Cayden Primeau finally took the lead in the Laval Rocket’s good run in the playoffs. It is the leaders of the Canadians who need to breathe a sigh of relief.
Because there were times in the regular season when we wondered if Primeau didn’t get out of the equation.
Things didn’t go so well for him.
His time with the Habs was a disaster, although it has to be said that the team was at rock bottom at that point.
Dominance in the playoffs
However, we felt like he made a big step forward in the playoffs with Rocket. He was dominant, as you would want a goalkeeper to be at the most important time of the year.
Primeau was a major influence on the Rocket’s path, which eventually conceded defeat in the East Final.
.936 save percentage and 2.17 goals against average in 14 playoff games are numbers that look good in a career recap.
The question now is whether he can take it to the next level. When Carey Price returns to the game next season, it’s certain that he and Jake Allen will share the job with the big club.
If Price retires, the organization’s leaders will have a decision to make.
Houle advocates patience
Does Jean-François Houle think Primeau is ready for the NHL?
“I think it would be important for Cayden to continue his career in the American League,” the Rocket head coach replies candidly.
“He has to keep playing with confidence. I also think that we shouldn’t skip too many steps. I’ve always said that you have to wait until you’re 24, 25 or 26 for a goaltender to be ready for the National League.
“There aren’t many who do it at 22 or 23. »
Roy had his moments
It’s not Patrick Roy who wants this.
Roy was only 20 when he led the Canadiens to the 1986 Stanley Cup. But we forget that he had his ups and downs in the regular season and it took him four good seasons before he became a constant.
Price was also 20 when the Canadians decided to keep him in Montreal rather than bring him back to Hamilton where, after coming out of the junior ranks in the spring of 2007, he helped the Bulldogs win the Calder Cup.
After a good first season at the big club, he had experienced two difficult ones. He had fallen so far behind that Jaroslav Halak was thought to have preceded him.
We know the rest.
Dominik Hasek was 28 when he became a star player with the Buffalo Sabers.
Primeau turns 23 in August. He has 114 games experience in three seasons at the professional level.
It’s not huge.
“We mustn’t rush things,” Houle repeats.
“This not only applies to the goalkeepers, but also to the players. You have to give them time to be successful in the American League.
“After that you see if they have the maturity to move up to the National League. »
A rule the Detroit Red Wings have applied to many of their youngsters requires a prospect to play 150 minor league games before making it to the NHL.
In the case of Primeau, that would mean he would attack for CH after another appearance in Laval.
Imagine the core of the Canadian in two or three years. Suzuki, Caufield and Romanov, who are already there, plus Guhle, Harris, Wright or Slafkovsky, Harvey-Pinard.
By adding Connor Bedard the case would be Ketchup!
The fastest of them all!
Considering the close outcome, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals lived up to expectations. But the outcome of that meeting should not have been decided in overtime. The avalanche stunned the lightning all night.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper was the first to acknowledge his opponents’ dominance. But bettors big on the two-time champions don’t panic.
The series is just beginning.
However, no team comes close to the Avalanche in terms of speed. We can even say that it is the fastest club in hockey history.
It’s like Colorado’s altitude doesn’t affect its players.
Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are rockets!
MacKinnon electrifies when driving the puck into opponent’s territory. We believe that he is truly determined to lead his people to the end.
As for Makar, it’s a beauty to see him carrying the disc from one area to another. He skates with the ease of Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey.
Ron Hextall’s Gaffe
Looking at him, we understand that Bobby Clarke accused Ron Hextall of not drafting him when he was general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Hextall, holder of the second choice in 2017, had ignored the recommendations of Clarke, who acts as the organization’s eminence grise, and his recruiters, who saw Makar in their soup.
Hextall chose Nolan Patrick, whom his successor Chuck Fletcher sold to the Nashville Predators last summer. They then traded Patrick to the Vegas Golden Knights for Cody Glass, another top draft pick that yields nothing of value.
Like what all teams make mistakes in the repechage. But the one committed by Hextall marked him with a hot iron.
Like that of the Canadian for choosing Cory Urquhart over Patrice Bergeron.