The Rocket has few players to develop in the playoffs

We often hear that the American League is a developmental league. I don’t mind, but currently that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Laval Rockey. And not because Jean-François Houle doesn’t want it, but because the Canadians’ best hopes are currently unavailable, as reported by La Presse’s excellent Mathias Brunet.

In such a situation, it is obvious that Rocket needs to focus on building a winning culture for the next few years, where many young players should join the team. From next year we should see Justin Barron, Mattias Norlinder and Kaiden Guhle land in Laval. At this point we can talk about development and I would find it odd if Houle left them out in the playoffs.

But that’s not the case this year.

Jesse Ylonen and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard are already an integral part of the team.

The only problem is Cayden Primeau. Personally, I’d love to see him in the playoffs as he’s long been considered the organization’s future in goal. But at the same time, am I willing to sacrifice a round or two of the playoffs for the development of a single player who has yet to prove they can live up to expectations?

I understand both sides of the coin, but I’d like to see how he would react.

It will also be interesting to see what Jean-François Houle will do when some youngsters join the team after being eliminated from the CHL. If a Kaiden Guhle comes along in a few weeks, will we play it then? The same goes for Joshua Roy?

There are no right or wrong answers, it all depends on what the organization prioritizes for this year.


– Speaking of Mathias

– Ouch…

– Absolutely.

– Quite a game!

– He is burning.

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