The Montreal Canadiens begin their annual rookie camp today which is the first step towards dropping the puck on the 2021-22 season.
It was not long ago we were watching the Habs in the Stanley Cup Final, but a very busy offseason of change has a different looking group gearing up for this season.
The main training camp will not get underway for another week, but today it is the prospects turn to take centre stage at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
There are 27 players, ranging from recent first round draft picks like Kaiden Guhle to the 11 players that were invited to tryout. Those players have a chance to sign an AHL contract and start the year with the Laval Rocket, but most are likely destined for another trip back to their respective Junior club or possibly starting the year in the ECHL to begin their pro careers.
The camp begins today with medicals and media availability from the players, and they will then hit the ice for each of the next six days. This includes practices and training sessions in Brossard as well as a pair of exhibition games with the Ottawa Senators rookies and a game against a team of Canadian University All-Stars.
The camp will be run by the organization’s AHL coaching staff, led by Laval Rocket head coach Jean Francois Houle and his team of assistants, Kelly Buchberger, Martin Laperriere and Marco Marciano.
While many of the participants are destined to head to lower pro leagues or back to Junior, there are a few players in attendance that could be playing games for the Canadiens this season. Let’s take a look at the three most likely players to stand out at rookie camp and actually play NHL games this season.