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Thursday Habs Headlines: Jonathan Drouin is having fun finding his groove

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In today’s links, Drouin has turned a corner this season and is having fun while he’s at it, former assistant GM who drafted Toffoli is not surprised by his current success, the fight to the top of the North Division, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • After a disappointing first three seasons, it seems Jonathan Drouin has turned a corner this season. [Montreal Gazette]
  • And he’s never been happier. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Former assistant GM who drafted Tyler Toffoli back in 2010 is not at all surprised by his hot start. [Montreal Gazette]
  • How long-time rivals, Habs and Leafs, have risen to the top of the North Division. [Sportsnet]
  • Their home-and-home faceoffs this week will decide who comes out on top of the division. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Thanks to Joël Bouchard, Joel Teasdale learned the importance of coming to camp in shape.

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • After two chaotic weeks, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking forward to moving on with Ron Hextall and Brian Burke. [NHL]
  • Counting down the five Best Colorado Avalanche players of all time. [Colorado Hockey Now]
  • An open letter to the commissioner of the OHL, Premier Doug Ford, and Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on behalf of OHL parents and players. [Toronto Star]
  • After 16 seasons and 1035 games, Mikko Koivu retires from the NHL. [NHL]
  • It should come as no surprise that John Tortorella doesn’t play favourites