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In Prust We Trust!

In July 2012, Brandon Prust joined the Montreal Canadiens and agreed to a 4-year deal worth $10 million. Drafted in the 3rd round by the Calgary Flames in 2004, Prust has since established himself as a legitimate enforcer and excellent penalty killer. A few numbers shy of 100 NHL fights, Prust loves to get into people’s faces and will never back down from any challenges.

Born in 1984, the London (Ontario) native played his junior career with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League. Coached by former Québec Nordiques player, Dale Hunter, Prust went on to win the Memorial Cup in 2005. After playing his first few seasons with the Calgary Flames, Prust was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers – before joining the Habs last summer.

Brandon Prust started the 2012-13 season on the 4th line, playing alongside Ryan White and Colby Armstrong. He has since been moved to the 3rd line, with Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk, forming an electrifying trio.

There is one thing that has changed this season. The Habs are putting words into actions; “No Excuses” like the slogan says. One player that is exceeding expectations in this area is Brandon Prust. He is the type of player that everyone appreciates, ready to give it all for his teammates. We saw an example of this against the Buffalo Sabres last week. Prust didn’t hesitate to defend Gallagher against Steve Ott – and Ott got his money’s worth. The young guys, Gallagher and Galchenyuk, feel confident with him and it shows on the ice. I believe it also positively influences the other veteran players on the team.

Finally, Travis Moen won’t be alone anymore. Prust seems to ignite the team. He is a good team player who will be appreciated by Habs fans if he keeps up with this energy. With Ryan White, Travis Moen, Colby Armstrong, Rene Bourque, Alexei Emelin and Francis Boullion – body checks won’t ever be the same in Montreal.