According to the same model, the Tricolore has nearly 30 prospects with NHL potential → https://t.co/PuI7st3o8o
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 9, 2023
I’m not saying that the CH is aiming for the Stanley Cup, on the contrary.
I’m just saying that the Tricolore can finally look ahead, rather than hoping to improve their chances of getting a good draft pick.
Of course, it’s quite possible that the CH will still be drafting in the top tier next season, considering how strong the Atlantic division will be next season.
So, just outside Montreal, we’ll be able to see some of the NHL’s second-best bank of prospects in action.
Here’s what the Laval Rocket’s line-up could look like for the 2023-2024 season.
The #GoHabsGo AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket, should have an improved forward lineup next season, bolstered by young free agents and drafted talent, rather than older stop-gap players.
Here’s a very early look at the potential forward lineup in the AHL:https://t.co/c6I4B7welb
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) July 4, 2023
First of all, Jean-François Houle should be able to count on the arrival of two quality QMJHL prospects in Joshua Roy and Riley Kidney.
The two youngsters drafted by the CH in 2020 have dominated the QMJHL this year, so they’re clearly ready to take the next step in their development.
They’ll get plenty of playing time, and should be among the team’s best, along with two prospects who made their professional debuts last year, Emil Heineman and Sean Farrell.
Heineman destroyed everything last season with the Rocket when he arrived from Europe. He amassed seven goals and two assists in just 11 games, so he’ll certainly be a Rocket mainstay this year.
As for Farrell, he joined the CH after his season in the NCAA, but didn’t manage to stand out that much.
Filip Mesar is set to play for the Rocket after a season with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, while Jared Davidson has signed a one-year contract with the Rocket from the WHL.
All in all, here’s what the Rocket line-up could look like, with a few of last year’s players, of course, as well as the unfortunate ones who will be cut from the CH camp, including Lias Andersson, who I mentioned this morning.
Emil Heineman – Rem Pitlick – Filip Mesar
Sean Farrell – Lias Andersson – Joshua Roy
Philippe Maillet – Jared Davidson – Riley Kidney
Jan Mysak – Xavier Simoneau – Lucas Condotta
The Laval Rocket will look very different next year thanks to an influx of offensive talent from #GoHabsGo prospects.
The blueline should also look different, but much of it depends on where Logan Mailloux ends up.
Here’s their projected defensive group:https://t.co/QXvqjKU6yw
– Montreal Hockey Now (@MTLhockeynow) July 8, 2023
On defense, Rocket head coach Jean-François Houle will also be able to count on several young players.
First of all, he’ll be able to count on the return of several players.
Miguël Tourigny, meanwhile, will surely have a place in Laval after spending a season against men in Slovakia, where he amassed 26 points including six goals in 46 games with Trencin Dukla.
The Canadiens’ top prospect could probably play in the NHL as early as this year, but defensive congestion could force him to start in the AHL.
Mailloux is likely to be one of the Rocket’s defensive mainstays, needing to play as many minutes as possible after missing so many games in his junior years.
Here’s what the Rocket defense could look like.
William Trudeau – Logan Mailloux
Jayden Struble – Miguël Tourigny
Mattias Norlinder – Nicolas Beaudin
On the move
– What’s next for Spencer Knight?
NEW: Spencer Knight will take part in the Panthers Development Camp that kicks off tomorrow in Coral Springs.
More on the plan for Knight, as the promising young goalie resumes his pro field hockey career: https://t.co/4HvScMrjSY
– David Dwork (@DavidDwork) July 9, 2023
– Could the Bruins take a chance on Filip Zadina?
– Boston Hockey Now (@BOSHockeyNow) July 9, 2023
– A rundown of recent NHL rumors.
Are the #NJDevils interested in John Gibson? What’s the latest on Vladimir Tarasenko? Who could the #Isles target in the trade market? Could the #Canucks ship Tyler Myers to the #SJSharks? Find out in the Sunday #NHL Rumor Roundup. https://t.co/5L7JcCJ1Gf
– Spector’s Hockey (@SpectorsHockey) July 9, 2023
– Big rivalry duel not to be missed tonight.
GAME DAY 🍁
United States vs Canada – 7:30pm
– KAN FC ⚽ (@kanfootballclub) July 9, 2023
– Coming up.