Canadiens newcomer Dvorak impresses Ducharme with his hockey smarts

MONTREAL, QC – The new top-six line for Montreal Canadiens this season should be Christian Dvorak, who was brought in after Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed a US$6.1-million offer sheet with Carolina, between a healthy Jonathan Drouin and speedster Josh Anderson. Dvorak scored a goal and added three assists in Monday’s pre-season win over the Maple Leafs, surprising a lot of people, including Ducharme.

“I knew he was a complete, solid hockey player (but) I see little things (that make me realize) he’s even smarter than I thought,” said Ducharme.

Canadiens acquire forward Christian Dvorak

MONTREAL, QUE – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the team has acquired centreman Christian Dvorak from the Arizona Coyotes in return for two draft picks.

Arizona trades Dvorak to Montreal in exchange for: i) the better of Montreal’s own 1st round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and Carolina’s 1st round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft (previously acquired by Montreal); and ii) Montreal’s own 2nd round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Coyotes Enjoying Benefit of Schmaltz and Dvorak’s Childhood Connection

GLENDALE, AZ – There was no way the kids could’ve known. They were barely teenagers back then, far too preoccupied by typical teenage stuff—school, sports, friends, and so forth—to predict where life might dump them a decade down the road. As members of the Chicago Mission program, Nick Schmaltz and Christian Dvorak spent the better part of four seasons terrorizing opposing teams before heading their separate ways. A nice run, they figured, and that was that.

Christian Dvorak agrees to 6 year extension with Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ –  The Arizona Coyotes announced on a Friday that the team has signed centre Christian Dvorak to a six-year extension.

The deal carries an annual average value of $4.45 million and the extension kicks in beginning with the 2019-20 season.

A native of Palos, Ill., the 22-year-old Dvorak appeared in 78 games a season ago, scoring 15 goals and adding 22 assists.

“We are very pleased to sign Christian to a long-term contract,” Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. “Christian is a highly skilled, reliable, two-way center who continues to improve each season.  He will be a key player for us in the future and we are thrilled to have him with us for the next seven seasons.”

‘Yotes Notes: Dvorak Scores First NHL Goal

GLENDALE – Christian Dvorak became the third Coyotes rookie to notch his first NHL goal this season in Arizona’s 3-2 shootout win over Nashville on Thursday night at Gila River Arena.
Dvorak scored a nifty, backhanded goal past Pekka Rinne at 9:17 of the first period to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. The 20-year-old forward took a pass from Ryan White at the top of the slot, skated to his right and around Preds defenseman Matt Irwin, and then lifted a shot that hit Rinne’s glove and trickled into the net.
Dvorak also chipped in an assist on a goal scored by Anthony Duclair at 5:48 of the third period that pulled Arizona into a 2-2 tie. It’s the first multi-point game of Dvorak’s eight-game NHL career.
“It’s a little bit of a relief,” Dvorak said. “It’s special to get the first NHL goal and it’s nice to help the team win.”

Christian Dvorak convinced he’s ready for NHL

“I think so,” said Dvorak, a center who attended the NHLPA Rookie Showcase on Aug. 29. “Obviously it’s up to the team. But I’m going to try my best, give my best effort in training camp, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

Dvorak, 20, had 93 goals and 230 points in 125 games with London of the Ontario Hockey League over the past two seasons. A left wing, Dvorak was selected by the Coyotes in the second round (No. 58) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He had a little taste of professional hockey in 2015, playing in two regular-season games and five playoff games with Portland of the American Hockey League. Dvorak had a goal and an assist in the two regular-season games and one assist in the five playoff games with Portland.

Christian Dvorak has been steadiest of Coyotes’ promising group of rookies

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The most consistent rookie on the Coyotes roster this season may also be the least talked about rookie on the Coyotes roster.

Brendan Perlini has taken the team by storm with eight goals in 25 games, Lawson Crouse is a big, fast, and physical force and Jakob Chychrun looks like a can’t-miss, top-four defenseman.