Rookie camp is always interesting. After all, it’s where you see the quality of a club’s prospect pool.
Of course, not all hopefuls are there. Some are too busy warming the bench in Russia(like Matvei Michkov, the Flyers’ top prospect)… or, at best, playing.
The NCAA hopefuls aren’t there either. Their college term has begun and they don’t want to lose their eligibility to play in the American university system.
But there’s still a good pool of talented guys out there.
Most of the prospects are with the veterans in Brossard these days, waiting for training camp or rookie camp to start. And the youngsters know they’ll be playing for big stakes in the coming weeks.
And why? Because it’s a great showcase. Just ask Arber Xhekaj or William Trudeau, two guys who have made their mark in recent years and improved their lot within the Habs organization.
Arber Xhekaj with the KO on Zachary Massicotte pic.twitter.com/zCeamWR0nd
– Matt Drake (@DrakeMT) September 18, 2022
That’s to be expected, considering the club’s youth bank…
And as Renaud Lavoie said this morning on BPM Sports, the Habs have the potential to dominate at the rookie tournament. With the bank of youngsters Jean-François Houle will have on hand, it’s understandable.
Among the guys who are rookies in their own right, those who aren’t in Europe for the next few weeks or in the NCAA should take part. That’s a lot of quality youngsters per square foot.
However, we won’t be seeing Lane Hutson alongside David Reinbacher, which is a shame.
It’ll give the players a chance to build team spirit, which is just as well. It may not always be easy against the Sabres (September 15), Bruins (September 16) and Senators (September 18), but the challenge will be interesting for a large group of young CH players.
And that’s going to bring the cream to the surface.
– The star of the showcase.
Connor Bedard at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase pic.twitter.com/cbWo3QYBIM
– RMNB (@rmnb) September 5, 2023
– Shot of the day.
haters will claim that it’s fake
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) September 5, 2023
– Enjoy your reading.
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– dom (@domluszczyszyn) September 5, 2023
– He’ll be playing soon. Finally.
The Michkov case… https://t. co/bPcxY1Yc2m
– Mathias Brunet (@mathiasbrunet) September 5, 2023
– It’s all really weird.
He’s just been placed on a list making him inactive in AAA. https://t.co/OvRtaztc4z
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) September 5, 2023