Even though the Montreal Canadiens had one of the worst seasons in their history last season, there will be some things that will be exciting to watch next season.
The most exciting element will be watching the performances of the various aspirants who will play in Montreal and / or Laval during the 2022-2023 campaign.
Many of these prospects will fight for a spot on the big club roster. Among these young aspirants, we count among others Kaiden Guhle, Justin Barron, Jordan Harris, Arber Xhekaj, Jan Mysak, Joshua Roy, Mattias Norlinder, etc.
Clearly there won’t be room for all of these hopes on the Habs roster next season.
Many of these youngsters will most likely end up in the American League with Laval Rocket.
In addition to Joshua Roy, all of the aforementioned prospects will be able to play in the AHL next season.
This means that the Rocket line-up could be very different from what we have had this year and that it has reached the final of the conference in the East.
Several youngsters will join the Rocket roster to continue their development by making their professional debut.
Additionally, it’s important to note that prospective customers who join the Habs roster early in the season won’t necessarily play the 82 games on the NHL’s regular schedule.
We will likely see some hopeful bridging between Montreal and Laval a few times during the season.
The same goes for the hopes that they will start the season in Laval.
So, for the second consecutive year, Laval Rocket manager Jean-François Houle will have to deal with several staff changes, whether he likes it or not.
In addition, he will have to deal with several new players. Besides Jesse Ylonen and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, Houle doesn’t really know CH’s other hopes.
However, I believe the Rocket head coach will be thrilled to find new perspectives in the organization.
Another aspect that may be different in Laval’s lineup next season is the youth / veteran ratio.
The arrival of several young people is clearly good for the organization, but it may not be for everyone.
Indeed, some proud Laval Rocket veterans may lose their place in the training at the expense of some of these youngsters.
The Laval Rocket are obviously some young people who make up the future of the CH. But a training team wouldn’t be one without valuable veterans whose role is to provide an empowering environment for young people.
They too have their own history. https://t.co/iRr1TcVxox
– Nicolas Landry (@NicLandryRDS) June 18, 2022
However, it is also important for a school club to have veterans and not just young people. So it will be interesting to see which of these veterans Kent Hughes will sign again.
So we should have a better idea of Rocket’s possible 2022-2023 roster in the coming weeks.
– Big signatures in sight for the crew.
The Crew about to rob: https://t.co/dVeNlgD3BK
– TVA Sport (@TVASports) June 18, 2022
– PK Subban present for the Montreal GP weekend.
– TVA Sport (@TVASports) June 18, 2022
– It will be difficult for the Sea Dogs.
The Memorial Cup tournament, the ransom of the Sea Dogs? https://t.co/qzyzB04TG7
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) June 18, 2022
– Landeskog should play despite missing the last two tests.
Gabriel Landeskog no longer skates this morning. Even yesterday he didn’t train. Captain Avalanche takes days of maintenance. I would be shocked if he missed Race 2. Mikko Rantanen is skating. He also didn’t skate yesterday. The Lightning won’t have a morning skate.
– Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 18, 2022
2 seasons of 50+ goals.
3 seasons of 100+ points.
He is the second highest-scoring player in the NHL since the start of the 2016-17 season (Connor McDavid).
But he became a legend in the playoffs … racking up 32 points in 16 GPs playing due to a sprained ankle. pic.twitter.com/3WJKMYqFxj
—Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) June 18, 2022