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NHL: Several young people complicate the life of general managers

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Less than a month from the start of the retirements in the National League, several restrictive free agents are still without a contract in their pockets for next season. Among them are several young stars of the circuit who have not yet found common ground with their respective teams. Here is a list of the most attractive players.

Jason Robertson – Dallas Stars

Salary 2021-2022: $ 795,000

It’s hard to understand why the Stars haven’t yet hired a young talent like Jason Robertson. The 23-year-old American finds the bottom of the net like no other with the Stars, despite an entourage that doesn’t have a true offensive talent worthy of the name. In 128 career games, Robertson has amassed nearly one point per game, with 125 points. His 41 goals last year made him the top scorer of the Stars. Robertson has just completed the final year of his entry-level NHL contract.

Kirby Dach – Montreal Canadiens

Salary 2021-2022: $ 925,000

A change of scenery could be positive for Kirby Dach, who has never managed to live up to the expectations placed on him as the third overall pick in the 2019 draft. Injuries have not helped, but Dach will have to show all his talent reach. under Martin St-Louis and abandons Chicago’s tendency to be a director who can’t finish them. Upon his arrival in Montreal, the 21-year-old striker will already be in his fourth season in the big league. Dach has scored 19 goals and 59 points in 152 games since the start of his NHL career.

Rasmus Sandin – Toronto Maple Leafs

Salary 2021-2022: $ 894,167

Rasmus Sandin’s contractual deadlock continues to lengthen. Considering the quality of last season’s play in Toronto, the Swedish defender certainly deserves a raise, but how much? This is the question. Sandin, 22 and injured most of the time, has only 88 games of NHL experience and that, mostly in the Leafs’ third defender pair. Despite his strong potential, Toronto must be careful in his case by not getting too carried away by the bank. Sandin is said to be concerned that his playing time will be limited next season due to congestion on the left side in defense. During the summer the Maple Leafs decided to keep the services of Mark Giordano who could play on the third pair behind Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin.

Alex Formenton – Ottawa Senators

Salary 2021-2022: $ 747,500

Rumors indicate that Alex Formenton will have a contract in his pocket before the retirement begins, but time is running out for Pierre Dorion and the Senators. At 22, he was selected in 2And round (47And in total) in the 2017 draft. The promising striker, who has 109 career NHL games behind him, scored 18 goals and 32 points in 79 games in his first real season in Ottawa. Focused on speed, it was used extensively on penalties last year, averaging around two minutes per game in such a situation. On Sunday, the Senators signed free agent Erik Brannstrom and Alex Formenton was supposed to be next in line.

Barrett Hayton – Coyote of Arizona

Salary 2021-2022: $ 894,167

In the American League early last season, Barett Hayton was recalled after only four games by the Coyotes and never returned to the other side. André Tourigny and his assistants offered him various defensive responsibilities, particularly on the penalty spot. Hand injured after 26 games, the 22-year-old center ended the season with eight goals and 18 points from 34 games in Arizona. Although he never became the Coyote’s much-desired first center when they made his third overall selection in 2018, Hayton could potentially play consistently in the top three lines.

Cayden Primeau – Montreal Canadiens

Salary 2021-2022: $ 880,833

Still without a contract, Cayden Primeau will be fighting with Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault for the two positions available in front of the Montreal network. Barring general surprises, the 23-year-old goalkeeper is likely to start the season in the American League, but will be the first goalkeeper on the list of recalls in the event of an injury. Primeau has played 18 games with the big club in the past three seasons. The former Northeastern University goalkeeper gained a lot of experience during the Rocket’s long playoff run last year. He excelled in front of the Laval goal, which he defended until the semifinals of the playoffs, scoring a goal against the average of 2.17 and a saving rate of 0.936.

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