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Joshua Roy: the experiment would have been a flop if he had been recalled, argues Martin McGuire

Last week, we learned that Christian Dvorak’s season was over due to a pectoral injury.

The Canadiens, already without a number of forwards, had to call up a replacement from the Laval Rocket. Emil Heineman was the lucky one.

The choice was a logical one, as the big Swede got his first taste of the NHL earlier this season.

But in the eyes of some, a guy like Joshua Roy should have been given the chance to shine with the big club. Overall, the Quebecer is having a good season in the AHL, and everyone’s looking forward to seeing him at the next level because there’s been so much positive feedback about him in the last 12 months.

The Canadiens have decided not to recall him, and it’s not because the kid isn’t good. Martin McGuire chose the perfect words to describe the situation on Louis Jean (98.5 FM ) recently: “You have to give him time, because he’s not ready for the big league yet.

And the experiment won’t work if he’s not 100% ready:

I hear a lot of people calling for players like Joshua Roy to be recalled. They’re not ready! Can you hear me? They’re not ready. If the Habs bring in these players in the current environment, with the hockey baggage they have as we speak, it’s going to be a flop. – Martin McGuire

The word “patience” is always used when talking about young players in Laval, and this is the case with Joshua Roy.

It’s a cliché, but it’s the same thing.

The Canadiens prospect has 27 points in 32 games, which is excellent. That’s quite a production for a rookie in the AHL, and there’s no doubt about it.

But beyond the points, we’ve been hearing since the start of the season that the Quebecer needs to mature. That he must find a way to be more consistent, night after night. That he must learn to “become a pro”.

That’s not a negative thing, because it’s normal to see these aspects in a 20-year-old player. These things will come with time, but it’s not by rushing the plan that he’ll learn faster. And it’s the same for other young players.

He’s in a good chair right now in Laval, one that allows him to play a lot of minutes and have a big role in Jean-François Houle’s training.

There’s really no rush, so the idea of letting him shine with the Rocket until he’s a more mature player is really interesting.

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