Judging by the cheers, shouts and cheers addressed to Cayden Primeau during playoff games in Laval, fans already see him as the next big Habs star on goal. However, they may have to wait before seeing him join the big club.
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If Montreal has its number 31, Laval has its own. Primeau has proven to be the cornerstone of Rocket’s playoff success and the 22-year-old goalkeeper is emerging from what could be the most defining season of his young career.
“I like great moments and playing under pressure. I like being in this environment, that’s what motivates me, “explained Primeau during the team’s season review on Thursday.
Cerberus experienced the frenzy of the series in a very particular way. Not only because he was acclaimed and fans chanted his name many times during playoff games at Place Bell, but also because he didn’t expect to be so successful. This campaign has not been a calm river for long and he is grateful that he was able to make the necessary corrections.
When things went wrong, I spoke to the team’s sports psychologist. I am a better goalkeeper, mentally I am stronger than I was at the start of the season and I am grateful that I was able to go through this process.
While he didn’t make it to the Calder Cup final with his team, Primeau talks about the playoff run he just made with sparkling eyes and a smile hanging from ear to ear. He led his team into Game 7 of the conference final with an average of 2.17 goals and a save rate of 0.936.
“It’s been a really fun season and it’s been great to be part of this group over the past month and a half. I’ve never had so much fun playing hockey, “she said.
One more season
Despite his resounding success with the Rockets and a brief stint with the Canadiens during the season, the goalkeeper refuses to have excessive expectations for next season.
“It will definitely be the biggest summer of my career. I will give everything I can this summer to show up at the camp and hope for the best. ”
Auxiliary goalkeeper Kevin Poulin also wanted to warn the fans. The veteran explained that even though his young teammate has some talent and great potential, he would need an extra season in the American League before officially making the leap to the NHL.
“I think he should continue in the American League. It’s tough because from the start of his career there has been COVID-19, bubbles and the backup team. I think he needs a solid year in the American League, where he will play a lot of games, so that the focus is right on the Rocket. After that he should be fine, ”said the 32-year-old goalkeeper, who has played around fifty games in the top flight himself.
After all, only five goalkeepers aged 23 or younger have held full-time positions in the NHL this season. Primeau will turn 23 on 11 August.
That’s why coach Jean-François Houle explained that “not only for him, but for the young players of the American League, you have to be patient, you have to take your time to make sure you develop the players well., And this [peut être long] sometimes. It is not good to skip the steps “.
Everyone agrees, however, that Primeau has many qualities, that he was the catalyst for the Rockets’ success in the playoffs, that he has a bright future ahead of him, and that he will fascinate hockey fans south of Jesus Island.