Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Jesse Ylönen, two guys “ready for the NHL” according to JF Houle


I don’t know about you, but it was a great pleasure to follow the Laval Rockets during their amazing run to the playoffs last season. Jean-François Houle’s men were somewhat surprised to go to the final of the conference, where they were eventually beaten by the Springfield Thunderbirds.

The Rocket’s final season puts the roster back on a solid footing this year and the credit goes to Houle, who did a sensational job behind the bench in his first season with the club.

The team was winning fairly steadily… but if there is something even more important it is the fact that the youngsters have also developed adequately.

An aspect that in recent years has often been criticized by the team’s technicians.

We have seen guys playing in the NHL (Pezzetta, Belzile, Dauphin, RHP, Ylönen and so on) due to the many injuries inflicted on the big club players and they did well under the circumstances. Some of them even ended the season in Montreal …

Several positive points have been maintained from last season and the respective performances of Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Jesse Ylönen are noteworthy. Both players had amazing seasons at Laval last year, gained confidence, and now appear to be ready for the leap to the NHL.

At least, that’s what their coach believes, who also confided to Mitch Gallo about his young defenders on TSN 690:

The question to ask is whether they will have a real opportunity to enter the team’s roster at the start of the season.

Because as you know, forwards, the Canadian has a lot. Alex Burrows rightly stated yesterday that there are at least 17 forwards who, healthy, have a chance to start the year in Montreal.

17! In fact, people at mass …

Harvey-Pinard and Ylönen have the tools to break through as they continue to grow in the NHL … but is there really room for them right now?

This is the debate of the moment.

Lot of

– Duels the way we like them.

– Kent Hughes finished shopping?

– Actually.

– I like the name and the brand name of the team. Cheer!

Huge losses for the PGA.


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