Kayden Primo finally took the lead during Laval Rocket’s brilliant run of the playoffs. Canadian leaders should breathe easier.
Because there were times in the regular season when we wondered if Primo doesn’t get out of the equation.
Things were not going well for him.
His time with the Habs was a disaster, although it must be said that the team was at rock bottom at the time.
Dominate in the playoffs
However, we felt he took a huge step forward in qualifying with the Rocket. He has been in control as you would want to be a goalkeeper during the most important time of the year.
Primo had a big say in the way of the Rocket, who finally conceded defeat in the East Final.
.936 savings percentage and 2.17 goal-to-average in 14 playoffs are numbers that look good on a career path summary.
The question now is whether he can take it to the next level. If Carey Price returns to the game next season, Jake Allen is sure to and will share the job with the big club.
If Price withdraws, the organization’s leaders will have a decision to make.
Hall advocates patience
Does Jean-Francois Hall think Primo is ready for the NHL?
“I think it will be important for Kayden to continue his career in the MLS,” the Rocket coach answered frankly.
“He has to keep playing with confidence. I also think we shouldn’t skip too many steps. I’ve always said you have to wait until you’re 24, 25 or 26 for a goalkeeper to be ready for the National League.
“There are not many who do that at 22 or 23.”
Roy had his moments
It’s not Patrick Roy who wants that.
Roy was only 20 when he led the Canadians to the Stanley Cup in 1986. But we forget that he had the ups and downs of the regular season and that he needed four good campaigns before he became consistent.
Price was also 20 when the Canadians decided to keep him in Montreal rather than send him back to Hamilton, where, after dropping out of the junior ranks in the spring of 2007, he helped the Bulldogs win the Calder Cup.
After a good first season with the big club, he faced two tough seasons. He retreated so much that it was believed that Yaroslav Halek had preceded him.
We know the rest.
Dominic Hasek was 28 years old when he became a star player with the Buffalo Sabers.
Primo will be 23 in August. He has 114 games of experience in three seasons at the professional level.
It’s not huge.
“We shouldn’t rush things,” Hall repeats.
“It’s not just for the goalkeepers, but for the players as well. They have to give them enough time to be successful in MLS.
“Then you see if they have the maturity to move into the National League.”
The rule that the Detroit Red Wings applied to many of their juniors requires a probability of playing 150 minor league games before the National Hockey League takes place.
In Primo’s case, this means he will be on the offensive for CH after another campaign in Laval.
Imagine the essence of the Canadian in two or three years. Suzuki, Coffield, and Romanov are already there, as well as Guhle, Harris, and Wright or Slafkovsky and Harvey-Pinard.
By adding Connor Bedard, the bag will be ketchup!
The fastest ever!
Given the tight score, the first game of the Stanley Cup Final lived up to expectations. But the outcome of this meeting should not have been decided in the extra time. The avalanche stunned the lightning throughout the night.
Lightning’s coach, John Cooper, was the first to acknowledge the dominance of his opponents. But bettors who are betting heavily on the two-time title holder do not panic.
The series has just started.
However, no team comes close to an avalanche in terms of speed. We can even say that it constitutes the fastest club in the history of hockey.
It’s as if Colorado’s height has no bearing on its players.
Nathan McKinnon and Cal McCarn are rockets!
McKinnon goes electric when he drives into an opposite area of the disc. We feel he is really determined to lead his people to the end.
As for Makar, it is nice to see him carry the disc from one area to another. Easily skate with Bobby Orr and Paul Covey.
Ron Hextal’s slip
Looking at him, we understand that Bobby Clark blamed Ron Hextal for not recruiting him when he was the Philadelphia Flyers general manager.
His second choice in 2017, Hextall ignored the recommendations of Clarke, who serves as a senior leader for the organization, and his recruits who saw McCar in their soup.
Hextall chose Nolan Patrick, whose successor Chuck Fletcher traded him for the Nashville Predators last summer. Then they traded Patrick for the Vegas Golden Knights for Cody Glass, another great draft pick that does nothing of value.
Like all teams do in replays. But the one who committed by Hextall put his hot iron on.
Like the Canadian who preferred Cory Urquhart over Patrice Bergeron.