Montreal Canadiens winger Michael Pezzetta has carved out a niche on the Habs roster for the past two seasons.
He was a sixth round pick of the Canadiens in 2016 and would go on to score 52 points in 62 games in his final OHL season. Still, he was never expected to be much of an offensive contributor at the pro level.
Having said that, Pezzetta does bring a lot to a team. He plays with a passion and dedication that is hard to find and he battles on every shift. He never backs down from a fight, and he proved that to be especially true when he fought Ryan Reaves early in his NHL career.
It did not go well for Pezzetta as Reaves landed a series of heavy blows while Pezzetta struggled to stay on his feet. Reaves is known as one of the true heavyweights in the league, and just signed a three year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While a league heavyweight joining their rival may worry some players, Pezzetta seemed happy to have to face Reaves more often this season. In fact, when speaking with Jonathan Bernier of le journal de Montreal, Pezzetta mentioned he was excited to line up next to Reaves this season.
The Canadiens scrapper also mentioned there is always a chance the two fight yet again, and he believes a rematch would go a lot better for him.
Thems fightin words, in any language, and Reaves is likely going to take note of them. With the Canadiens set to face the Maple Leafs on opening night, we could see Reaves looking to assert his dominance in the Atlantic Division right away.
He now knows he has a willing combatant in Pezzetta, and the Canadiens winger may live to regret claiming he thought a rematch was a good idea.
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