Rafaël Harvey-Pinard wants to play full-time in Montreal next year

Rafaël Harvey-Pinard has just completed his second year as a pro and is already thinking about the next one. He is also setting the bar higher and higher. Next year he wants to play full-time with the Montreal Canadiens.

He said so during Laval Rocket’s end-of-season report.

“I haven’t been thinking about much other than the playoffs lately, but I certainly know what I want next year. I want to take my place in Montreal. That will be my goal and I will work very hard this summer to achieve it. – Rafaël Harvey-Pinard during the Rocket end-of-season recap

We should still expect such an answer. Especially since the young striker has a heart in his stomach like few others.

With 56 total points in 69 AHL regular-season games, the Canadians shouldn’t hesitate to give him a chance to break into the starting lineup in 2022-23. His biggest challenge this season has been managing his energy. Jonquiérois, 23, made just 36 appearances with Laval last year. If we add the 69 regular season games, 15 playoff games, and 4 substitute games with the Canadiens this year, that’s 88 games. That’s huge for a first full pro season.

Despite the many games played, Harvey-Pinard has remained consistent apart from a couple of bad streaks in which he didn’t score, but he also made his mark without a puck.

The best way to integrate in Montreal will be to imitate what he does in Laval. He was a favorite in the hockey room. In the Rocket’s final report, his teammates were unanimous: he’s a smiling player, he’s persistent, he likes to play hockey, and his work ethic is impeccable.

In Montreal, the crowd loves enduring players and the same crowd can energize Rafaël Harvey-Pinard or even convince coaches and managers to keep him at the big club. Honestly, with such great performances this year, it would be extremely surprising not to see him on at least a fourth row in Montreal next season.


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