It was a rough start to the season for Montreal Canadiens prospect Ryan Poehling.
The 20 year old suffered a concussion during the preseason and started the season in the AHL.
With Jesperi Kotkaniemi on injured reserve it opened up the door for a Poehling call up even though he was only the team's fourth best point getter.
When it comes to Poehling's struggles in the NHL, both Poehling and Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien had the same explanation.
"Systems are more structured in the NHL than in the AHL, and since I am a player who likes to play very specifically, I think I will be more effective in the NHL."
Julien told reporters the same thing as he mentioned some players just play better at the highest level compared to the AHL where there's a bit more clutching and grabbing.
Poehling : "Les systèmes de jeux sont plus précis dans la LNH que dans la LAH. Et comme je suis un joueur qui aime jouer de façon ordonnée, je crois que je serai plus efficace dans la LNH." Les échos de l'entraînement du CH: https://t.co/G2IXf9DCuS
— Michel Laprise (@MLapriseRDS) November 4, 2019