Montreal Canadiens defensemen Logan Mailloux and Justin Barron
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Exciting Call-Up to Be Announced in the Coming Hours? Injuries Will Force the Organization to Make a Move

Published February 12, 2024 at 7:58 PM

If the Montreal Canadiens had performed very well during last year's Super Bowl weekend, notably winning against the Oilers and the Islanders, this year was the complete opposite. Indeed, Martin St-Louis' team lost twice in front of their fans, falling 3-2 against the Dallas Stars on Saturday and 7-2 against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Moreover, to make matters worse, Quebec forward Rafael Harvey-Pinard suffered a lower-body injury due to a collision with Joel Armia, who will now miss four to six weeks of activity. This is Harvey-Pinard's second significant injury this year, having already missed 24 games due to a right ankle injury earlier in the season.

As for Jordan Harris, the organization has confirmed that the young defenseman will be out for an indefinite period. However, given the footage of the violent hit he suffered, it wouldn't be surprising if he experienced a concussion, especially since he had trouble standing without falling after the incident.

Finally, the Canadiens' number 21, Kaiden Guhle, also fell in battle during the game against the Blues. The defenseman took a heavy fall against the boards and seemed visibly in pain. He did not return to the game, leading many observers to believe he may have sustained a serious shoulder injury.

What a nightmarish weekend for Martin St-Louis' crew!

If Kaiden Guhle is unable to rejoin the lineup by tomorrow night, it can be expected that Kent Hughes will seek reinforcements. Without Harris and Guhle, the Canadiens currently have only five healthy defensemen on their roster: Mike Matheson, David Savard, Jayden Struble, Arber Xhekaj, and Johnathan Kovacevic.

It will be very interesting to see if the Montreal management decides to give Logan Mailloux a chance to make his NHL debut.

The first-round pick in 2021 has been impressing in his first season with the Laval Rocket, leading many categories among rookie defensemen. He has notably amassed an exceptional total of 11 goals and 21 assists (32 points) in 45 games, ranking among the most productive defensemen in the AHL.

However, according to journalist Anthony Marcotte, it's more likely that Justin Barron could be promoted in the coming hours, as he has much more experience than Mailloux in the Bettman circuit. Since the Canadiens demoted the former Avalanche player to the farm team, he has collected four points in eight games.

"In terms of roster, the Rocket is barely able to field a 20-player lineup. With the injuries to Harris and Guhle, a recall is expected, potentially of Barron. There will be a domino effect all the way to Trois-Rivières..." - Anthony Marcotte

Of course, recalling Justin Barron would be the logical choice since he has already played over 85 NHL games. However, knowing that the Canadiens will not make the playoffs, the idea of giving Logan Mailloux a few games to audition could be appealing. After all, the management would be able to learn more about Mailloux's progress since the start of the 2023-2024 campaign.

February 12   |   629 answers
Exciting Call-Up to Be Announced in the Coming Hours? Injuries Will Force the Organization to Make a Move

Who should the Canadiens call-up?

Justin Barron12119.2 %
Logan Mailloux43168.5 %
Mattias Norlinder477.5 %
Other304.8 %
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