This is all new to Jakub Jerabek.

He came to the Montreal Canadiens this past summer with no expectations. He was sent to the AHL’s Laval Rocket to get a better grasp of the North American game through the first six weeks of the season. And he’s since bounced between playing on any one of Montreal’s three defence pairings and sitting on the sidelines — where he’ll be for a third straight game when the Canadiens take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

“I’ve never really sat out before,” Jerabek told Sportsnet. “I’ve always been one of the leaders on my team.”

It’s why the Canadiens signed the 26-year-old out of the KHL in the first place, giving him a one-year, two-way, $925,000 deal.