With the Canadiens’ season winding down and the coach setting the table for next season, he is asking established players like Josh Anderson and Brendan Gallagher to refine their games.
Both players have defined styles that have allowed them to enjoy success. Anderson’s bread-and-butter is his speed, while Gallagher has had two 30-goal seasons by plugging away in front of the net.
“There are always ways to improve if you’re 27 or you’re 30,” St. Louis said Monday after the Canadiens dropped a 4-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Centre. “I think it’s important if you’re going to play in this league for a long time to keep evolving as a player.
“You still need to play to your strengths but there’s parts where players have holes in their game,” St. Louis said. “As a coach, as an organization, you have to help players work on those holes and the more they evolve, the more productive they’ll be and they’ll probably have a better career because of it.”