Canadiens make several roster moves following the end of the season

Aaron Itovitch
April 17, 2024  (8:17 PM)

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes
Photo credit: Montreal Gazette

Now that the Montreal Canadiens have wrapped up their 2023-2024 season, fans will be turning their attention to the Laval Rocket as the team attempts to clinch a playoff berth.

Moreover, CH General Manager Kent Hughes has just given a significant boost to Jean-François Houle by sending four top players to his farm team. Indeed, defensemen Logan Mailloux, Jayden Struble, and Justin Barron, as well as forward Joshua Roy, will have the opportunity to play additional games before the year ends.
"The Canadiens have assigned Justin Barron, Logan Mailloux, Joshua Roy, and Jayden Struble to the Laval Rocket. Roy has been cleared to return to play." - Canadiens de Montréal

This is fantastic news for the Laval Rocket, which will gain the support of four highly talented players for the last two games of the campaign against the Belleville Senators.
Additionally, according to information shared by the organization, Joshua Roy has officially been cleared by doctors to return to play. Recall that the Quebecois forward had suffered a serious right-hand injury while blocking a shot from Evan Bouchard against the Edmonton Oilers on March 19.
His rehabilitation has gone splendidly, and just four weeks later, he is already back on the ice. Undoubtedly, his addition will greatly bolster the Rocket's offense, which is gearing up to play its two most important games of the season, especially in the absence of key players like Brandon Gignac and Mitchell Stephens.
In 40 games in the American Hockey League, the Saint-Georges-de-Beauce native has posted excellent stats in his first professional season, accumulating 13 goals and 19 assists (32 points).
Furthermore, the additions of Logan Mailloux, Jayden Struble, and Justin Barron will undoubtedly have an incredible impact on Jean-François Houle's defensive corps. With David Reinbacher and William Trudeau already in Laval, the Rocket could potentially boast the best defense in the entire AHL.

A Crucial Weekend for the Laval Rocket

Currently in sixth place in the North Division, Jean-François Houle's team is two points behind the Ottawa Senators' farm team. Knowing that Belleville will face the Syracuse Crunch tonight and could thus extend their lead, the Rocket must be uncompromising on Friday and Saturday if they wish to secure their ticket to the postseason.
If the Senators win tonight, Houle's men will absolutely need to win in regulation in both weekend games, otherwise, making the playoffs will become an impossible scenario.
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