Coming into his third season with the Canadiens, Mathieu Dandenault had to adapt his game to maintain his spot on the roster and he has done so, making the move from defence to forward as smooth as possible. Of course, playing up front is not something new for Dandenault, since he started his National Hockey League career as a forward in Detroit before coach Scotty Bowman converted him to a defenceman.
The three-time Stanley Cup winner, who was selected 49th overall by the Red Wings at the 1994 entry draft, signed a four-year contract with the Canadiens before the 2005-06 season, turning down offers from Detroit and Boston to join with his hometown club.
Heading into Saturday night’s game, Dandenault had seven goals and five assists, putting him well ahead of his point total from last season, when he had two goals and six assists. In this week’s One-on-One, Dandenault discusses his decision to sign with Montreal and what it was like to be a cast member in the movie The Rocket.