Ted Nolan has taken a liking to Zemgus Girgensons, and with the way the 19-year-old plays on a nightly basis, it’s easy to see why. He’s been credited with being a remarkably hard worker since his draft year in 2012, and that hasn’t changed since he made his NHL debut.
Maybe Marc Methot didn’t get the memo about Girgensons and how he thrives during battles in the corner. If the Ottawa Senators defenseman didn’t know before last night, he does now.
With Methot and Girgensons arriving to the puck at roughly the same time, the Ottawa player decides to try to play the biscuit forward. Buffalo’s top-end prospect had no interest in passing on a chance to take the body though, and levels Methot.
This is nothing new for the youngster, and it’s why Nolan likes him so much. The head coach spoke to Chris Ryndak of the official Sabres site and he had this to say about Girgensons:
One thing you can’t teach him is the ability to work. He competes on a daily basis and it’s great to see him getting rewarded for his work lately.
He may only have 10 points in 30 games so far, but that isn’t an indication of how well he’s been playing. The Sabres have struggled to score in general this season, and the points will start to come for Girgensons as the team improves.