The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes that Canadiens defenceman Francis Bouillon appreas to be back to playing the way he did in 2005-06 when he recorded a career-high 22 points in 67 games and was a team leader in hits and blocked shots. But knee surgery during that offseason caused him to miss the start of the 2006-07 campaign and when he returned, Bouillon struggled.
“It was tough last season,” Bouillon admitted. “I missed training camp and the first month of the season and I wasn’t in game shape. When I did start playing, the knee was okay but my head wasn’t there. I had no confidence.”
But this season is a complete reversal for Bouillon. He came to camp healthy and although he has no points through 10 games, he is among the team’s best in hits and blocked shots.
“We have a solid defence corps and I can’t ask for a better role.” Bouillon said.
“I’m getting my ice time,” he noted. “I play with Mark Streit and I didn’t know much about him because I never played with him before. But he’s solid and he’s a great partner. I know if I jump in the play, he’s going to back me up.”