training camp?

- Im expecting to get to play some pre-season games. Hopefully they will let me play and see how I do there. This year is easier for me, I know the guys, I can speak with them in English, and not only saying hi or bye bye."

- Why did you decide to play in the AHL and not in the KHL?

- Every player has his own path. Every player decides for himself, and decides for what can be better and more needed.

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