MINNESOTA -- Every player has a coach that had a huge impact on his development and for Sheldon Souray, it's Jacques Lemaire.
It was Lemaire that spent time with Souray in New Jersey, getting him to hone his shot, getting him to flip pucks into a milk crate after practice to soften his hands.
"Little things like that," said Souray. "He took the time to talk to me.
"At some points I felt like nobody even knew I existed. That's when he took the time to throw me a bone. He had this way, it just worked for me. It's something I can't really explain."
Lemaire knew even then that a young Souray would develop into something special.
"His game got really good maybe three or four years ago," said Lemaire. "He turned out to be better with the puck, had a presence defensively. I never thought he would be that good of a scorer, but he has so much confidence in his shot, that's why he's getting goals."