Rafaël Harvey-Pinard has just finished his second professional year and is already looking forward to the next one. He also continues to set the bar higher and higher. Next year, he wants to play full time with the Montreal Canadiens.
This is what he said during the Laval Rocket end-of-season report.
The day after the Rocket budget, a few words about RHP, which got praise from almost everyone throughout the year.
Jonquiérois is no braggart, but he assumes it – aim for the NHL full-time next year.
– Nicolas Landry (@NicLandryRDS) June 17, 2022
“I haven’t thought about much other than the playoffs lately, but I sure know what I want next year. I want to make my place in Montreal. This will be my goal and I will work very hard this summer to achieve it. – Rafaël Harvey-Pinard during the Rocket end-of-season review
However, we should expect such a response. Especially since the young striker has a heart in his stomach like few others.
With a total of 56 points in 69 AHL regular season games, Canadiens shouldn’t hesitate to give him the chance to infiltrate the starting line-up in 2022-23. His biggest challenge this season has been managing his energy. 23-year-old Jonquiérois only played 36 games for Laval last year. This year, if we add the 69 games of the regular season, the 15 games of the playoffs and the 4 substitute games with the Canadiens, we get 88 games. It’s huge for a full professional first season.
Despite the large number of games played, Harvey-Pinard remained consistent, apart from a few negative streaks in which he did not score, but still made his mark without a puck.
The best way to integrate in Montreal will be to imitate what he does in Laval. It was a favorite in the hockey room. In the Rocket end-of-season report, he was unanimous among his teammates: he’s a smiling player, he perseveres like crazy, he likes to play hockey and his work ethic is beyond reproach.
In Montreal, the crowd loves persevering players and this same crowd can energize Rafaël Harvey-Pinard or even convince coaches and managers to keep him with the big club. Honestly, with such great performances this year, it would be extremely surprising not to see him at least in fourth line in Montreal next season.
– Do we have to thank Mike Smith?
Four of the top five differentials belong to the Avalanche defenders. pic.twitter.com/8XvslkI9Cw
—Hockey 360 (@ hockey360) June 17, 2022
– The Panthers should soon make a decision for their manager.
hearing #Panthers have been active interviewing head coach candidates, including Pete DeBoer, Travis Green, Rick Tocchet, Barry Trotz and potentially Paul Maurice.
This is while Jack Adams runner-up and interim coach Andrew Brunette still awaits news of his fate.
– Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 17, 2022
– Filip Forsberg could leave the Predators for free.
Chris Johnston on Insider Trading says the Pred would like to bring Filip Forsberg back, but at this point there hasn’t been much progression in the extension talks since March.
– NHL scout (@NHL_observer) June 17, 2022
– A new owner at Preds.
Former Tennessee Governor to Become Majority Owner of Predators https://t.co/ErxMSg7PWJ
– The sports press (@LaPresse_Sports) June 17, 2022
– It’s fun to hear!