Right now, the Canadian has four veterans in his defensive body. We are talking about Mike Matheson, Joel Edmundson, David Savard and Chris Wideman. The latter will not necessarily play every day.
Ideally, Kent Hughes would add an experienced defender (right) to help out. However, at this time, this is not the case.
This means that two or three places will be filled by young people. Immediately the names of Jordan Harris, Kaiden Guhle and Justin Barron come to mind. They will be CH priorities, and with good reason.
But as we know, they may need to take a step back during the season and go play some Laval. And if so, without the most coveted veteran, you may need to compensate internally.
And that’s where I want to go because in Laval, the club has certain resources to get game time.
After all, even if the trio of young people is doing well, there are guys who will push and who will want to have their chance at the top with the Canadian. There will be an internal struggle at this level and the CH will have to give space to the guys who are pushing. And unlike the attackers, the defenders will have space.
The Canadian has given himself some excellent tools to develop the youth teams, but the forwards could run out of space in the short term in Montreal.
A two-step analysis. @DL Behind the scenes
Many tools: https://t.co/DrRsRjxhMz
They need space: https://t.co/O3y9JbVixA pic.twitter.com/pZnwoS87N7
– Charles-Alexis Brisebois (@Charles__Alexis) July 30, 2022
Who will these youngsters be, who will have to take advantage of the ups and downs of a season – including injuries – to stand out?
Andrew Zadarnowski recently painted a portrait of the potential Laval Rocket roster and there are several names of guys who may want their chance in town.
Only a first hypothesis on the rosters of the opening night for the #Habs, Rocket and Lions. There is a clear problem with an overabundance of forwards in the AHL, considering the limit of 23 men in the NHL and the limit of 22 men in the ECHL (for the first 30 days, then 21 men). pic.twitter.com/X4v4bIJNeG
– Andrew Zadarski (@AZadarski) August 31, 2022
Indeed, in addition to the often talked about trio of young players, six defenders are expected to play for Laval this season with a contract that will allow them to play for the Canadiens if necessary.
- Gianni Fierafratello (21)
- Mattias Norlinder (22 years old)
- Corey Schueneman (27)
- Arber Xhekaj (21 years)
- Madison Bowey (27)
- Otto Leskinen (age 25)
Obviously, there are veterans a little older (and I think Schueneman might be one of those who will get a chance somewhere this year under Martin St-Louis), but among the guys you can remember, there are three guys 22 and below. They are therefore young aspirants to the CH.
Norlinder has things to prove, Fairbrother still has to improve and Xhekaj will have to get used to the pro game, but the three left-handed are young people in the organization who have interesting and different assets.
A great start to the season on their part (presumably in Laval) would put them on the line map and I think it’s not impossible to believe that along the way, at least one of them might have a chance.
I’ll follow Xhekaj out of the corner of my eye, let’s say …
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