Canadiens: Q&A with Matt Shasby

By Dan Linn





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The Montreal Canadiens selected Matt Shasby 150th
overall in the 1999 draft, after a solid year with Des Moines of the USHL. The
next season he set off for the University of Alaska-Anchorage. 
The former captain of the Seawolves talked to Hockey’s Future about
being drafted by the storied franchise, his four years playing in the WCHA, and
his recent time at the Habs development camp.

Q:  What was
the atmosphere like at the recent developmental camp compared with last year’s
camp?

A:  Good. 
More relaxed, and focused on developing the player, while bonding with
teammates. 

Q:  Who was
your roommate?

A:  Oskari
Korpikari. He is an interesting player that showed good skills.

Q:  How did
your two years in the USHL help prepare you for the NCAA?
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A:  As an
18-year-old, you learn maturity, playing against 18-20 year olds in one of the
top development leagues in the United States. 
It gets you ready to play at a higher level.

Q:  You stayed
in the NCAA for all four years, do you feel it benefits players more to stay the
entire time, or leave early if the opportunity presents itself?

A:  In looking
at Higgins, Komisarek and Hainsey, they have the talent to be sure fire NHLers,
so they are just going on to the next level to develop further. 
It’s a case-by-case basis.

Q:  What do you
think you can bring to the Canadiens organization?

A:  Offense and
solid defensively.  Puck moving,
mobility and a team player above all else. 
A team first player, I just love to be on a team.  
Look at New Jersey, with the team approach they use, and it’s worked
well for them.

Q:  After such
a strong junior year, where you disappointed in your senior year?

A:  It was a
rough season.  Frustrating to say
the least.  It started off OK, but
after Christmas break, and the broken foot, things didn’t go as well. 
It was a weird season that went by like a blur.

Q:  Coach Hill
was quoted in the teams media guide this season, as saying he wanted to add some
depth on defense to cut back your time some, as you were playing over 30 minutes
a game on average, so you would be fresher and could work on your defensive
game.  Did you feel you were
overworked by logging so many minutes?

A:  No, I
didn’t need my time cut back, I felt fine. 

Q:  And lastly,
back in 1999 what where your first thoughts on being drafted by the Montreal
Canadiens?

A:  I was
overwhelmed to be drafted by such a great organization. 
I didn’t expect to be drafted by them, being on the other side of the
country.  I was following the draft
on the internet, and saw MTL next to my name, and I didn’t know who that was. 
I had no idea they were interested. 
But everyone in the organization has been great so far.