May 19

  • Cayden Primeau has been named to the AHL All-Rookie team for the 2019-2020 season.
  • In 33 games with Laval, he finished with 17 wins, 4 shutouts, a 0.908 save percentage, and a 2.45 goals-against average. He also had a 2-game stint with Montreal, where he recorded 1 win, a 0.931 save percentage, and a 2.52 goals-against average.
  • Mattias Norlinder talks about playing centre as a youngster and his switch to defencemen, as well as his success leading up to where he is today, and his move to Frölunda next season. Also, he’s a new fan of golf. [SHL]
  • Roland Vejdemo, father of Lukas Vejdemo, is happy to have his son home during this quarantine time. When he’s in Quebec, his father obviously doesn’t get to see him often, so he’s taking full advantage. Regardless of where he plays, his father states he watches 90% of Lukas’ games. Also, interesting enough, during this time without hockey he’s been working towards obtaining a business or economics degree, where he currently sits at 60 out of 180 necessary credits. He also studied during the season, and stated it’s nice to get your mind off hockey for a little. [Matt Cudzinowski]

May 20

  • Primeau boasts the perfect attitude to become the next starter in Montreal, one day. “Off the ice, Primeau exudes confidence, but it’s wrapped in a wall of modesty. On the ice, he’s the perfect image of calm, juxtaposed with explosiveness and an ability to make highlight-reel saves.” Sound familiar? Primeau isn’t focused on the future, he isn’t focused on stats, and he isn’t focused on becoming the next Carey Price. He’s currently living in he now, and is focused on improving every day. The time will come, and it’s all about patience. [Marc Dumont]
  • When the NHL suspended its season March 12, the league altered its longstanding “reserve list” rule and prohibited any contract to be signed with a 2019-20 start date. According to a source of The Athletic, there is likely “zero chance” that the NHL will change its mind if the season resumes. This currently affects Alexander Romanov, and players under the same situation. [Michael Russo]
  • The AHL is still planning for a regular October start date for next season, however delaying the 2020-21 season until November, December or even as late as January 2021 could be a possibility. This may affect the development of core prospects currently signed to the Laval Rocket. [Patrick Williams].
  • Primeau reflects on his NHL call-up, and being around Price, as well as being named to the AHL All-Rookie team. [TSN]

May 21

  • Rafaël Harvey-Pinard is looking forward to joining former Rouyn-Noranda Huskies teammate Joël Teasdale in Laval. [Tommy Thurber]
  • Norlinder talks about his past season, and areas of his game he felt he improved. He also talks about why he chose Frölunda as his team next season, and expresses his disappointment of not being able to come over to Montreal this summer for camp due to this pandemic. []

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May 27

  • Romanov’s agent, Dan Milstein, on his eligibility to play when/if the season resumes: “It’s our understanding that Alexander should be allowed to play this season if it does resume. His situation is no different than Vladislav Gavrikov’s situation, who joined Columbus during the playoffs last year.” [Guillaume Lefrançois]
  • Marc Bergevin confirms Allan McShane, Cole Fonstad and Samuel Houde will not receive entry-level contract offers. They will all have to re-enter the draft. [Arpon Basu]

May 28

  • It’s expected that NHL and NHLPA will push back the June 1 signing deadline one month. More time is needed to negotiate the possibility of entry level players being allowed to play when/if the season resumes. [Darren Dreger]
  • Jack Han, former player development analyst with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies, states he has bad feeling about Ryan Poehling‘s future. “I think he’s going to have a lot of problems”. He mentions he isn’t a smooth skater, and is clumsy with the puck. He brings up how “he has a hard time dissociating his upper and lower body”. [Nicolas Cloutier]
  • Now on a totally unrelated note, lets go back in time to his 4-goal debut, shall we?

May 29

  • The Laval Rocket sign Rafaël Harvey-Pinard to a one-year, one-way contract.

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