In recent weeks, the Rocket have let veterans (such as Alex Belzile and Anthony Richard) go and replace them with youngsters. With all the hopes that are growing, we must give them space.
Indeed, the past few weeks have been a challenge to manage how much you have to keep the veterans (like Captain Gabriel Burke, for example) to outflank the youngsters…without stopping them.
It’s a good challenge. Why?
because, As mentioned by Arbon Basu this morning in an article on The AthleticThe AHL is a tough league and simply throwing youngsters into the wolf’s mouth isn’t going to be the solution.
The Laval Rocket has never been more relevant to the future of Canadians than it is now. A look at the key youngsters on the roster and how they plan to manage a very young team loaded with NHL potential. https://t.co/2oyvfeB4WZ
—ArponBasu (@ArponBasu) July 14, 2023
This is what management knows.
That is why, in particular, Rob Ramage, Francis Bouillon, Adam Nicholas and many other interesting people go to Laval to work with young people. They will take on their shoulders a mouthful of Leadership.
But will that be enough?
After all, as mentioned by Arpon Basu, the Rockets are lining up to start next season with no fewer than 12 guys under the age of 22. This does not include David Reinbacher, whose fate has not been determined, and the three men, who are between the ages of 23 and 24.
- 19 years old: Philippe Messar
- 20 years: Riley Kidney, Logan Mallox, Joshua Roy, William Trudeau
- 21 years: Jan Mysak, Jared Davidson, Emil Heineman
- 22 years: Xavier Simoneau, Jakub Dobes, Jayden Struble, Sean Farrell
These are not youngsters full of experience in the pros, which would be a good challenge for Jean-François Houle, who will have to put up with his troubles patiently some evenings.
However, it will have one of the most important mandates in the organization: mentoring young people.
The Rocket coach actually believes the 21-year-old defender has a chance of making it to the NHL → https://t.co/VcC9TsCJan
– Behind the scenes (DLCoulisses) July 12, 2023
And what we must not forget is that they are excellent players. Many of them are youngsters drafted in the first two rounds of the amateur draft.
The last time the missile had this many young men was in 2018-2019. Of the draw, there were no draft picks in the first two rounds and only two of them are still in Montreal.
- Jake Evans
- Michael Pezzetta
At the time, developing odds didn’t work the same way. That’s the crux of the plan and the prospects are quality people who truly aspire to break into the NHL and make an impact.
And this, even if they have to patiently endure their troubles.
Young people will have to patiently bear their troubles → https://t.co/xcQCQmrya0
– Behind the scenes (DLCoulisses) June 20, 2023
What this means, basically, is that there will be many young men, and they will be surrounded by the organization, but on the ice, they will have to do the heavy lifting. And since it is blocked at the top, places will be limited to recall.
Development in the city has never been greater, and the 2023-2024 rocket is proof of that.
a lot of
– New to CF Montreal.
Coach Louis Robitaille departs for Cape Breton | JDQ https://t.co/9YFWfS0xb4
– Kevin Dube (KDubeJDQ) July 14, 2023
– to read.
I recommend this article from La Presse: Fourteen Successful Hours with the Stanley Cup https://t.co/LLfHzFor4g
– Paul Wilson (@prpwilson) July 14, 2023
– Action resumes tonight in MLB.
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