When will Primeau be ready? | The Montreal Newspaper


Cayden Primeau finally took the lead during the Laval Rocket’s beautiful run in the playoffs. It is the leaders of the Canadian who must breathe easier.

Because there were times in the regular season where we wondered if Primeau wasn’t getting out of the equation.

Things weren’t going so well for him.

His time with the Habs was a disaster, although it must be said that the team was in last place at the time.

Dominate in the playoffs

However, we heard he took a big step forward in the playoffs with the Rocket. He was as dominant as you would like him to be a goalkeeper during the most important time of the year.

Primeau had a big say in the Rocket’s path, eventually admitting defeat in the Eastern Final.

.936 save percentages and 2.17 vs average goals in 14 playoff games are numbers that look good in a career summary.

The question now is whether it can take it to the next level. If Carey Price returns to the pitch next season, it is certain that Jake Allen and he will share the job with the big club.

If Price withdraws, the organization’s leaders will have to make a decision.

Houle advocates patience

Does Jean-François Houle think Primeau is ready for the NHL?

“I think it would be important for Cayden to continue his American League career,” replies the Rocket manager frankly.

“He must continue to play with confidence. I also think we shouldn’t skip too many steps. I have always said that you have to wait until you are 24, 25 or 26 before a goalkeeper is ready for the National League.

“There aren’t many who do it at 10pm or 11pm.”

Roy had his moments

It’s not Patrick Roy he wants.

Roy was only 20 when he led the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1986. But let’s forget that he had had ups and downs in the regular season and that it took him four good campaigns to become a constant. .

Price was also 20 years old when the Canadiens decided to keep him in Montreal instead of bringing him back to Hamilton, where, after exiting the junior rankings in the spring of 2007, he had helped the Bulldogs win the Calder Cup.

After a good first season with the big names, he had experienced two difficult ones. He had regressed so much that it was believed that Jaroslav Halak had preceded him.

We know the rest.

Dominik Hasek was 28 when he became a champion with the Buffalo Sabers.

150 games

Primeau will turn 23 in August. He has 114 games of experience in three seasons at a professional level.

It is not huge.

“We mustn’t rush things,” Houle repeats.

“It is not just for the goalkeepers, but also for the players. You have to give them time to find success in the American League.

“It is after that we see if they have the maturity to go up to the National League. “

A rule that the Detroit Red Wings have applied to many of their youngsters requires a potential customer to play 150 minor league games before entering the NHL.

In Primeau’s case, that would mean he would be on the attack for CH after another campaign in Laval.

Imagine the core of the Canadian in two or three years. Suzuki, Caufield and Romanov who are already there, plus Guhle, Harris, Wright or Slafkovsky, Harvey-Pinard.

Adding Connor Bedard, the case would be ketchup!

The fastest of all!

Considering the low score, match 1 of the Stanley Cup final lived up to expectations. But the outcome of this match should not have been decided in overtime. The avalanche stunned the lightning all night.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper was the first to acknowledge the dominance of his opponents. But bettors who bet heavily on the two-time reigning champions don’t panic.

The series has just begun.

That said, no team comes close to the Avalanche in terms of speed. We can also argue that it is the fastest club in hockey history.

It’s as if Colorado’s altitude has no effect on its players.

Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are rockets!

MacKinnon is thrilled when he drives into opposite territory with the puck. We think he’s really determined to bring his people to the end.

As for Makar, it’s nice to see him carry the puck from one area to another. Skate with the ease of Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey.

Ron Hextall’s Gaffe

Looking at him, we understand that Bobby Clarke blamed Ron Hextall for not enlisting him when he was general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Holder of second choice in 2017, Hextall had ignored recommendations from Clarke, who serves as the gray Eminence of the organization, and her recruiters that they saw Makar in their soup.

Hextall opted for Nolan Patrick, who his successor Chuck Fletcher sold to the Nashville Predators last summer. They then traded Patrick to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Cody Glass, another top-of-the-line pick that’s not worth the effort.

Like what all the teams make a mistake in the repechage. But what Hextall committed he scored with a red-hot iron.

Like that of the Canadian for having preferred Cory Urquhart to Patrice Bergeron.


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