Former Canadiens captain and general manager Serge Savard spoke Tuesday about how Jonathan Drouin could become the Jean Béliveau figure for today’s young generation of hockey fans in Montreal.

There will never be another Béliveau — the classiest player to ever wear the CH — but in a city starving for a French-Canadian hockey superstar, Drouin could become the next-closest thing.

Could.

That’s a lot of pressure to put on a 22-year-old who has yet to play a single game with the Canadiens and will make his pre-season debut Wednesday night when the Washington Capitals visit the Bell Centre (7 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690).

On Tuesday afternoon, Drouin held a news conference at Montreal’s CHUM hospital to announce he will be donating $500,000 of his own money — $50,000 a year for the next 10 years — along with becoming an ambassador for the Fondation du CHUM, with a goal of helping raise another $5 million over 10 years.