Habs first-rounder Juulsen to make preseason debut

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Noah Juulsen’s first training camp with the Montreal Canadiens has largely past him by as he worked his way back from a concussion. The silver lining is that he’s gotten healthy in time to make his preseason debut tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

“They’re treating me well,” Juulsen said, per NHL.com. “It’s a great feeling just getting back here.

“It’s not an ideal scenario, but I’ve got to go out and play my game.”

The Canadiens took Juulsen with the 26th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The defenseman established himself as an offensive force with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips last season by scoring nine goals and 52 points in 68 contests.

At the same time, this isn’t the first concussion the 18-year-old has suffered, although he didn’t want to disclose how many he’s had. He also didn’t specify the cause of his latest injury, except to say that it occurred “off ice.”

He missed the Canadiens’ rookie camp as well and only resumed skating with the team on Saturday. On the plus side, he hasn’t experienced symptoms in a couple weeks.

Juulsen is expected to be paired up with Alexei Emelin on Thursday. He’s likely to spend the season in the WHL.

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