CH hopefuls will take part in a rookie tournament
We can guess that forward Juraj Slafkovsky, selected first overall in the recent National Hockey League (NHL) draft, will be present at the rookie tournament, which will take place from September 15 to 18 in Buffalo, but the information could not be confirmed by the organization of the Canadian.
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One thing is certain, several hopefuls from the Montreal club will take part in the event.
The Habs announced the team’s presence at the rookie tournament on Thursday, noting that the tournament will feature prospects from four other NHL clubs: Buffalo Sabers, New Jersey Devils, the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Each team will play three games.
Among the players of the Canadian who should be there, in addition to Slafkovsky, it is necessary in particular to look towards certain players who took part, earlier this month, in the development camp of the team in Brossard. Owen Beck, Sean Farrell, Emil Heineman, Ty Smilanic, Filip Mesar, Rhett Pitlick, Joshua Roy and Luke Tuch were among the forwards. On the blue line, defenders Justin Barron, Gianni Fairbrother, Lane Hutson and Jayden Struble had notably participated in the development camp while Kaiden Guhle and Logan Mailloux were nursing injuries.
In goal, 22-year-old Cayden Primeau wasn’t in development camp, but he could loosen his legs in Buffalo. Emmett Croteau, Frederik Dichow, Jakub Dobes, Owen Savory and Joe Vrbetic were rather the goalkeepers in demand.
In Brossard on September 14
The team’s rookie camp will begin on Wednesday, September 14, as players report to the Brossard training complex to undergo medical and physical testing. The next day, the hopefuls of the Canadian will play a first match, in Buffalo, against the rookies of the Sabers. The Laval Rocket coaching staff, led by Jean-François Houle, will assume responsibility for games and practices. After the Sabers, the CH will face the Devils and Senators rookies on September 16 and 18 respectively.
All games will be played at the Sabers’ practice facility, the LECOM Harborcenter, which is attached to their main rink at the KeyBank Center.
After this rookie tournament, remember that the Canadian will have eight preseason games to play, starting September 26. The club will open its preseason schedule by hosting the Devils in Montreal. Four games are also scheduled against the Senators, two against the Toronto Maple Leafs and one against the Winnipeg Jets.