Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien maintains the club's emerging depth at forward played a part in Max Domi's trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this month.
"You talk about (Nick) Suzuki, (Jesperi) Kotkaniemi, two young centers that the organization really wants them to succeed," Julien told reporters Thursday. "When we started training camp, obviously Max wasn't there for the first week, so we put our group together, we started, and all of a sudden we see both those guys, especially Kotkaniemi, really doing well."
Domi, who has Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, took an extra week to decide whether or not it would be safe for him to join the club at training camp in July. Once play restarted in August, he saw a dramatic decrease in ice time and played primarily on the fourth line.