9:05 AM EST, Thu January 23, 2020
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Cayden Primeau on blocking out the noise, his year in Nebraska, and learning from a Dutch extreme athlete

Cayden Primeau on blocking out the noise, his year in Nebraska, and learning from a Dutch extreme athlete

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ The rookie’s poise and maturity has made an impression on teammates in both Laval and Montreal. Even after winning his first ever NHL game, 20-year-old Cayden Primeau did not look like a deer in headlights overwhelmed by the oncoming Montreal media horde. One by one, microphones and cell phones inserted themselves in the growing scrum, but Primeau didn’t lose focus of the reporter asking him a question to his right. It’s just part of the madness that comes with being a highly-touted prospect in the early stages of their Montreal Canadiens...
3 hours ago
Rocket vs. Crunch recap & highlights: Jake Evans’ OT winner downs Syracuse

Rocket vs. Crunch recap & highlights: Jake Evans’ OT winner downs Syracuse

Club de hockey Canadien, inc The Rocket earn an important two points in their playoff push. Charles Hudon and Jake Evans combined on a two-on-one just six seconds into overtime as the Laval Rocket defeated the Syracuse Crunch 3-2 on Wednesday night at Place Bell. It was a fitting way for the game to end for Evans, who had a strong game at both ends of the rink. Charles Hudon feeds Jake Evans the overtime winner, just six seconds into OT. pic.twitter.com/gJB8SlrrfV— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 23, 2020 The win earned the Rocket a big two points as they continue their push...
5 hours ago
Links: Depth players the Canadiens could consider moving out

Links: Depth players the Canadiens could consider moving out

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, looking far down the order for players who could be turned into future assets, Connor McDavid’s recovery, and Darren Dietz’s All-Star performance. Montreal Canadiens news and notes While there are some bigger Canadiens names on the trade bait board, there are some more minor players who could be sought by playoff contenders. [Sportsnet] A conversation on which Canadiens may be on the move, and which ones won’t. [TSN 690] You’ve probably noticed the man a few rows behind the glass who wears a fluroescent green...
Jan 22, 2020
Should the Canadiens consider trading Tomas Tatar?

Should the Canadiens consider trading Tomas Tatar?

Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via The Canadiens have a chance to sell high on Tomas Tatar, but should they take it? We haven’t heard much from Marc Bergevin and company on the trade front this season. Outside of the Marco Scandella acquisition — which was paired with the departure of Mikey Reilly — the Montreal Canadiens have remained rather quiet. Bergevin has made it quite clear that he’s not interested in selling the farm to try and make the playoffs. In fact, his surprise acquisition of Ilya Kovalchuk suggests that he might be trying to make the playoffs without...
Jan 22, 2020
Despite what the stat line shows, Jesse Ylönen has made improvements

Despite what the stat line shows, Jesse Ylönen has made improvements

Shanna Martin The points are down, but delving a little deeper into the numbers shows the Finnish forward is developing in all facets of the game. Looking at Jesse Ylönen’s stats and comparing them to last year’s performance paints a bleak picture for the Montreal Canadiens prospect. The Finnish forward has dropped from 0.51 points per game to a 0.46 average, and this seems dire for a player that many were high on at the time of his draft, and going into to a new season. However, his point totals only paint part of the picture. Those numbers need to be put in context of the team to...
Jan 22, 2020
Links: Eyes on Montreal with the Trade Deadline looming

Links: Eyes on Montreal with the Trade Deadline looming

Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via In today’s links, Marc Bergevin has decisions to make regarding what to do with his veteran potential trade assets, Josh Brook got a stint as a forward with the Rocket, and Brandon Manning is suspended for five games for an on-ice racial slur. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Eyes are on Montreal as the Trade Deadline nears, with names like Tomas Tatar, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Jeff Petry swirling around. [TSN] Eyes are also on Marc Bergevin as he decides whether the playoffs are still in the cards. [RDS] Josh Brook recently found himself playing the...
Jan 21, 2020
The situation facing Marc Bergevin in his bye-week evaluations

The situation facing Marc Bergevin in his bye-week evaluations

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via The Canadiens won’t be buyers, but there are still decisions to make on when — or if — they’ll be sellers. The Montreal Canadiens fell just short of a playoff berth last season, looking much better than they did in 2017-18 when they had among the top odds in the draft lottery, but ultimately still played just the regular 82-game schedule. Now, for the third season in a row, they may be looking at that same fate, which has only happened two times in franchise history. If comments made a week ago by Elliotte Friedman are accurate, Marc Bergevin is...
Jan 21, 2020
CTT: Rhett Pitlick is a point-per-game player with Muskegon

CTT: Rhett Pitlick is a point-per-game player with Muskegon

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Pitlick’s speed is translating to offence, while several prospects are dealing with long-term injuries. Each week we take an in-depth look at young members of the organization while providing an overview of Montreal Canadiens prospects playing at the Junior (OHL, QMJHL, WHL, BCHL, USHL) and collegiate (NCAA) level. In his time with the Omaha Lancers, Rhett Pitlick didn’t produce up to his potential. The Habs prospect was mostly stuck picking up a point every other game, often off broken plays where he darted to loose pucks, getting there...
Jan 21, 2020
Links: Should They or Shouldn't They?

Links: Should They or Shouldn't They?

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Kovalchuk has been a godsend for Montreal, but as the trade deadline approaches, should they hold on to him? The Price effect, mid-season report cards, McDavid, Kassian and more in today's links Montreal Canadiens News and Notes The value of Ilya Kovalchuk at the trade deadline, and should the Habs trade him? [NBC Sports | The Hockey News | Montreal Gazette] The good, bad, and ugly of last week, and the glory that has been Kovalchuk’s time with Montreal so far. [The Athletic] Kovalchuk and Cale Fleury earn mentions in Kyle Bukauskas’...
Jan 20, 2020
Keith Kinkaid allows five as Laval gets steamrolled

Keith Kinkaid allows five as Laval gets steamrolled

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Manitoba wallops Laval in a 5-1 drubbing at the BellMTS Iceplex It was yet another bad start for Keith Kinkaid, and it cost the Rocket a chance at moving up in the standings. Kinkaid was left in net for five goals against the Manitoba Moose in a 5-1 blowout loss Sunday afternoon. The Rocket now only have one win in their last four games. The goaltender has lost three straight starts and allowed five goals against for the second time as a member of the Rocket. The visiting Rocket entered Sunday’s game with a chance to sweep the Moose in their weekend series....
Jan 20, 2020
European Prospect Report: Jesse Ylönen flashes some brilliance

European Prospect Report: Jesse Ylönen flashes some brilliance

Lahden Pelicans Jesse Ylönen scored a beauty, Jacob Olofsson returns to Skellefteå after injury, and Joni Ikonen is looking forward to getting back on the ice soon. Jesse Ylönen, Lahti Pelicans, Liiga, Finland Nothing comes easy for the Finnish winger at the moment, and especially not for his team. The two games played this week were tough losses, a 2-1 loss in OT to SaiPa at home, and an 8-2 loss to Ilves. It was not good for the Pelicans, who, after a struggling and trying season, still have a chance to reach one of the wild-card spots and sneak into the playoffs by the skin of...
Jan 20, 2020
Links: Rating the top prospects in the Canadiens’ system

Links: Rating the top prospects in the Canadiens’ system

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via In today’s links, rating the Habs’ top prospects, bye week might be coming at a bad time, the Canadiens are showing no signs of quitting, and more. Montreal News and Notes The Hockey I/O panelists rate the top youngsters in the Canadiens’ system: Ryan Poehling, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield. [Montreal Gazette] The Canadiens’ bye week might be coming at the worst possible time. [Montreal Gazette] If the Canadiens have shown us one thing, it’s that they won’t quit. [Sportsnet] According to the best CHL prospects heading into the 2020 Draft,...
Jan 19, 2020
The Canadiens are finding help in unusual places

The Canadiens are finding help in unusual places

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via The fourth line made a huge impact on Saturday night It is no secret that the Montreal Canadiens have struggled with injuries, most notably losing top-minute forwards like Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron for the past 30 games. With injury comes struggle, and boy have the Habs struggled. Two eight-game losing streaks have definitely put them on the outside looking in, but just when you think they are completely down and out, a new pair of victors emerges. And it likely isn’t going to be who you think. Nick Cousins opened the scoring last night...
Jan 19, 2020
Cayden Primeau earns another shutout in a lopsided victory

Cayden Primeau earns another shutout in a lopsided victory

Shanna Martin After a rough outing, the rookie rebounded in a big way. After a major winning streak the Laval Rocket crashed back to earth with a pair of losses to end a three-games-in-three-days weekend. In their loss to Bridgeport last Sunday, Cayden Primeau allowed three goals on five shots, and was pulled for Keith Kinkaid. Primeau was given the nod again by Joël Bouchard last night, as the rookie looked to shake off the rough outing a week prior. The Rocket were also bolstered by a returning Matthew Peca, but that return forced the Rocket to sit another veteran to comply with AHL...
Jan 19, 2020
Recap: Everything was happening

Recap: Everything was happening

Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Goals. So many goals. January has been a tumultuous month for the Montreal Canadiens. They came into the month limping, and then ended that losing streak with two emphatic wins — before floundering on Wednesday night against Chicago. They bounced back again, thumping the Philadelphia Flyers on the scoreboard and, in the case of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, with their fists. Rolling into town last night were the Vegas Golden Knights, a team that seems to be incapable of having a boring clash with the Canadiens. Earlier in the year, Montreal stunned Vegas out...