Will the young Rocket forwards have room in Montreal in 2022-2023?

We are betting a lot on the future at the Canadiens. Obviously, this goes through young people and it shows at the defensive level, where there are only four veterans who are guaranteed to have their place in the sun: Mike Matheson, Joel Edmundson, David Savard and Chris Wideman.

Several young defenders will therefore have their chance.

In goal, Cayden Primeau is the club’s closest prospect, but he still has to learn in Laval. And if Carey Price is healthy, the CH will have three goalkeepers anyway. Primeau will not be “blocked”, therefore.

But for the attackers, it’s another dilemma.

This morning, in a paper on the resources that the CH makes available to its young players, I wrote that “if the guys are not developing up to expectations, it will not be because of the lack of resources. It might be because they didn’t have what it took to break through, because they didn’t work hard enough or for some other reason, but it won’t be for lack of resources. »

But could the reason be the Rocket’s lack of roster space?

Why am I talking about lack of space in attackers? Because, at two levels, it will not be easy for the Canadian to bring up young attackers who deserve it.

And those levels are: roster spot and salary cap money.

Right now, if nothing happens, Kent Hughes has about $250,000 free and he needs to sign Kirby Dach. I don’t know how much money he will earn this year with CH (he could earn around $2.1m, just like Kaapo Kakko), but nothing is certain.

What is certain is that the Canadiens need to free up some money (which isn’t exactly breaking news since we’ve known it for a long time) to be able to start thinking about recalling a striker from more, he who already has 14 under contract at $ 51.5 million. And again, that amount doesn’t include Kirby Dach.

  • Nick Suzuki
  • Brendan Gallagher
  • Jonathan Drouin
  • Josh Anderson
  • Evgenii Dadonov
  • Mike Hoffman
  • Christian Dvorak
  • Joel Armia
  • Paul Byron
  • Jake Evans
  • Rem Pitlick
  • Juraj Slafkovsky
  • Cole Caufield
  • Michael Pezzetta

Obviously, at the moment, we take into account the fact that Slaf will make the club (which will happen at the start of the season, I believe) and that the guys are healthy. That could change, especially in the case of Paul Byron.

Obviously, we cannot ignore these data. It’s part of the CH at the moment.

If there are injuries during the season, the Canadiens will have the resources not to have to recall Laval for a short time. Not calling a young person back will also allow them to stay as far away as possible, even if it’s peanutsthe salary cap.

If the young people currently on their entry contract perform well and have performance bonuses at the end of the season with the Canadian, we must save all possible money at CH. And that, John Sedgwick will be there to remind his bosses on a regular basis – not to say he probably will on a daily basis.

So, if we take the example of a Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, we can believe that he will have all the tools to develop, but we can wonder if the Canadian will be able to afford to call him back.

Because clearly, just with what he has done in Laval for two years, we know he deserves his place in the sun for more than four games. I know it, he knows it, you know it, the Canadian knows it – in short, everyone knows it.

I know it’s easier said than done and I know that Kent Hughes is working on it, but the CH must, in a process of reconstruction, make room for its young people. That’s the aim of the game.

But for that, the dead wood, as much in the alignment as in the accounting books, must take the edge. It’s that simple.

If the priority of the CH is indeed development, young players must have the luxury of easily being recalled, but also, of easily being able to return to the Laval Rocket.

Defenders will have that luxury, but ideally, CH would wait less than a year (when Drouin, Dadonov and Byron will be UFA) for this scenario to be as easy to execute for young attackers like Rafaël Harvey-Pinard , Jesse Ylönen and all the young attackers who will pass through Laval and who will be ready to eat a bigger bite.

A lot of

– The former Rocket man finds a job.

– We wish him good luck.

– New contract in Philadelphia.

– What are they waiting for to exchange it?

– Jesperi Kotkaniemi is on vacation.

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