Laval rocket | Patience is key for Cayden Primeau

Judging by the cheers and cheers Cayden Primeau received during the playoff games at Laval, fans already see him as the Habs’ next big star in goal. However, they may have to wait before witnessing his entry into the big club.

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Nicholas Richard

Nicholas Richard
The press

If Montreal has its number 31, Laval has its own. Primeau has proven to be the heart of the Rocket’s playoff success, and the 22-year-old goaltender wraps up what may be the most formative season of his young career.

“I like the big moments and playing under pressure. I like to find myself in this environment, it motivates me,” explained Primeau at the team’s season review on Thursday.

The Cerberus experienced the series frenzy in a very special way. Not only because he was cheered and fans often chanted his name during playoff games at Place Bell, but also because he didn’t expect to be so successful. This campaign has not been a long smooth river and he is grateful he was able to make the necessary corrections.

When I was feeling bad, I spoke to the team’s sports psychologist. I’m a better goalkeeper, I’m mentally stronger than I was at the start of the season and I’m grateful to have been able to go through this process.

Cayden Primeau

Despite his team’s failure to reach the Calder Cup Finals, Primeau, eyes beaming and a smile hanging from ear to ear, speaks about the playoff run he just had. He led his team with 2.17 goals conceded and .936 saves in Game 7 of the Conference Finals.

“It’s been a really fun season and it’s been great to be a part of this group for the last month and a half. I’ve never had so much fun playing hockey,” he said.

one more season

Despite the resounding success he’s had with Rocket and a short stint with the Canadiens during the season, the goalie refuses to have excessive expectations for next season.

“This will definitely be the greatest summer of my career. I will give anything to come to camp this summer and hope for the best. »

Assistant goalkeeper Kevin Poulin also wanted to warn the fans. The veteran explained that even if his young teammate has some talent and potential, he still needs one more season in the American League before he officially makes the leap to the NHL.

“I think he should continue in the American League. It’s hard because since the beginning of his career, there’s been COVID-19, blisters and the reserve team. I think he needs to have a solid year in the American League where he’s going to play a lot of games for the focus to be right on the Rocket. After that he should be fine,” said the 32-year-old goalkeeper, who himself played around fifty games in the Oberliga.

After all, only five goaltenders under the age of 23 have held full-time positions in the NHL this season. Primeau turns 23 on August 11.

That’s why head coach Jean-François Houle explained: “Not only for him, but also for young players in the American League you have to be patient, you have to take the time to make sure the players develop well [peut être long] sometimes. It’s not good to skip steps.”

However, everyone agrees that Primeau has many qualities, that he was the catalyst to the Rocket’s success in the playoffs, that he has a bright future ahead of him and that he will enchant hockey fans south of Jesus Island.

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