Montreal Canadiens: 7 Talking Points

MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 17: Cale Fleury #20 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the Minnesota Wild during the third period at the Bell Centre on October 17, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 17: Cale Fleury #20 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the Minnesota Wild during the third period at the Bell Centre on October 17, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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QUEBEC CITY, QC – OCTOBER 11: Rafael Harvey-Pinard (Photo by Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images)
QUEBEC CITY, QC – OCTOBER 11: Rafael Harvey-Pinard (Photo by Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images) /

5. Raphael Harvey-Pinard

If you have yet to watch a Laval Rocket game, I encourage you to do so. They play tonight at 7:00 PM EST and the game will be televised on RDS. I’ve watched all of the Rocket’s first three games and without a doubt, the most impressive player has been Raphael Harvey-Pinard. Three games is a tiny sample size and streaks and slumps are inevitable for first-year pros, but this kid is fun to watch; tuning into a Rocket game is worthwhile just to watch this one 7th round pick alone if you ask me.

The 5’9″ 22-year-old winger plays a tenacious game and constantly makes things happen. Joel Bouchard said in an interview yesterday that had Harvey-Pinard gotten some luck, he’d already have potted 3 or 4 goals in 3 games, and it’s hard to disagree. Given his playstyle and his stature, the comparisons to Brendan Gallagher were bound to be made at some point, and that point is now. He does not have Gallagher’s nose for the dirty areas right around the net but he does have a similar work ethic and a deceptively dangerous wrist shot.

From what I’ve seen in these few games, he is the most NHL-ready of the organization’s prospects currently playing in Laval with the notable exceptions of Cale Fleury and Ryan Poehling. Harvey-Pinard was a 7th round pick in his third and final year of draft eligibility and could very well be another steal late in the draft for the Habs’ scouting team. He does only have one goal and no assists in three games, but anyone who has watched the games would tell you he has been consistently great in those games. Keep an eye on this kid, he’s fun to watch.