The Laval Rocket has never been more relevant to the Canadiens’ future than it is right now. A look at the key elements of the roster’s youth movement and how they plan on managing a very young team loaded with NHL potential. https://t.co/2oyvfeB4WZ
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) July 14, 2023
In reality, the last few weeks have been a challenge to manage the extent to which you need to keep veterans (like captain Gabriel Bourque, for example) to surround the youngsters… without blocking them.
It’s a good challenge. But why?
Because, as Arpon Basu mentioned this morning in a piece on The Athletic, the AHL is a tough league and simply throwing youngsters at the problem wouldn’t be the answer.
That’s why Rob Ramage, Francis Bouillon, Adam Nicholas and a host of other interesting people will be heading to Laval to work with the youngsters. They’ll be taking a load of leadership on their shoulders.
After all, as Arpon Basu mentioned, the Rocket is set to start next season with no fewer than 12 youngsters aged 22 and under. And that’s not counting David Reinbacher, whose fate has yet to be decided, and the three 23- and 24-year-olds.
- 19 years old: Filip Mesar
- 20 years: Riley Kidney, Logan Mailloux, Joshua Roy and William Trudeau
- 21 years: Jan Mysak, Jared Davidson and Emil Heineman
- 22 years: Xavier Simoneau, Jakub Dobes, Jayden Struble and Sean Farrell
These aren’t guys brimming with pro experience, which will give Jean-François Houle a good challenge on some nights.
The Rocket coach truly believes the 21-year-old defenseman has a chance of reaching the NHL → https://t.co/VcC9TsCJan
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 12, 2023
And what we mustn’t forget is that these are quality players. Many of them are youngsters who were drafted in the first two rounds of the amateur draft.
- Jake Evans
- Michael Pezzetta
Back then, prospect development didn’t work the same way. Now, it’s at the heart of the plan, and the prospects are quality guys who will truly aspire to break into the NHL and make an impact.
The youngsters will have to take their pain in patience → https://t.co/xcQCQmrya0
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 20, 2023
What this basically means is that there will indeed be youngsters, that they’ll be surrounded by the organization, but that on the ice, they’ll have to do the heavy lifting. And since things are jammed upstairs, there will be limited places for call-ups.
– News from CF Montreal.
Head coach Louis Robitaille heads to Cape Breton | JDQ https://t.co/9YFWfS0xb4
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) July 14, 2023
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I recommend this article from La Presse: Quatorze heures réussies avec la Coupe Stanley https://t.co/LLfHzFor4g
– Paul Wilson (@prpwilson) July 14, 2023
– The action resumes tonight in the MLB.