‘I wanted to play’: Jakob Pelletier spoke to a Montreal paper about his Calgary Flames season

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Ryan Pike
11 months ago
The Calgary Flames season is over and we’re seeing a fair amount of really honest, insightful interviews conducted by our many media friends. Up-and-coming forward Jakob Pelletier spoke with Jean-Francois Chaumont of Le Journal de Montreal about the Calgary Wranglers’ playoff run and his time in the National Hockey League.
Through the magic (and occasional grammatical inaccuracies) of Google Translate, we’ve grabbed a few excerpts. Check out the whole thing over at Le Journal de Montreal’s website.
Pelletier spoke about how little he was used by Darryl Sutter down the stretch as the Flames pushed for a playoff spot – he played in eight of the team’s final 20 games.
“I found this experience difficult… We were in a race for the playoffs, but I couldn’t help my team. I understood that the coaches wanted more players with experience. As a player, I wanted to play. It was the first time I had been in the stands for such a long time. I found it hard, but it remains one more experience in the bank.”
And, of course, Pelletier spoke about the infamous Sutter “What number is he?” quip to reporters after his NHL debut.
“Darryl in front of the media was a different person… There was another Darryl ahead of us. He doesn’t really like talking about individuals at press conferences with journalists. It could sometimes upset him. When I found myself alone with him, I thought he was a very good man. He’s a family man and he’s funny.” 
“But he remains a asking coach. He is also outspoken. When you do something that doesn’t suit her, you know it pretty quickly.”
Pelletier had seven points in 24 NHL games with the Flames this season. He remains active with the Wranglers in the AHL post-season. They’ll try to advance into the third round of the Calder Cup playoffs in Game 4 against the Abbotsford Canucks on Friday night.

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