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Kent Hughes and the Canadiens may have found their next Scott Stevens


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David St-Jean
July 7, 2024  (5:40 PM)
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Scott Stevens and Owen Protz
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Known for his bone-crushing hits, Scott Stevens was a menace to his opponents, and the Canadiens might have found their own version of him.

Indeed, their 4th round pick, 102nd overall in the last draft, Owen Protz, is a robust left-handed defenseman who played alongside Florian Xhekaj in Brantford, OHL.
When he's on the ice, opposing players know they need to keep their heads up. His greatest wish is for NHL commentators to mention his name when it comes to hard-hitting play, much like Scott Stevens or Niklas Kronwall.
"I wouldn't say I model my game after Stevens but I used to watch a lot of Scott Stevens highlightssome pretty big hits. Kronwall was always a big guy growing up, being Kronwalled. Hopefully if I get into the league I'll get a ‘Here comes Protz.'"

Protz is a solid defenseman, standing at 6'1" and weighing 213 lbs at just 18 years old. He already has great timing when it comes to delivering hits. Imagine him at full maturity!
Scott Stevens injured many players and even ended some careers. We remember his hits to the head on Paul Kariya and Eric Lindros, for example.
When he played, it was allowed, and players just had to keep their heads up. We can say that the NHL has evolved since then, as this kind of action is no longer tolerated.
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