At the tender age of 18, is Josué Roy ready to make the leap to the pros? Very soon we will have the answer.
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Roy, a Canadian fifth-round pick in the 2021 draft, skated with Joël Teasdale and Cédric Paquette during Tuesday’s practice at Place Bell in Laval. He could participate in the third game of the series against the Springfield Thunderbirds, which will be presented this Wednesday night in the same place.
The use of the conditional is necessary here because there are some question marks with Rocket at the moment. The biggest concern is Gabriel Bourque, absent Tuesday. The veteran had to abdicate during Sunday’s game in Springfield after sustaining a head injury following a first-half check by Dakota Joshua.
If Bourque isn’t here on Wednesday, Roy could be there.
“He had a very good training. [mardi]and we will also see what will happen with Bourque and Paquette,” explained head coach Jean-François Houle.
“Going from junior hockey to professional is definitely a big step. It’s a very physical game here at the moment, but Joshua has shown that he can play at a high level. »
He has been watching all this from the stands for several games and I think he can help us.
Jean-François Houle, Rocket head coach
Because it is not the talent of the young man that is in question here. Remember that Roy was the top scorer in the QMJHL in 2021-2022. In 66 games he scored 51 goals and added 68 assists, for a total of 119 points.
The Canadiens offered him a three-year rookie deal at the end of the season, and most recently he moved to Laval following the elimination of his junior club Sherbrooke Phoenix against the Charlottetown Islanders.
“He had time to watch our games, to observe our game system a little bit and also the intensity that we find here in the American League in the playoffs,” added Jean-François Houle. If there is a message for him, it will be: go ahead, play. The best players always find a way, and I’m sure he’ll find a way too if they give him a sign. »
“The best place in the whole league”
With a 1-1 draw in this series, Rocket players also see this return to Laval as timely. Almost everyone has been saying it one by one since the beginning of this series: the presence of this raucous crowd at Place Bell can transport the club.
“It’s probably the best place in the whole league,” striker Jean-Sébastien Dea replied. The fans are amazing. About three-quarters of the players on this team are players from Quebec, so we met quite a few friends and family here in the stands. It gives a little push, and if we can use it as an advantage, we can succeed. »
And success will start with discipline, if we understand it correctly. Because since the beginning of this series, we noticed traces of rififi, the occasional fathom-comrade, and also, certain players who seek noise as if there were no tomorrow.
Rocket goalkeeper Cayden Primeau, among other things, seems to have become a prime target for the opponent.
“When we played the first two games there, the referees were a little special,” defender Tobie Paquette-Bisson explained.
“We complain and Jean-François [Houle] he told us [mardi matin]… Sure, the Thunderbirds see that Cayden is amazing right now. We don’t want to get too involved in his game, in five against five we feel confident, we know we have the advantage. But here at home, if they are allowed to do that, it will be my job to fight back and defend Cayden…”
But coach he warned his players not to behave like the Philadelphia Flyers of the 1970s.
“We have to be disciplined and play hockey,” insisted Jean-François Houle. If they try to distract Cayden, we’ll do the same to his goalkeeper… but we have to be disciplined. »
- Joshua Roy has 225 points in 175 games in the QMJHL.
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