The Montreal Canadiens have just a few days left to make a decision regarding Frederik Dichow and Joe Vrebtic’s future.
Should the #Habs offer them contracts?
The lack of talent in the goaltending prospect pool may very well force the issue.
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) May 27, 2023
The Canadiens’ bank of prospects is already very well filled, but there’s a shortage of up-and-coming goalies. Two goaltenders in the prospect pool are still without NHL entry-level contracts and will become free agents if they don’t sign by June 1: Frederik Dichow and Joe Vrbetic.
Drafted in the fifth round by the Canadiens in 2019, Dichow plays with HC Frolunda in the SHL (Sweden’s premier league). He had a good season without anything spectacular.
It has to be said, however, that the Canadiens’ goaltending bank is not very well-stocked. We can forget about Carey Price right away. Samuel Montembeault and Jake Allen share the net in Montreal, but after that, it gets very empty.
Cayden Primeau is still with the Laval Rocket, but he’s not developing at the rate many had hoped. There’s only one other goalie under contract in the organization, and that’s Jakub Dobes.
Yes, Dobes has had a lot of success with Ohio State in the NCAA, but he can’t be the CH’s only hope at the goalie position. If it doesn’t work out with him, the Habs will be solidly in trouble.
That’s why we need Kent Hughes to sign one of the two goalies. Either Dichow or Vrbetic.
Even if the Tricolore doesn’t sign Dichow, Vrbetic could also be a good choice. In fact, Vrbetic’s main role in the AHL is as a replacement in case of injury. He did a decent job with the Trois-Rivières Lions in 2022-23. He certainly won’t be the team’s goalie of the future, but he can be a cushion in case of injury.
Emmett Croteau is another Canadiens prospect who doesn’t have to sign a contract just yet. He had a good run with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL and will join the ranks of the University of Nebraska at Omaha for his next season.
– A solid player.
Mathieu Choinière plays his 100th game for the Club tonight.
– CF Montréal (@cfmontreal) May 27, 2023
– Carter Verhaeghe has been impressive since the start of the playoffs.
“He was their best forward thanks to his dynamism, flair for the puck and playoff-friendly style of play” 👏https://t.co/40DUSsn1SH
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) May 27, 2023
– A member of the Raptors joins the Bucks.
Bucks pick from Raptors’ backyard and sign Adrian Griffinhttps://t.co/1uCbavPQS6
– RDS (@RDSca) May 27, 2023
– He certainly left his mark.